This hydrogen plant, located in FM Logistic’s logistics center in Illescas, is part of the pilot project called H2Login. The plant stores hydrogen at 500 bar for refueling at 350 bar for the current six forklifts inside the warehouse. It will soon dispense to a seventh forklift that FM Logistic is converting to hydrogen together with the Castilian-La Mancha company Tecnove and the National Hydrogen Center. With them it is also converting a van for last-mile distribution, which will be available in the coming months.
At the moment, in Spain only Iberdrola had registered a hydrogen plant in Barcelona for refueling buses. “The legalization of our hydrogen plant has represented a very important challenge because of its novelty and difficulty, since, until now, there were no known experiences in the administration that helped to formalize and legalize this type of plants”, argues Álvaro Íñiguez, director of multi-client operations of FM Logistic Ibérica.
This registration by the Junta de Castilla La Mancha is “a turning point in logistics and sets a precedent for other companies to invest in hydrogen and have fewer barriers when it comes to registering their hydrogen plants and obtaining permits to start a project of this type,” says Juan Carlos de Pablo, director of the H2Login project at FM Logistic Ibérica.
Illescas hydrogen plant
To obtain the registration of the hydrogen plant, FM Logistic had to present a very complex technical project. H2B2, a Spanish company that manufactures the electrolyzer and integrates the hydrogen generator, worked hand in hand with FM Logistic. Together they have successfully passed an inspection by an authorized control body (OCA).
“We hope that this tangible example will serve as a tractor effect to encourage more companies to bet on hydrogen as an energy solution,” adds Mario Barragán, legal manager of H2B2.