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Eletrobras reveals plans to produce hydrogen at Brazilian port

Eletrobras has agreed to produce low-carbon hydrogen from the Port of Açu in the north of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with infrastructure company Prumo Logística – who operates the port – the two companies want to develop a green hydrogen pilot plant.

In addition, Eletrobras and Prumo will also evaluate the technical, environmental and economic-financial feasibility of installing the plant, along with the use of resources for R&D or public and private financing to encourage related projects.

Whilst no date has been revealed for the planned start of construction, H2 View understands that the two companies are evaluating the feasibility of a pilot plant with up to 10MW of capacity.

A statement released by Eletrobras said the company “continues to contribute to making the Brazilian energy matrix one of the cleanest and most renewable in the world and reaffirms its commitment to sustainable development, innovation and excellence.”

In 2021, Eletrobras joined forces with Siemens Energy and Capel to develop a complete hydrogen supply chain in Brazil.

Under an MOU, the three companies agreed to develop a complete technological cycle of green hydrogen, from production to consumption.

Read more:Eletrobras, Siemens Energy and Capel look to develop a hydrogen supply chain in Brazil

Energy giant Linde announced plans to construct a 5MW electrolyser plant in São Paulo, Brazil, earlier this year. The plant is set to supply green hydrogen to a local glass manufacturer and is anticipated to start-up next year (2025).

Read more:Linde plans 5MW Brazilian green hydrogen plant to supply glass manufacturer

Policy Pillar: How can South America seize its green hydrogen opportunity?

South America’s green hydrogen potential has been recognised for some time. Currently among the leading regions in renewable energy use, the continent has received growing interest from hydrogen developers thanks to its potential to produce large volumes of low-cost hydrogen for export.

Despite having lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per capita by comparison to Western countries, low-carbon hydrogen can also play a significant role in Latin America’s own energy transition.

The region’s industrial and oil refining sectors required more than four million tonnes of hydrogen in 2019 – 5% of global demand – primarily for ammonia, methanol, steel and refined oil products1. “Low-carbon hydrogen could be one of the drivers of the next phase of Latin America’s clean energy transitions, by replacing fossil fuels in end uses that are not suitable for direct electrification,” the International Energy Agency (IEA) said.

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