GNL Quintero, Acciona Energia & Enagas to Develop a Green Hydrogen Project

Source: 8/19/2021, Location: South America

The companies GNL Quintero, ACCIONA Energia and Enagas have partnered to develop an electrolysis plant in Quintero Bay for the generation of green hydrogen, from water (H2O) and renewable electricity . The operation of the “Green Hydrogen Bahia Quintero” project seeks to offer a clean and sustainable energy alternative, contributing to the decarbonization process of the country's energy matrix and the environmental recovery of the Puchuncavi and Quintero communes, in the Valparaiso Region.

The plant will be located in the GNL Quintero regasification terminal. It will have a nominal power of 10 MW and considers an initial production of the order of 500 t / year, which will gradually increase depending on the demand for green hydrogen generated in the area. The project contemplates an estimated investment of 30 million dollars.

Green hydrogen is produced through an electrolysis process, which separates water molecules into hydrogen (H2) and oxygen (O2) gas molecules, using electricity from 100% renewable energies. In this way, an emission-free fuel production process is guaranteed, making it an inexhaustible resource of clean and sustainable energy, which will be available to contribute to the decarbonization process of the Chilean energy matrix. To this end, ACCIONA Energía has extensive experience in generating solar and wind energy in Chile.

The green hydrogen produced can have multiple applications to replace other fuels in industrial processes, mining, in ports (coal, diesel, etc.), either alone or mixed with natural gas (as "blending") and in transportation applications. among others. In the future, it could be injected into the natural gas distribution networks for industrial or residential consumption in different parts of the country.

Regarding this initiative, the General Manager of GNL Quintero, Antonio Bacigalupo, indicated that “GNL Quintero emerged as a country project to contribute to Chile's energy security, which has been achieved in the most diverse energy stress scenarios for which it has passed the country in the last 12 years. Today, to face the challenge of decarbonizing the energy matrix, we put our experience with LNG and operational knowledge at the disposal of this new Green Hydrogen project destined for the central area of ??the country. The operation of GNL Quintero is recognized for its commitment to sustainability, the maintenance of high environmental standards and the development of the community,

For his part, Jose Ignacio Escobar, General Director for South America at ACCIONA Energia, stated: “We are very excited about the joint work we are doing through this project. We have the necessary strengths to turn this project into the spearhead of the take-off of green hydrogen production in Chile, to which we will contribute our international experience in the production of sustainable energy and in the development of resilient infrastructures ”.

For the Country Manager of Enagas in Chile, Jose Antonio de las Heras, “this project represents a further step in our commitment to renewable gases (green hydrogen and biomethane) as an energy vector for the future and allows us to value our experience as infrastructure company. We are convinced that Chile has unique competitive factors that will allow it to play a key role in the development of green hydrogen, so our commitment to the project is maximum ”.

The companies GNL Quintero, ACCIONA Energia and Enagas have joined in the development of the “Green Hydrogen Bahía Quintero” project with the aim of making their experience in the production of clean fuels and in the operation of energy infrastructures available to the country. In this way, support the development of this market, in accordance with the National Green Hydrogen Strategy of Chile, thus seeking to facilitate the arrival of the benefits of this new fuel and with it, take off an industry that is called to lead the country to leadership. worldwide in the production of this clean fuel.

International experience

At an international level, Acciona Energia and Enagas are building the first green hydrogen plant in Spain, in the Balearic Islands. The "Power to Green Hydrogen Mallorca" project aims to deploy the necessary infrastructures to develop a renewable hydrogen ecosystem in Mallorca and has a grant of 10 million euros in funds granted by the European Commission body Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU).

The “Green Hysland” project will generate, distribute and use in Mallorca at least 300 tons of renewable hydrogen per year, reducing the island's CO2 emissions by up to 20,700 tons per year. This initiative, in addition to having European funding, is made up of 30 partners from 11 countries, nine from the European Union, as well as Chile and Morocco. Chile's participation in this project is being channeled through the H2 Chile Association, with the purpose of promoting the technology transfer to Chile of projects that are already under execution.

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