In a move that will boost Italy’s zero-emissions mobility market, Air Liquide and Eni have today (Nov 4) unveiled plans to develop multiple hydrogen stations across the country.

Under a letter intent, the duo have said they will study the development of the entire renewable hydrogen supply chain to ensure the production, transportation, storage and distribution of the energy carrier is to a high standard.

Although no refuelling site locations have been unveiled, the partnership aim to identify strategic locations as they carry out the venture. 

On the plans, Pascal Vinet, Senior Vice-President and a member of the Air Liquide Group’s Executive Committee supervising Europe Industries activities, said, “Decarbonising the transport sector is a major challenge of the energy transition.”

“Implementing a hydrogen refuelling stations network is a critical milestone along this journey. The alliance between a leader in hydrogen with an integrated global energy company, such as Eni, will pave the way to an extended access to hydrogen in Italy.”

“Together with our long-standing partner Eni, we have the ambition to contribute to a more sustainable future through the use of hydrogen.” 

Combing both of their expertise, the partnership will see Air Liquide leverage its expertise across the entire hydrogen value chain and Eni provide its commercial and retail activities, coupled with its withstanding network of hydrogen stations.

Giuseppe Ricci, General Manager Energy Evolution at Eni, added, ““The agreement with Air Liquide is a further step forward in the promotion of sustainable mobility. The decarbonisation of transport must make use of the synergy and complementarity of available technologies.”

“At the beginning of 2022 Eni will open the first hydrogen refuelling station in Italy in an urban environment in Mestre (Venice), followed by the second one in San Donato Milanese (Milan). Thanks to the agreement with Air Liquide, the cooperation between operators is strengthened for an even greater efficiency on the path towards energy transition.”