One of the main goals Renovatio has in the hydrogen sector is to decarbonize transport by facilitating the charging of future hydrogen-based vehicles at various points in Romania, Alexandru Teodorescu, Managing Partner Renovatio, said, during the ONLINE conference “Project Hydrogen – the Romanian debate”, organized by Energynomics. Renovatio will develop alternative fuel stations, starting with electricity and CNG, but later also with hydrogen. The company will also produce hydrogen in Borzești.
“Energy is our foundation. We started already in 2006 with renewable energy projects – wind and photovoltaic, and we exceeded 2.000 MW in installed capacity developed in wind segment and 600 MW in photovoltaic, both in Romania and in other countries on three continents. Sustainability is at the heart of all Renovatio developments at present; from the development of renewable projects to the trading activities, where at present the renewable energy component is more than 70% of the total energy supplied to our customers,” said Alexandru Teodorescu.
At the same time, Renovatio developed an infrastructure of 120 stations for charging electric cars in big cities and on the main transport corridors in Romania.
“We thought it was not enough just to provide the e-charging stations for cars, we want to focus on all the alternative fuels. This is how we plan to develop alternative fuel service stations, including the CNG, power and, in the future, hydrogen – which will be used mainly for heavy transport, one of the biggest polluters”.
Renovatio wants to respond to the lack of a charging points infrastructure for hydrogen on the main transport corridors in Romania.
“This development has raised the following problem: where to take hydrogen from? We have entered into various discussions on the use of a hydrogen production facility and, in particular, green hydrogen. Two years ago we purchased the thermal power plant in Borzești, which we want to convert into a green hub. The thermal power plant has been shut down for several years, and we want to upgrade it to produce energy with the lowest emissions possible. Of course, we are also planning to develop renewable projects in the area – both wind and photovoltaic. These projects will be directly linked to a 15-20 MW electrolysis unit to produce green hydrogen, to be used in future electromobility projects, but also for the future gas turbines that we will install at the Borzești plant,” he said.
”We look forward to the regulations in the field. There is a very old Regulation for the development of hydrogen stations, we hope that, as with the CNG, it will be updated as soon as possible so that we can already start the design, authorization, and rapid construction of these stations”.
The conference “Project Hydrogen – the Romanian debate” was organized by Energynomics, with the support of our partners Chimcomplex, Horvath & Partners, Kawasaki Gas Turbines Europe, Metachim, Renovatio, Siemens Energy, Solar Turbines.
More than 300 people registered on MyConnector platform to participate in the dialogue.