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Snam, one of the leading energy infrastructure companies in the world, focuses on the energy transition and bets on hydrogen. The utility led by CEO Marco Alverà has drawn up a strategic plan that targets 2023 and which provides for an overall allocation of 6.5 billion euros of investments, of which 1.4 billion dedicated to the SnamTec (Tomorrow's Energy Company) program, with the aim of laying the foundations for energy company of the future, focusing on sustainability and innovation in its core business and on activities in “green” sectors such as sustainable mobility, renewable gas and energy efficiency. Overall, these three new businesses are dedicated 400 million euros.
In mobility, Snam promotes the development of natural gas - in the form of CNG (compressed natural gas), LNG (liquefied natural gas) and biomethane (gas from organic waste and agro-food waste) - as a clean, efficient and economical power source for light and heavy vehicles.
With an investment of 50 million euros, 150 natural gas and biomethane refueling stations (renewable gas from organic waste and agricultural and agro-industrial waste) will be built for cars, trucks and buses.
Compared to traditional fuels, natural gas has fewer emissions: if compared with petrol, for example, it substantially reduces particulate matter (-97% PM10) and nitrogen oxides (-75% Nox) and significantly reduces carbon dioxide (-33% Co2 ), also ensuring significant economic savings (up to 60% on a full tank) to consumers.
For heavy transport, natural gas in the form of LNG is the best solution currently available, because it significantly reduces polluting and climate-altering emissions and allows long journeys at sustainable costs.
The problem of climate change and the role of hydrogen
In the perspective of the total decarbonization aimed at by the European Union by 2050 a key role could be played byhydrogen, in particular that produced by electrolysis of water from renewable sources such as solar and wind power.
In 2019 Snam was the first gas transmission company in Europe to introduce hydrogen into its network, serving a mix of 5% hydrogen (later increased to 10%) and natural gas for two industries in Campania.
L'CEO of Snam Marco Alverà, who is also the author of the book 'Generation H' on hydrogen, recently declared that in this sector Europe "can make a difference" by taking on a leading role on a global scale. In an editorial in the Financial Times, Alverà wrote that Europe could create a "Hydrogen Airbus" by pooling resources and skills to grow the market for electrolysers, essential components for generating hydrogen from renewable electricity through electrolysis. "Europe can make the hydrogen revolution a reality and make it affordable for consumers and businesses, while reaping the industrial benefits of this climate leadership," his comment.
For more details on Snam's investment plan in the period 2019 - 2023, you can consult the data presented on this page of the official Snam website.
SnamTec and Smart Gas
In this video Snam presents the program SnamTec, which accompanies the transition to renewable gases and the 4.0 network with a new integrated digital system capable of revolutionizing the management of energy infrastructures, from design to operation, from maintenance to decommissioning.
Biomethane and hydrogen must be transported efficiently and safely and the existing transmission network managed by Snam can perform this function.