Press release

Press release
2024 | May 21st

DBA Group and NatPower H together for the design of the first hydrogen distribution plant for recreational boating

By 2024, the inauguration of the first hydrogen station at the Marina di Sant’Elena in Venice

VILLORBA (Treviso), 22 May 2024 – DBA Group S.p.A., a company listed on the Euronext Growth Milan market of the Italian Stock Exchange and one of the leading companies in Italy in technical consultancy, engineering, project management and ICT solutions for the life cycle management of mission-critical network works and infrastructure, continues its commitment to support energy transition, the country’s digital and ecological company and NatPower H, part of the NatPower Group, the leading global developer of innovative infrastructure for the production, storage and refuelling of green hydrogen for recreational boating, have reached an agreement, through its subsidiary DBA PRO S.p.A., for the supply of engineering services for the design of the first hydrogen distribution plant for marine use in Venice.

Among the top 10 engineering companies in Italy according to the “2023 Report on the Italian architecture, engineering and construction industry” by GUAMARI, DBA Group and NatPower H, which with an investment of 100 million Euros aims to develop and build 100 hydrogen refueling stations for yachting, announce an agreement that provides for the definition of the construction standard of the new hydrogen distribution plant. The architectural concept of the new refuelling station for boats was conceived and designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and will include, among other things, the installation of hydrogen systems in an innovative structure printed using 3D technology. DBA Group will be responsible for the provision of engineering services for the construction standard, fluid dynamics modeling and Fire Safety Engineering analysis; for the first installation in Venice, provided all the services necessary for the realisation of the work in the design and construction phase.

“Our Group, commented Raffaele De Bettin, CEO of DBA Group, is carrying out various initiatives to support the country in its ecological transition path, as specified in our Business Plan to 2026, with the aim of promoting environmental sustainability through ‘ecological’ transport means. After the recent agreement signed with H2C for the development of the use of “green” hydrogen for remotely piloted aircraft, this new assignment in Venice once again confirms our role as a strategic partner alongside companies committed like us to the decarbonization process, making our skills available in the various applications of the new energy carriers for the overall improvement of the environment and the quality of life of the people who live there”.

“This agreement is one of the fundamental steps that will lead us to the construction of the first hydrogen refueling station for recreational boating,” said Andrea Minerdo, CEO of NatPower H . A milestone that we are pleased to share with the DBA Group. In the coming years, we will see a radical ecological transition in the yachting sector, supported and made possible by the investments and work of NatPower H. By the end of summer 2024, we will install the first hydrogen station in Venice and we will be able to refuel the first zero-emission boats that sail in the Lagoon”.


DBA GROUP, A holding company operating in the ICT, PMO and Architecture and Engineering sectors, was founded by the De Bettin Brothers in 1991. Among the top 10 engineering companies in Italy according to Norsa’s “2023 Report on the Italian architecture, engineering and construction industry”, it has a total of 25 offices worldwide, of which 15 are in Italy, four in Slovenia, one in Montenegro, one in Serbia, one in Croatia, one in Bosnia and Herzegovina, one in Azerbaijan and one in Albania. The Group, which recorded a production value for 2022 of 85.4 million Euros, now employs over 950 people.

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NatPower H is the world’s leading developer of innovative infrastructure for the production, storage and distribution of green hydrogen. NatPower H is part of the NatPower Group, an independent developer of infrastructural projects for clean energy generation, providing support to enterprises, utilities and investors globally. The company, boasting one of the largest renewable energy project pipelines in the world—totalling more than 30 GW—drives the energy transition process across all major technologies including solar, wind, storage and hydrogen. In just a few years, NatPower has secured its standing as one of the most prominent independent developers, with operations in seven different countries: Italy, UK, Kazakhstan, USA, Canada, Tunisia and Chile. With three offices in Milan, London and Washington D.C., the company has a workforce of more than 70 employees across three continents.

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