Hydrogen, an essential energy vector in the energy transition, particularly in difficult-to-electrify sectors and processes.

11 February 2021
Investigador en el laboratorio de membranas de TECNALIA

TECNALIA’s researcher Ekain Fernández delves into low carbon hydrogen production; adapting distribution infrastructures; and tailoring processes and systems for its end use.

Green hydrogen plays a crucial role in the energy transition. It comes from renewable energy sources and is used for decarbonisation in a large number of areas and sectors: in the chemical industry, where it is used as a raw material; in industrial sectors that emit carbon dioxide (steelworks, refineries, cement plants); in transport and mobility; in the residential and tertiary sectors; and to transport energy on a massive scale and store it for long periods of time, among other uses.

At TECNALIA we develop technological solutions to meet the major challenges posed by hydrogen: large-scale, cost-effective low carbon hydrogen production; adapting transport and distribution infrastructures; and tailoring processes and systems for its end use.

TECNALIA is also strengthening its alliance with the National Hydrogen Centre to develop new key technologies throughout the hydrogen value chain, fostering the generation of clean hydrogen, implementing new infrastructures to transport it and promoting new processes in which it can be used.


  • The ARENHA project explores the use of green ammonia for flexible, safe and cost-effective energy storage and use.
  • MEMBER develops and pilots a hydrogen production prototype with integrated carbon dioxide capture.
  • MACBETH aims to demonstrate membrane reactor prototypes for producing hydrogen from reforming biogas and natural gas in a suitable environment.
  • HIGGS focuses on using the natural gas grid to inject hydrogen from renewable sources and then separating it. The project also looks at the performance of materials and components in the transportation network that come into contact with natural gas-hydrogen mixtures.
  • SINATRAH studies the distribution of hydrogen through the natural gas grid, its subsequent purification and its efficient use in sustainable industrial applications.
  • HAEOLUS looks at integrating hydrogen storage linked to wind farm production into the electricity grid.
  • H2SITE is a joint venture between the University of Eindhoven and the French multinational Engie, based in the Basque Country, which develops high purity distributed hydrogen production systems based on membrane reactor technology.

Hydrogen Agenda

On February 11, Ekain Fernández, Head of Hydrogen Technologies at TECNALIA, coordinator of the Hydrogen Distribution technical committee, and member of the executive committee of Hydrogen Europe Research will moderate the “Hydrogen Agenda” event. We will learn about the Hydrogen Roadmap from Jose Luis Cabo Sánchez, of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge.

Javier Brey, chairman of AeH2, the Spanish Hydrogen Association, and Fernando Palacín, general manager of the Foundation for the Development of New Hydrogen Technologies in Aragon, will also attend the event.

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In this way, we hope to do our bit to reach the analysts' target of meeting 24% of the world's energy demand by 2050, with annual sales in the range of 630 billion euros.