Eni teams with Venice and Toyota on hydrogen refueling with eye on waste-to-hydrogen

September 9, 2019 |

In Italy, Venice is experimenting with hydrogen-fueled mobility, which only releases water vapor from exhausts. This afternoon in Mestre, as part of the events organized by Italy’s Japan Foundation for ‘Japan Week’, the Municipality and the Metropolitan City of Venice, Eni and Toyota signed an agreement to evaluate the construction of a hydrogen refueling station in the Municipality of Venice.

If the feasibility study, which will begin immediately, is successful, the agreements states that Eni will set up a hydrogen refueling station in one of the company’s service stations in the Venetian municipal area, which will be identified by 31 December 2019, while Toyota will provide a fleet of 10 Mirai which will be supplied to Eni’s refueling plant.

This agreement is part of an existing collaboration between Toyota, Eni, the Municipality and Metropolitan City of Venice, to implement an experimental project aimed at promoting sustainable and low-emission mobility in the Venetian region. It marks a concrete step towards creating a distribution network that enables the circulation of hydrogen powered vehicles.

 “Hydrogen is a molecule that we already use in our activities,” said Giuseppe Ricci, Eni’s Chief Refining & Marketing Officer, “particularly in the bio refining cycle, where it is mainly used to remove oxygen from plant materials, waste cooking oils, animal fats and other waste we use to produce biofuels in Porto Marghera. “We have also started investing in studying technologies to produce hydrogen from solid urban waste and non-recyclable plastics, as well as mobility. The agreement signed today is an important milestone for a low carbon future. Hydrogen is an important part of Eni’s de-carbonization process to reduce climate-changing gas emissions. These hydrogen stations will allow Eni to strengthen its ability to offer low environmental impact fuels: In a network of 4,400 plants, 3,500 supply Eni Diesel +, the diesel fuel that contains the biofuel produced in the Venice biorefinery and another one in Gela, while around 200 plants supply methane (2 of which are LNG) and will soon supply bio-methane “.

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