Offshore energy contractor Saipem has unveiled plans to tap offshore wind and floating PV to produce green hydrogen, in what would be the Adriatic's debut renewables hub and among the first globally to tap sea-based solar for clean H2.

The Agnes Project will deploy 65 turbines for 520MW of fixed foundation offshore wind, plus 100MW of floating PV platforms, feeding power to five 25MW electrolysers onboard oil & gas platforms off the Italian port city of Ravenna.

Plans for the fixed-bottom element of Agnes were first revealed last year, but Saipem, which is advancing the project with Italian clean energy specialist QINT'X, gave more details of the project as it unveiled a multi-energy green hydrogen production offering called SUISO, uniting floating wind and solar with other marine renewables such as wave power.