PLOCAN has organised the webinar ‘Renewable hydrogen generation – Offshore opportunities’, in which the main players in the sector have addressed the generation of renewable hydrogen and the integration of marine renewables into this sector which is consolidated as one of the future bets in order to achieve the objectives of the European Union for the decarbonisation of the 2050 Energy System.
The CEO of PLOCAN, José Joaquín Hernández Brito, who has moderated the event, has highlighted the projection of the Canary Islands as a benchmark in promoting the development of hydrogen generation from marine renewable energies, especially offshore wind energy, and has pointed out the importance of this integration for the growth of a sustainable ocean economy. In addition, he has stressed the need to work on the development of a clear and concise regulatory framework that regulates all projects and initiatives within the sector.
Hernández Brito has underlined the potential of the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN), as a multipurpose infrastructure for research, development and innovation in the field of marine science and technologies, to contribute to the integration and implementation of the generation of offshore renewable hydrogen, promoting technology of excellence to develop and validate new models to mitigate climate change, based on the energy transition and the conservation of the quality of the marine environment.
During the event, José Fernando Gallego Belizón, Head of Innovation of Acciona; Ignacio Pantojo Titos, Manager of the Floating Offshore Wind Energy Department and Yeray Fernández Díaz, Responsible for Green Hydrogen Projects of Iberdrola; Pilar Heras López, Project Engineer and Certification Manager of Floating Power Plant; Francisco Javier Sánchez Castañeda, Technician in the Open Innovation Unit of the National Hydrogen Centre; Gabriel Winter Althaus, Director of the SIANI-CEANI Research Group of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC); Carlos Navas Pérez, Hydrogen Project Management Reference of Enagás; and Juan Velasco, Business Development Manager of Wärtsilä have presented the initiatives and projects of each entity closely related to the generation of renewable hydrogen.