Brazil’s green hydrogen production strategy is in development as the country prepares to become an essential player in the global renewable hydrogen market. Hydrogen Industry Leaders look at the project and how it will provide the country with a better understanding of the fuel.
Among the leading participants in the country’s renewable hydrogen efforts will be EDP Brasil, one of the top companies in Brazil’s energy sector and will play a critical part in the country’s green hydrogen production strategy.
It will begin activities at a renewable hydrogen production unit in São Gonçalo do Amarante, Ceará.
Producing hydrogen using water electrolysis, the EDP plant will power the electrolyser using photovoltaic solar energy and is expected to have a production capacity of 22.5 kilograms per hour. Its development involves an investment of $8.33 million.
Hydrogen produced at the site will be used at the Ceará pilot plant as a partial alternative to the coal currently supplying the Pecém Thermal Power Plant.
EDP COO, Cayo Moraes, said: “It is a research and development project. [P&D] Which will allow us to understand the energy gain that hydrogen provides, with an energy yield four times greater than that of coal,”
The plant will also allow the company to examine the organisational, technical, and economic feasibility of fuel production more closely. What the company expects is that the project will provide necessary subsidies for determining whether it should scale up the plant to an industrial level in the state.
If this is the case, the company will be able to export hydrogen to European energy companies, generate greenhouse emission-free fuel for vehicles, or supply it to industrial companies.
Energy experts expect that this green hydrogen project will become the first of many initiatives intended for renewable hydrogen production in the country. The government of Ceará has already added 14 memoranda of understanding (MoU) with various private groups seeking to participate in the state’s hydrogen production.