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Johnson Matthey technology selected for Chile green hydrogen project

Johnson Matthey technology selected for Chile green hydrogen project

Johnson Matthey technology has been selected for a first-of-its-kind green hydrogen production plant in Chile.

Working in partnership with a lineup of international companies including Siemens Energy and Porsche, the ‘Haru Oni’ pilot project is expected to yield the world’s first integrated, commercial industrial-scale plant for making synthetic climate-neutral fuels (eFuels).

Around 750,000 litres of eFuels will be produced as early as 2022 in the pilot phase, with capacity increased to about 55 million litres of eFuels a year by 2024, and around 550 million litres of eFuels by 2026.

Co-developed by Siemens Energy, the project, located in Magallanes Province, takes advantage of the excellent wind conditions in southern Chile to produce climate-neutral fuel with the aid of green wind power.

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As a solutions provider for syngas decarbonisation, Johnson Matthey will license methanol technology and supply the engineering, catalyst and equipment for the ground breaking project.

The Johnson Matthey designed unit will take atmospheric carbon dioxide as feedstock for the conversion to e-methanol.

This carbon dioxide will be recovered by direct air capture and combined with green hydrogen (produced from water proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysis).

“We are very excited to be collaborating again with Siemens Energy for this pioneering project to convert wind energy into clean, green, net-zero chemicals and fuels for a cleaner, healthier world,” said John Gordon, Managing Director of Johnson Matthey.

“It is the culmination of two years’ work, and testament to their confidence in JM’s engineering expertise and ability to successfully design and help deliver methanol plants at all scales and feedstocks.”

Gordon added, “We are looking forward to this first phase of the project concluding successfully and collaborating on the next ambitious phases.”

Coming soon

Find out more about the Haru Oni project in Chile in H2 View’s May issue when we speak exclusively with Siemens Energy and Porsche.


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