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Civitavecchia betting on hydrogen

by Port News Editorial Staff

The port of Civitavecchia is bidding to become Italy’s first “Hydrogen Valley” port. This was announced by the Central-North Tyrrhenian Port Network Authority in a press release in which it disclosed that it had become one of the partners in the European “LIFE3H”, a project coordinated by Abruzzo Regional Administration.

The project, worth 6.5 million euros, is absolutely strategic and innovative as it is the first Italian Hydrogen Valley project and the first hydrogen mobility project in central Italy.

LIFE3H was already positively evaluated in its initial phase last October. The project  aims to lay  the groundwork for developing three Hydrogen Valleys (sites for the production, storage and use of integrated hydrogen), through demonstrations of public hydrogen transport (mainly from the Terni steel plant and the Abruzzo Chimica Bussi chlorine soda plant) and related refueling stations in three areas with different characteristics:  a mountain/park area represented by the Altopiano delle Rocche in Abruzzo; the city of Terni, an urban centre characterized by the presence of steelworks and air quality problems; and a marine and port area as indeed Civitavecchia is.

“The Port Network Authority,” says President Pino Musolino, “is implementing a series of coordinated actions, participating in this and other projects on the use of hydrogen, to plan sustainable development in the near future. In doing so, it is immediately becoming a key player in the strategic choices of the European Green Deal; a new strategy for growth that will reduce emissions and create new jobs. Hydrogen is undoubtedly a pillar of this strategy, and the challenge is to minimize the transition time to the new energy production model based essentially on a mix of renewables and ‘green’ hydrogen. Being at the forefront of this development process, to the point of becoming a model of excellence at European level, is certainly a major achievement for the Ports of Rome and an important investment in the future of the port and the surrounding area.”

Translation by Giles Foster