The hydrogen production plant will be located at RESIDUOS ARAGON in Los Pitarcos, an industrial area of Muel (Zaragoza) in the Aragon region of Spain.
The hydrogen plant will be directly linked to and receive electricity from a wind farm in Cabezo de San Roque, approximately 6 km from the Residuos Aragon site.
Aragón has great potential as a site for the production of green hydrogen due to:
01. Favourable environmental conditions for solar and wind energy.
This can be seen from the number of ambitious photovoltaic and windfarm projects located or planned around the area. Aragon has Spain’s third highest wind resource (almost 2200 equivalent hours annually) after Galicia and Navarra.
02. The project is located in an industrial hub with a large concentration of companies who are potential users of the hydrogen and oxygen generated by this new plant.
03. The Aragón region is notable for its significant interest in and promotion of renewable hydrogen technologies.
In 2003 The Foundation for the Development of New Hydrogen Technologies in Aragon (FHa) was set up in the region and promoted by the Government of Aragon. 28 entities supported the launch of this initiative, which has grown each year and now has a board made up of 70 members of key importance for the regional economy, including Enagas.
As a result, increasing numbers of Spanish energy companies are developing hydrogen-related projects in the area, which has the potential to become an important European hub for the development of the sector.
Cabezo San Roque Wind Farm is owned by Falck Renewables and is located in the municipality of Muel, around 18 miles south-west of Zaragoza in the Spanish region of Aragon. It sits on a vast plateau, around 2,000 feet above sea level. The 23.25MW wind farm includes 31 turbines and provides enough clean energy for over 16,000 households, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by around 15,000 tons per year
Residuos Aragón are specialists in the treatment and recovery of animal waste, known as Sandach, that cannot be used as food. This industrial process is focused on the management of animal by-products and their transformation into fat/oil for biofuels production and powder for cement ovens.
Designed to treat more than 70,000 tonnes of Sandach per year, the Residuos Aragón plant has a surface area of 30,000 m2 across three warehouses and an office building of more than 6,000 m2, with the possibility of extending the production facilities to reach a capacity of 210,000 tonnes per year.
Its strong investment in technology has made it one of the most modern plants in Europe with the strictest standards of workplace risk prevention, environmental risk and safety in general, in accordance with the current regulations on Sandach products.