Power to Green Hydrogen Mallorca: The local transport company is the first offtaker of green hydrogen produced at the Lloseta plant, led by ACCIONA Energía and Enagás Renovable
The Municipal Transport Company (EMT) presented the first three green hydrogen buses in Palma to join its fleet in circulation today, making it the first customer of the green hydrogen plant in Lloseta, Mallorca, the first industrial renewable hydrogen plant in Spain, which is part of the Power to Green Hydrogen Mallorca project, led by ACCIONA Energía and Enagás Renovable.
The presentation took place in the Town Hall square and was attended by the Mayor of Palma, José Hila; the President of the Balearic Government, Francina Armengol; the Sustainable Mobility councillor, Francesc Dalmau; the Government Delegate in the Balearic Islands, Aina Calvo; the Vice-President for Energy Transition, Productive Sectors and Democratic Memory, Juan Pedro Yllanes; the Director General of the IDAE, Joan Groizard; the Secretary General for Transport and Mobility from the Ministry of Transports, Mobility and Urban Agenda, María José Rallo; the CEO of Enagás Renovable, Antón Martínez; and the President of the Board of Power to Green Hydrogen Mallorca and Director of Innovation at ACCIONA Energía, Belén Linares. Other members from the municipal council and the local Government also attended.
In addition, the councillor for the City Model, Decent Housing and Sustainability, Neus Truyol; the councillor for Economic Promotion and Employment, Jordi Vilà; and the manager of the EMT, Mateu Marcús, participated on behalf of the City Council.
Attendees had the chance to take a tour on the new vehicles from Plaça de Cort to Consolat after the presentation.
The EMT's new green hydrogen buses are another step forward in Palma's commitment to sustainable mobility and new fuels, making it the second Spanish city, after Barcelona, to have a fleet of vehicles powered by green hydrogen fuel cells.
In total, the EMT has purchased five 12-metre green hydrogen buses, which were put out to tender for 4,832,135 euros (VAT included). The vehicles were manufactured by the Solaris company in the Polish city of Poznan, and have a more user-friendly design, as well as new braking systems.
The new bus model has been funded by the Government of Mallorca through the Ley de Capitalidad and is part of the European Green Hysland project, which also includes Power to Green Hydrogen Mallorca. The objective is to deploy the necessary infrastructure to build a renewable hydrogen ecosystem on the island of Mallorca, as well as to contribute to the environmental objectives set by the Government of the Balearic Islands.
The European Union, through the Clean Hydrogen Partnership, has committed 10 million euros to the implementation of this project, which has also received funding from the Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE) of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge within the framework of the Moves Singular Projects program.
RENOVATING EMT’S FLEET
These buses are the first hydrogen vehicles that the Solaris brand will put into operation in Spain and their main advantage is that they do not generate emissions and are quieter, creating a much more user-friendly experience thanks to the interior traction system with a smoother ride. The new hydrogen buses also have a regenerative braking system that allows them to recover energy and the batteries can be charged at every brake and stop. The buses are part of the second phase of the renewal of the EMT Palma fleet, which is gradually incorporating up to 65 new vehicles. Once this phase has been completed, Palma’s EMT will have renewed more than 90 percent of its fleet since 2015.