Chilean Alliance to Decarbonise Mining Operations

A collaboration between two green hydrogen companies in Chile will develop green hydrogen projects to help decarbonise mining operations in the country.

Ohmium International, a leading green hydrogen company that designs, manufactures, and deploys advanced Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolysers, have this week announced their partnership with Chilean company H2 Green Mining.

H2 Green Mining is a joint venture between Susterra, a subsidiary of the engineering firm Pares&Alvarez, and Star Energy Partners, a service consulting firm specialising in energy and sustainable growth.

The company develops green hydrogen projects to advance sustainable mining practices throughout Chile. H2 Green Mining and Ohmium will collaborate on developing a 20 MW green hydrogen pilot project, with a potential to rapidly scale to 200 MW.

The project is based in Northern Chile, in the town of Calama in the Atacama Desert, a region well suited for renewable energy production from solar and wind power.

Ohmium’s electrolysers will be used to generate hydrogen for the copper smelting process as well as other thermal processes within the mines. They may also be used to fuel trucks transporting minerals to the nearby port in Mejillones.

Arne Ballantine, Ohmium CEO, said:

This pioneering project will pair Chile’s excellent renewable energy potential with the power of green hydrogen to help decarbonise Chile’s mining industry.

“H2 Green Mining is leading the way in transforming the copper mining sector for a sustainable future, and we are excited to partner with them on this and future decarbonisation projects.”

Julio Bertrand, founding partner in Star Energy Partners and former CEO of CAP, Gasco, and ENAP, echoed these sentiments, adding:

Ohmium’s PEM electrolysers are modular for scalability and easily connect with renewable energy – making them an ideal and cost-effective green hydrogen partner.

“H2 Green Mining has an exciting roadmap for the future, and we are looking forward to collaborating with Ohmium to leverage the power of fossil free energy and help decarbonise Chile’s copper mining industry.”