€100 million in Italy to equip marinas with hydrogen stations

NatPower Italy hydrogen station
€100 million in Italy to equip marinas with hydrogen stations

Italy’s first green hydrogen refuelling infrastructure for leisure boating is coming to life. The project being developed by the group NatPower is already supported by 25 Italian ports and marinas.

Mamma mia! Hydrogen mobility is picking up the pace in Italy. The project is launched by NatPower H, a subsidiary of the eponymous group, and entails an investment of a 100 million euros. The aim is to install a number of at least 100 hydrogen stations in the next 6 years, with a view to expanding the model to other regions across the Mediterranean.

For starters, let’s see who is NatPower. The group is specialised in renewable energies and has already developed a pipeline of over 23 GW, which is the reason behind the creation of NatPower H. Group CEO Fabrizio Zago states that NatPower H is “the first global operator for the production, storage and distribution of green hydrogen – to build the world’s first hydrogen refuelling infrastructure for recreational boating”.

Eco-conscious hydrogen stations that blend into the landscape

The company has signed an agreement with Zaha Hadid Architects to enhance the role of the infrastructure. Hence, these stations, specifically designed for a Mediterranean context, will be eco-friendly, innovative and low-tech. They could be strategically installed in various locations across the Mediterranean coastline, while respecting the cultural heritage of each area. Local materials such as sand, soils and low-carbon concrete will be used for the construction. This will not only reduce the carbon footprint but will also create organic shapes that blend in perfectly with their urban surroundings. Hence, celebrating the landscape’s beauty and diversity.

The first station is scheduled for the summer of 2024.

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Article written by Laurent Meillaud and translated by Mariem Ben Tili

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Laurent Meillaud

Freelance automotive journalist and consultant, author as well, focused on technologies and new trends for more than 30 years, convinced that hydrogen is one of the energies for the future.

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