Snam to build hydrogen-ready fuel cell for Turin Airport in Italy


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The logo of Italian gas group Snam can be seen outside its office in Rome, Italy, June 4, 2020. REUTERS / Guglielmo Mangiapane

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MILAN, Dec.29 (Reuters) – Gas group Snam (SRG.MI) has signed a 14 million euros ($ 15.9 million) contract to build a hydrogen-ready fuel cell for Turin’s Italian airport in order to help it reduce its carbon footprint, the two companies said.

The 1.2 megawatt fuel cell, developed by Snam and the American company FuelCell Energy (FCEL.O), will use different mixtures of hydrogen and natural gas to produce electricity and heat at the airport.

Turin Airport, the first airport in Italy to take such a step, expects the fuel cell to be installed in the second quarter of 2023.

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The project will also help the airport to reach its zero emissions target faster by 2050, said Andrea Andorno, CEO of Turin Airport.

Italian gas infrastructure group Snam, which derives most of its revenue from gas transportation, is working to adapt its business to embrace hydrogen as economies wean themselves off fossil fuels to meet climate goals.

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Reporting by Stephen Jewkes Editing by David Goodman

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