New Advances In Latin America Regarding Hydrogen

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Date: October 11

Latin America continues to advance on the path of renewable energies. In recent days, Panama, Peru and Chile have carried out actions regarding the production of green hydrogen: the President of the Republic of Chile, Gabriel Boric, and the Minister of Energy, Diego Pardow, inaugurated a mobile green hydrogen plant in Antofagasta; Panama will add green hydrogen production to a major advanced biorefinery and ENGIE and the Enaex Group will make the first green hydrogen production in Peru viable.

Green hydrogen is one of the renewable fuels with the greatest development boom. It is versatile, efficient and renewable. Thus, it is presented as a solution for large industries that require high amounts of energy and that also advocate for the care of the environment and are economically profitable.


In the case of Chile, the inauguration of the Green Hydrogen Mobile Pilot Plant also included the Governor, Ricardo Díaz; and other local authorities. This scientific research project, carried out by the Antofagasta Region Scientific and Technological Center (CICITEM), includes the development of a mobile green hydrogen pilot plant that aims to quantify, under real conditions, the true potential for hydrogen generation green from photovoltaic energy in the Antofagasta Region.

The initiative carried out by CICITEM has been financed through the Innovation Fund for Regional Competitiveness (FIC-R) of the Regional Government of Antofagasta.


For its part, the Government of Panama and energy companies, including SGP BioEnergy, announced that they will add green hydrogen production to an advanced biorefinery under development. The facility plans to refine 180,000 barrels per day of biofuels, including sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), and generate 405,000 metric tons of green hydrogen per year.

The production of green hydrogen will allow the facility to operate with net zero emissions, according to SGP BioEnergy in a press release. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2023. For the project, SGP BioEnergy will work with Topsoe Sustainable Aviation Fuel to produce green hydrogen from carbon residues and by-products of renewable fuels produced during refining, according to the release.


Finally, within the framework of the aforementioned actions for the development of green hydrogen in Latin America, ENGIE Energía Perú and Industrias Cachimayo, of the Enaex group, signed an agreement through which the former will provide the latter with REC certificates (issued by The International REC Standard) which will certify that 100% of the energy consumption for the operation of the ammonium nitrate plant of Industrias Cachimayo comes from renewable sources, which will allow the first production of hydrogen with green certification in Peru.

Both companies decided to join forces to use energy from renewable sources at the Industrias Cachimayo ammonium nitrate production plant, which already has electrolyzers, the equipment necessary to extract hydrogen. Thanks to this, Enaex is moving towards a greener production of ammonia with green hydrogen and thereby contributing to greener mining.

Industrias Cachimayo, in recent times, has also been working on the modernization of its plant, with the aim of ensuring the operational continuity of its complex located in the Cusco region.

Source: Energy Review

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