The operator of the gas system in Spain, Enagás signed this week with the TSOs of France (GRTgaz and Teréga) and Portugal (REN) the Green2TSO initiative, with the aim of transforming the gas network into a hydrogen network through innovation open, as reported by the Spanish company in a statement on Monday.
The Green2TSO project aligned with the main initiatives of the European Commission, the European Green Pact, Fitfor55 and REPowerEU underlines the role of European TSOs to transport hydrogen, an efficient, safe and clean energy vector, using its infrastructure on a large scale.
For its part, the European Commission supports open innovation as a driver of technological transformation and cooperation between States. In this sense, it has approved the co-financing of Green2TSO Ophtycs, a project within the field of hydrogen measurement led by the promoters of Green2TSO.
From the natural gas network to the hydrogen network
The Green2TSO consortium will carry out pilot projects, technology trials and other activities to accelerate the transformation of the natural gas network towards a hydrogen network. The priority technological areas will be the development of a hydrogen measurement system, compression and storage on the surface, as well as alternatives for coating and cleaning gas pipelines.
The CEO of Enagás, Arturo Gonzalo, has pointed out that the collaboration of the TSOs also in the field of innovation is “crucial for the development of the renewable gas infrastructure in Europe”. In addition, Gonzalo has ensured that this agreement “fits perfectly with the common objective of the European Union to decarbonise the economy and advance in energy independence”.