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energy areas isolated project pilot supply hydrogen renewable

Hydrogen: a pilot project to supply renewable energy to isolated areas
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Hydrogen: a pilot project to supply renewable energy to isolated areas.

The Technological Institute of the Canary Islands (ITC), attached to the Ministry of Economy, Knowledge and Employment of the Government of the Canary Islands, and the companies INYCOM and CAPISA Group have worked together on the installation of an autonomous system based on renewable generation and storage in batteries and hydrogen, capable of supplying the necessary energy for the operation of an agricultural complex located in an area of difficult access to the electricity grid of the municipality of La Aldea of San Nicolás (Gran Canaria), owned by Agropecuaria Furel S.L

REMOTE: maximizing the use of renewable energies
REMOTE, funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 programme, is a demonstration project that includes three off-grid installations in Europe, the first of these pilot systems on the island of Gran Canaria, the second in Agkistro (Greece) and the third in Rye (Norway). This trio of demonstration installations covers the different climatic zones throughout the continent. The objective of the project in all facilities is to maximize the use of renewable energies through the storage of electricity with hydrogen technologies, thus reducing dependence on the use of fossil fuel generator sets.

Hydrogen-based storage systems
In the case of the installation in La Aldea de San Nicolás de Tolentino, the need for this project is justified by the expansion project of Agropecuaria Furel, which has increased its capacity to 2000 head of cattle. This action is associated with an increase in the electricity consumption of the complex, which is being covered by electricity supply based on photovoltaic energy. However, to avoid dependence on backup diesel generators when renewable production is not sufficient, the use of hydrogen-based energy storage systems is necessary.

The total investment made by the consortium, which includes the design, installation, commissioning and operation of the hydrogen plant, amounts to a total of 1.1 million euros. On the other hand, Agropecuaria Furel has made an investment of 1.5 million euros in order to carry out the expansion project (including the new structure of the factory and the new machinery), as well as the installation of the renewable energy generation system (photovoltaic).

The objective of this expansion project is not only to increase the capacity of the farm, but also its modernization, improvement of productivity, and energy savings associated with the acquisition of new machines that have greater efficiency and allow a better use of resources. This, together with the renewable energy project of the European Union, has made the farm much more sustainable and respectful of the environment.

Avoid dependence on diesel generators
In this context, the local consortium formed by the ITC, Inycom and CAPISA Group, has deployed a system composed of a photovoltaic plant and a hybrid storage system using 100 kW/100 kW batteries combined with a 70kW electrolyser, hydrogen tanks of 50 kg capacity at 200 bars and a 100kW fuel cell. For this implementation, it has been key to have the experience of ITC, the first company to launch a hydrogen storage system in the Canary Islands, and Inycom, with a long history in engineering projects and integration of hydrogen systems, and the collaboration of CAPISA Group as a great connoisseur of the agricultural sector and the energy requirements necessary in this type of facilities.

As a result, the need to support the renewable supply with diesel generators has been significantly reduced, which translates into lower operating costs linked to this fuel for Agropecuaria Furel S.L. In addition, this project aims to position this livestock farm as a European benchmark not only in terms of milk production capacity, but also in terms of innovation with a low or zero electricity supply in greenhouse gas emissions.
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