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Three projects in Chile could double world electrolyser capacity
Three projects in Chile could double world electrolyser capacity

Three projects in Chile could double world electrolyser capacity

The Production Development Corporation (Corfo) of Chile  has selected three projects to build an electrolysis capacity of 388MW, a move which is thought to double the current worldwide capacity.

The Government organisation on Thursday (May 26) signed three agreements with GNL Quintera, CAP SA, and Air Liquide, to develop the first industry-scale green hydrogen production plants in Chile.

The three projects, set to launch in December 2025, are part of six projects selected by Corfo in December 2021 and are hoped to bring $1bn in investments and produce 45,000 tonnes of hydrogen a year.

GNL Quintera’s project will build a 10MW  electrolyser in the Valparaiso region, which is estimated to produce 100 tonnes of green hydrogen a year, is set to receive $5.7m.

Alfonso Salinas, Sustainable Development Manager at GNL Quintera, said, “We are very happy with the support that Corfo has given to our Bahía de Quintero green hydrogen project.

“We are convinced of the need to develop the local market, and our project also allows us to do so by contributing to improving Quintero Bay environmentally. This is a sign that public-private collaboration is the way to move towards sustainable development.”

CAP’s initative, H2V CAP will receive $3.6m to construct a 12MW electrolyser in the Biobio region, producing approximately 1,550 tonnes of hydrogen per year.

Julio Bertrand, General Manager at CAP, commented, “As Grupo CAP, we seek to create well-being and shared progress, transforming resources with Chile and the world.

“In this context, by promoting the development of renewable energies, CAP has committed to innovate in the development of a prototype H2V plant in Talcahuano in order to study the possibility of producing green steel by the year 2030.”

$11.7m will be paid to Air Liquide to produce 60,000 tonnes of green methanol a year, produced from carbon capture, green hydrogen, and renewable energy, in the Antofagasta region.

Alexander Young, General Director of Air Liquide Chile, said, “We are truly proud to be part of this important project, which will place Chile at the regional forefront in the manufacture of renewable and clean fuels, which will be the basis for its future energy and economic development.

“This initiative is one more demonstration of the commitment of Air Liquide Chile with the reduction of carbon emissions, through the generation of products ‘ green’.

“Our mission is to continue developing solutions that meet the demands of society and our customers, thanks to the innovation that is the result of the commitment of our collaborators.”

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