Snam to expand Italy’s hydrogen refuelling station network

Jake Stones

23-Apr-2021

LONDON (ICIS)–Italian energy infrastructure company Snam announced plans to expand the country’s public hydrogen refuelling station network on 23 April.

Snam4Mobility, a Snam Group company, and Wolftank Hydrogen have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development of hydrogen refuelling stations in Italy.

“The Snam-Wolftank collaboration is focused on the development of refuelling stations. Hydrogen supply mode will be evaluated at a later stage,” a Snam spokesman told ICIS.

Currently there is just one public hydrogen refuelling station in Italy, built in 2012. Snam aims to build at least five more by 2024.

The announced MoU will evaluate infrastructure initiatives to enable the use of hydrogen in the transport sector in Italy, with potential to expand collaboration between the two companies to neighbouring markets of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Snam’s announcement follows the draft Italian hydrogen roadmap which was released in November 2020. The roadmap aims to have 5GW of electrolyser capacity online by 2030 which can provide  low-carbon hydrogen to support the decarbonisation of the transport and industry sectors.

Long-haul trucks currently amount for 5-10% of Italy’s total transport emissions. The Italian plan aims to have 4,000 hydrogen fuel cell trucks operational by 2030, roughly 2% of the market share.

The roadmap aims at having dozens of refuelling stations across the country by 2030.

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