c5Lab is proud to be part of the innovative decarbonization consortium to be launched in Portugal

Nazaré Green Hydrogen Valley (NGHV) consortium is set to unite leading industrial players in Portugal’s central region of Marinha Grande. The consortium plans to put forward an innovative decarbonization plan though the use of green hydrogen. The project titled "Nazaré Green Hydrogen Valley" represents 10% of CO2 emissions within whole industrial sector of Portugal, thus having a strong impact on sector sustainability, exports and communities. NHGV aims to replicate this approach nationwide.

NGHV brings together five energy intensive leading companies in industrial segments such as glass and cement markets, all active in the central region of Marinha Grande, Leiria and Coimbra. The consortium is set to revolutionize the way the Portuguese industrial sector approaches decarbonization through a mature and scalable technology.

It will lead the transition to cleaner energy produced from renewable sources such as solar energy, using circular economy practices through the use of wastewater. By decarbonizing these companies, NGHV will cut a significant share of total carbon industry emissions nationwide. Consortium strengthens foreign investment and national industry.

The consortium, led by REGA ENERGY, comprises the leading businesses across various industrial sectors with founders such as Águas do Centro Litoral, BA Glass, Cimpor, Crisal, GGND (Galp Natural Gas Distribuição), Secil. NGHV includes technology and R&D centers such as c5Lab, Technology Centre of Ceramics and Glass (CTCV), the Portuguese Hydrogen Association (P2 H2 Association) in addition to other partners, such as Fusion Fuel and Madoqua Ventures.

REGA ENERGY is a leading independent renewable gas producer based in Portugal which brings know-how and experience in the hydrogen industry to the national market. The team is staffed with Portuguese experienced engineers and business developers with backgrounds in Portuguese energy companies. Its activities will generate the creation of highly qualified jobs and teams to buildout this nascent industry. NGHV’s initial investment is estimated at over 100 EUR million, expected to scale up over time. By 2025, the consortium will employ over 1700 people, out of which 140 positions will be entirely new.

“Portugal can become a European powerhouse for the low carbon industry through its renewable resources, exporting low carbon premium products and new sector industries. Sobriety, recycling, efficiency, electrification is not sufficient for heavy industries to reach carbon neutrality. This is where green hydrogen comes into play, for deep decarbonization. Nazaré Green Hydrogen Valley project can set the beginning of the decarbonization path for Portugal’s industry. We look forward to scaling it to multiple industrial regions in the country” says Thomas Carrier, CEO of REGA ENERGY.

For Otmar Hübscher and Luis Fernandes, respectively leading SECIL and CIMPOR “the consortium will set a milestone for industry competitiveness through the production of green hydrogen. It can contribute decisively to achieve carbon neutral and sustainability goals by 2050 for both companies”.

The project is supported by the glass industry “through the consortium effort we want to endeavour Marinha Grande’s 300 years legacy in the glass industry. Glass must be carbon neutral to bring full value to society and a more circular economy. Glass plants cannot electrify the entirety of its energy needs, and we see NGHV delivering the compelling complementary solution glass needs though the supply of Green Hydrogen and Green Oxygen” according to BA Glass, Vidrala and Crisal Managers’, respectively Reinaldo Coelho, Carlos Barranha and Carlos Viegas, who perceive this initiative as a unique opportunity to step forward in decarbonization.

Business plan: low carbon and price stability

NGHV is a large-scale project set to bring strategic advantage to energy intensive players and consumers,not only through decarbonization but also through long-term energy price stability. Energy cost predictability can offer better energy resilience domestically while adding to the country’s societal stability and long-term job attractiveness.

In heavy industry, there is no electrification technology available to ensure deep decarbonization. Such is the case for steel, cement, glass, fertilizer and ceramics. Thus, such export businesses in Portugal will ensure the production of low carbon products, contributing to the export of value-added products with renewable energy, made in Portugal.

Where renewable gas is not used by consortium customers, it can be injected in the natural gas network through indirect green hydrogen purchase agreement contracts, allowing other industrial companies to benefit from these contracts to compensate their emissions resulting from fossil energy consumption.

Project implementation

“Nazaré Green Hydrogen Valley” consortium expects to start implementing the project physical infrastructure by 2023, with operations set to begin by the end of 2025, subject to public financial support. Infrastructure will include a dedicated network including a solar plant producing renewable energy and supplying hydrogen.

Nazaré Green Hydrogen Valley in numbers

Investment across consortium is estimated over 100 EUR million aimed at retrofit industry processes to become carbon neutral. In parallel, the consortium will develop an installed capacity of 40MW, with an extension of up 600MW. This can make NGHV one of the largest global projects for green hydrogen production, driven by the industry need for decarbonization.

The consortium represents more than 1MtCO2 of emissions per year, an estimated 10% of national industry total CO2 emissions equivalent or Portugal's 2.5% total CO2 emissions.

A future project: innovative, technological, and circular economy

Decarbonization is a business imperative and requires action with a sustainable and reliable strategy, using circular economy practices whenever possible.

This is the largest scale project of this nature to be launched in Portugal and it’s planned to be replicated in other regions, as a mean to support businesses in meeting EU’s ambitious environmental targets. It can also help promoting better conditions for regional job preservation and specialization.

This national project is aligned with the EU’s transition, supportive of a twin digital and green agenda for Portugal.

Background information:

About the consortium NGHV: https://www.nghv.pt/
About REGA: https://www.regaenergy.com/
About ÁGUAS DO CENTRO: https://www.aguasdocentrolitoral.pt/
About BA GLASS: https://www.baglass.com/en/index.php
About CIMPOR: https://www.cimpor.com/
About CRISAL: https://crisal.pt/
About GGND: https://www.ggnd.pt/pt-pt/
About SECIL: https://www.secil-group.com/
About VIDRALA: https://www.vidrala.com/en/
About Associação Portuguesa de Hidrogénio: https://www.ap2h2.pt/
About c5Lab: http://www.c5lab.pt/
About CTCV: https://www.ctcv.pt/
About FUSION FUEL: https://www.fusion-fuel.eu/
About MADOQUA: https://www.madoquaventures.com/

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