Snam and Sagat's first Italian hydrogen cell at Turin Airport

January 7, 2022
Caselle Airport will have at its disposal an energy solution that will help it cut emissions quickly in order to achieve Carbon Neutrality.

Snam is one of the world's leading energy infrastructure companies . Thanks to its sustainable and technologically advanced network, it ensures the security of energy supplies and enables the energy transition. Through its subsidiary Renovit, Snam has signed an agreement with Sagat, manager of Turin Airport, for the construction of a 1.2 MW plant capable of producing electricity from hydrogen.

The fuel cell that will be used has been designed and developed by Snam's Hydrogen business unit, in partnership with the American Fuel Cell Energy. It will be the first cogeneration plant in Italy, in terms of size and type, and will be built as part of the Torino Green Airport project. This fuel cell will be able to be fuelled with varying percentages of hydrogen mixed with natural gas, for the combined generation of electricity and heat, and is scheduled to be installed in the second quarter of 2023.

Marco Alverà, CEO of Snam, explained: "Hydrogen will play a key role in the pursuit of zero net emissions in many sectors, including airport and port infrastructure. With this agreement we are providing Turin Airport with an effective and innovative energy solution capable of immediately reducing emissions and integrating increasing amounts of hydrogen to achieve carbon neutrality".

Andrea Andorno, CEO of Torino Airport, added: "The implementation of this solution represents the flagship project of our Torino Green Airport sustainability programme, which was announced last July and brings together all the airport's sustainability initiatives, aimed at reducing consumption and environmental emissions, confirming our concrete commitment in this direction. In Snam we have found the right partner for the implementation of an innovative project, which immediately contributes to the creation of demand for clean energy such as hydrogen and other gaseous carriers from certified renewable sources. The project will allow Sagat to anticipate the goal of zero emissions, compared to the target date of 2050".

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