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Nel selected as preferred supplier for Spanish green fertilizer project

Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser, a division of Norway-headed hydrogen technology supplier Nel ASA (Nel), has announced that it has been selected as a "preferred supplier" by power major Iberdrola Group for a 20 MW Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) solution for a green fertilizer project in Spain. Subject to the final agreement, the hydrogen plant is scheduled to commence operations in 2021.

Centrally located in Spain, Fertiberia’s Puertollano plant has an annual production of 985 000 tonnes of nitrogen fertilizer products such as ammonia, urea, and nitrates. Together with Iberdrola, the company plans to establish one of Europe’s largest green hydrogen plants for use in its production (photo courtesy Fertiberia).

Earlier this year, Iberdrola together with compatriot fertilizer manufacturer Fertiberia S.A. announced a project to establish the largest green hydrogen plant in Europe.

Located in Puertollano, Spain it will feature a 100 MW solar PV plant, a battery installation with a storage capacity of 20 MWh, and a 20 MW electrolyser. The hydrogen produced in the project will primarily be used by Fertiberia for green fertilizer production.

We are very excited and honored that Iberdrola prefers to use a PEM electrolyser solution from Nel for this landmark green fertilizer project. It is a true testament to our PEM platform, which has been deployed all over the world for several decades. We continuously work to develop larger systems, and with this project, our PEM platform will be designed into a 20 MW solution. We have over the course of the last year been working on both alkaline and PEM large-scale solutions, which serve different customer needs, and we look forward to providing our PEM solution for this project, said Filip Smeets, SVP Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser & Nel Hydrogen Fueling.

The 20 MW electrolyser is scheduled to commence operations in 2021. The contract award, the value of which has not been disclosed, is subject to a mutual agreement on the final agreement on terms and conditions, technical details, and board approval.

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