January 05, 2022 #SustainableChile

6 projects that will mark the take-off of green hydrogen in Chile

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Chile seeks to position itself as a leader in green hydrogen production worldwide, with the announcement of a series of projects in the north and far south of the country driven by Enel Green Power, Linde, Engie, Air Liquide, GNL Quintero, and CAP, which will attract investments of US$1 billion.

With the clear objective of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, Chile is making steady progress in positioning itself as a world leader in renewable energies, thanks to natural advantages such as the greatest solar radiation in the world and an excellent wind resource, in addition to the talent of Chilean men and women. And the green hydrogen will be a key part of this strategy.

On January 19, the fourth version of the Green Hydrogen Summit will be held in Chile, an event that will bring together thousands of people virtually around the development of green hydrogen initiatives in Chile and Latin America.

Precisely to accelerate the materialization of these initiatives, Corfo selected six proposals in the first call for proposals to develop green hydrogen production plants in Chile. The facilities must be operational by December 2025 at the latest. This seeks to respond to the challenges of climate change and encourage investment in clean energy, job creation and entrepreneurship opportunities at the local level. 

The selected proposals will attract US$1 billion in investment and produce 45,000 tons of green hydrogen per year, which will reduce more than 600,000 tons of CO2 per year.

These are the selected projects:

HyEx - Green Hydrogen Production: led by the French company Engie, seeks to generate an industrial pilot scale plant in the Antofagasta region, for the generation of 3,200 tons of green hydrogen per year. This green hydrogen will then be supplied to Enaex for the production of green ammonia, with the aim of reducing more than 30,000 tons of CO2 per year.

Antofagasta Mining Energy Renewable (AMER): also in the Antofagasta region, this initiative run by France's Air Liquide expects to produce 60,000 tons per year of e-methanol from renewable energy, green hydrogen and CO2 captured from a fixed source.

HyPro Aconcagua: With this project, the German company Linde proposes to replace part of the current gray hydrogen production installed at the Aconcagua oil refinery, located in the Valparaíso region and belonging to ENAP. This project will generate 3,000 tons of green hydrogen per year.

Green Hydrogen Quintero BayGreen Hydrogen: led by GNL Quintero S.A., contemplates the development, construction and operation of the first large-scale green hydrogen plant located in central Chile, in the Valparaíso region. The project will produce 430 tons of green hydrogen per year.

H2V CAP: this CAP project seeks to implement a green hydrogen plant in the Biobío region, with the aim of producing 1,550 tons of green hydrogen per year and reducing more than 161,000 tons of CO2 per year.

Faro del Sur Project: presented by the Italian company Enel Green Power, will produce 25,000 tons of green hydrogen per year in the Magallanes region. The green hydrogen is expected to be sold to HIF Chile, a company that will produce emethanol and gasoline for export to Europe.

Learn more about the first green hydrogen plant in our country here.

Update as of May 7, 2024

We share the video produced by Marca Chile in the context of the launching of the National Green Hydrogen Plan:

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