Hydrogen Valley of Catalonia

Building the catalan renewable hydrogen ecosystem

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Hydrogen Valley of Catalonia

Catalonia aims to be at the forefront of energy transition and the south of the country, the region of energy and chemistry, is driving it forward in this global challenge by creating Hydrogen Valley. This strategic initiative for the country is working to set up an ecosystem that turns on the value chain of hydrogen, an energy vector that is vital to achieve the objective of climate neutrality in parallel with increased business competitivity and improved welfare.

Hydrogen produced from renewable energy and water will be generalized as a raw material and source of heat in the chemical industry, for mobility, for household use and as a fuel. Europe predicts that by 2050, 25% of energy will be generated from clean hydrogen and Catalonia, which has the most important petrochemical hub in the south of Europe and is at the strategic crossroads of the future mobility of hydrogen, is well positioned.

The Hydrogen Valley of Catalonia has the following institutional and business supports: the Catalan Government, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Enagás, Repsol, the Chemical Business Association of Tarragona (AEQT), the Tarragona Provincial Council, the Port of Tarragona, the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB), the Port of Barcelona, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and Celsa Group.

After a period during which the foundations of the Project have been laid, about 250 public and private organisations are now part of the Hydrogen Valley of Catalonia, a collaborative, multi-sector and multi-stakeholder platform

Public institutions
Associations and clusters
Research and knowledge centres

Alliance of Knowledge

The Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) and Eurecat, the Technology Centre of Catalonia, integrate the Alliance of Knowledge, Science and Technology. It is the core of research and innovation in the Hydrogen Valley of Catalonia and has long been working around renewable hydrogen.


“One day water will be used as a fuel in which the hydrogen and the oxygen that constitute it, separately or simultaneously, will provide an inexhaustible source of heat and light of an intensity unknown to coal. Since one day the reserves of coal will come to an end, we shall warm ourselves with water, which will be the future coal.”
Jules Verne
L'illa Misteriosa, 1874

Everything is leading us to the transition towards renewable energies, whatever technology they use. The industry of the future has to make the change to sustainability and renewable energies, and a clear alternative is green hydrogen, to which it will be inextricably connected

Matilde Villarroya

Industry General Manager

We cannot imagine the Tarragona petrochemical industry in the near future if it does not undergo a profound transformation in terms of decarbonisation, something that Europe is totally committed to. This process of decarbonisation will require public and private investment

Miquel Puig

Economicist and coordinator of the Advisory Committee Catalonia-Next Generation EU

Societies do not always take advantage of the alternatives to challenges. History reminds us that not everybody managed to make the best of the industrial revolution, the information revolution or the digital revolution. I am convinced that at this key moment, Catalan society will rise to the occasion

Joan Ramon Morante

Director of IREC

The development of new technologies, research ideas, products and solutions as part of the Hydrogen Valley project will enable us to set up a structure and implement a solid, multidisciplinary and ecosystemic strategy for research, development and innovation

Gabriel Anzaldi

Director of Scientific and Technical Development of Eureka