Alpiq, Campillo Palmera and Ecoinversol (Logistop partner) announce their strategic collaboration in the development of a pioneering green hydrogen initiative in the industrial heart of Molina de Segura, Murcia. This project, operating under the project company “Almolina H2 SL”, is currently in the initial stages of engineering and permitting, with the goal of achieving “Ready to Build” status by the end of 2024. Additionally, this collaboration has been presented within the second call of the H2 Pioneers Programme, a key instrument of the Spanish Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan.
The initiative aims to catalyse a sustainable, pioneering project in the region’s freight transport sector, with plans to expand into industrial applications, thus strengthening the local economy in Molina de Segura and the Region of Murcia. This municipality, recognised as a vibrant industrial hub and located a short distance from the capital, stands out as a strategic point for this initiative, thanks to its prominent role in national and international freight transport and its proximity to the Mediterranean Corridor.
The project will incorporate a 10 MW electrolyser powered by dedicated solar photovoltaic energy. Alpiq Energía España will supply the additional energy required through a PPA from 100% renewable sources, ensuring compliance with the European green hydrogen taxonomy. With an estimated production of approximately 1,200 tonnes of green hydrogen per year, the project is designed to significantly reduce the carbon footprint, offsetting around 14,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.
In this context, Paula del Castillo, Country Manager of Alpiq Energía España, comments: “With this project, Alpiq underlines its commitment to a sustainable energy business. We are pleased to promote the development of green hydrogen as one of the most important energy vectors in the decarbonisation process in Spain, and especially in the logistics activity, mainly in long distance operations”.
As part of this plan, a green hydrogen refuelling station will be developed within Campillo Palmera’s logistics facilities, which will not only serve its fleet, but will also be available to meet the needs of other interested entities. After more than 15 years at the forefront of the green transition, Campillo Palmera is taking another step in its journey using clean technologies, in addition to its plans to introduce fuel cell powered trucks in 2026.
Alpiq, Europe’s leading Swiss electricity producer with a strong presence in the hydrogen chain through projects such as the Hydrospider ecosystem, brings invaluable expertise, further strengthening this collaboration. For its part, Ecoinversol, with a long history in the promotion and development of renewable energies in Spain, joins this coalition, emphasising sustainable and environmentally friendly energy management.
Ralph Dassonville, head of Alpiq’s Hydrogen Development team, underlines: “This project marks a milestone in our strategy in Spain. Our goal is to position ourselves as a reliable provider of mobility through green hydrogen in Europe, and Molina de Segura represents our first significant step on this path in Spain”.
Joaquín Campillo, CEO of Campillo Palmera, adds: “Pioneers in sustainability for more than fifteen years, we started by purifying all our waste water, we continued by incorporating ecologically advanced tractor-trailers with low-emission engines into our fleet, reaching today 100% use of electric energy of sustainable origin. Now we are taking another revolutionary leap forward, getting involved in this ambitious project that fully identifies with our environmental protection policy and prepares us to incorporate vehicles powered by Green Hydrogen into our fleet, with the ambition of having, by the end of this decade, vehicles with reduced/zero emissions”.
Juan Carlos de Pablo, Managing Partner of Ecoinversol and Head of Innovation for Decarbonisation and Sustainability applied to the logistics chain at Logistop, says: “In 2018 we pioneered the development of the first integrated green hydrogen project for the Spanish logistics sector, which has been operational since 2022; this new project represents a change of scale and a technological leap in the growth of innovative applications of this energy vector.”
With the launch of this green hydrogen platform, all entities involved are committed to setting a new standard in clean energy, aiming to transform Molina de Segura into a sustainable logistics hub through the use of green hydrogen as a fuel for road freight transport in Europe.