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Croatian Ina eyes green hydrogen production in 2026

Croatian Ina eyes green hydrogen production in 2026

Date: April 16th 2024

Author: Dalibor Dobrić

Category: En.vision

Topic: Electricity , Renewables , Energy policy , New technologies

Croatian energy company Ina is planning to become the country’s first producer of commercial green hydrogen in 2026, with the construction of a 10 MW green hydrogen plant in the northern Adriatic city of Rijeka.

The plant will include a 10 MW electrolyser, coupled with a solar power plant that will partially power the production unit located at the company’s oil refinery site and the hydrogen produced will be used in transportation, Ina’s press release states.

Croatia is aiming for 70 MW of electrolyser capacity by 2026, economy ministry state secretary Ivo Milatic told Montel last October.

Earlier this year, the Ministry announced a EUR 23m subsidy scheme for hydrogen refuelling stations to be built along the TEN-T road connections between Zagreb and the cities of Split, Varazdin and Rijeka.

At least six should be built by 2026, with a capacity of at least 100 kg each. Ina has the biggest petrol station network in Croatia.

Last week, Ina’s co-owner, the Hungarian Mol Group, inaugurated a 10 MW green hydrogen plant in the town of Szazhalombatta, which will produce 1,600 tonnes of green hydrogen per year.

Biomethane facility

Ina also announced that it had signed a contract on the construction of a biomethane production facility in the central Croatian town of Sisak. The biomethane will be produced mostly from agricultural residues such as straw, manure and slurry, as well as different types of biodegradable waste.

The produced biomethane could be delivered to the gas system of Croatia, while the residue remaining from production could be used as an ecologically acceptable fertilizer, the company said.

The combined cost of both the green hydrogen and biomethane plants is estimated to be EUR 98m and both should be completed in 2026. Funds for both will be sought from Croatia’s recovery and resilience facility.

Other renewables

Ina is also planning to build geothermal and solar power plants in Croatia and is testing the offshore wind potential of the northern Adriatic sea.

“Our plan is to direct up to 20% of the 2025 investment budget to all renewable energy projects”, Zsuzsanna Ortutay, president of Ina’s management board said in the same press statement.



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