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pHYnix selects Howden to supply the Vitale compressor, the first commercial-scale plant with 10 MW of electrolytic production.

  • Vitale will have a production capacity of 4.3 tons of hydrogen per day. The plant, located in Alcázar de San Juan (Ciudad Real), has just begun construction.
  • Howden will supply two diaphragm compressors for the hydrogen produced at the Vitale plant, in order to compress and inject the hydrogen from the electrolyzer into the gas infrastructure and tube trailers for distribution. In addition, the contract includes maintenance service consisting of continuous monitoring of equipment through Howden Uptime and other service capabilities.

pHYnix, an independent producer of renewable hydrogen, has selected Howden, a global leader in mission-critical air and gas management products, technologies and services to supply two hydrogen diaphragm compressors for the Vitale plant. This facility is the first commercial-scale renewable hydrogen production facility of 10 MW electrolytic in Spain, and is one of the largest electrolysis projects under construction in Europe.

Enabled with Howden Uptime, the diaphragm compressors consist of a booster compressor and a 'high pressure' compressor that will compress the hydrogen from the electrolyzer to inject into the gas infrastructure (from 30 bar to 60 bar) and in the transport trucks known as 'tube trailers' (from 60 bar to 380 bar).

In addition to membrane technology, maintenance service is decisive for the choice of Howden compressors. In particular, the continuous monitoring of Howden Uptime that guarantees the safety required by the plant.

pHYnix CTO/COO, Philippe Guinot, underlined the importance of this agreement, saying: "Howden is a partner with proven expertise in manufacturing safe, efficient and reliable equipment for hydrogen compression, an important guarantee for the Vitale plant. We are getting closer to producing the renewable hydrogen needed to decarbonise the most difficult sectors: industry and transport, and to doing our bit to achieve Europe's ambitious sustainability targets."

Salah Mahdy, Global Director of Renewable Hydrogen at Howden, said: "Working closely with pHYnix, we have identified the right compression solution for their process. Our efficient hydrogen compression technology, coupled with a clear focus and understanding of the entire lifecycle, allows us to minimize the total cost of ownership of operations."

"This project will play a key role in supporting Spain's energy independence and accelerate the adoption of green hydrogen in Europe. We are pleased to support pHYnix in implementing a clean energy solution and advancing the hydrogen economy."

Vitale will be one of the first renewable hydrogen production plants in Europe and the first in Spain on a commercial scale with different applications. The sale of renewable gas will be destined to local industrial actors through direct supply, to the logistics and heavy transport sectors, as well as to urban and interurban transport in the Community of Madrid. In addition, a percentage of the production will be injected into the gas network for export to the European market (gas blending ).

Vitale is under construction and will produce 1,450 tons of renewable hydrogen per year progressively from 2024. Thanks to this, pHYnix will meet its objectives of distributing green hydrogen in Spain and contributing to the decarbonization of the most critical sectors: industry and transport.

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