Brazil state utility Eletrobras and its research arm Cepel are partnering with Siemens Energy to develop green hydrogen production.
Under the agreement, the three partners are to implement joint studies covering the full hydrogen technology cycle from production to consumption, accompanied by the development of a scalable pilot production plant.
Based on the outcomes, the companies anticipate moving towards the implementation of a commercial-scale production plant to produce hydrogen with a zero carbon footprint.
Eletrobras, as part of its sustainability strategy, is interested in evaluating the critical variables for mastery of the hydrogen technology cycle, according to a statement.
Cepel has been studying hydrogen production via electrolysis for two decades and has been researching advances in the hydrogen business model.
Siemens Energy will bring its expertise in polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolyser technology, with new generations promising increasing production capacities.
“Eletrobras is interested in evaluating entry into the commercial hydrogen production sector,” says Transmission Director, Marcio Szechtman.
“To this end, we intends to develop and implement a project for the use of green hydrogen in Brazil.”
Hydrogen has been identified as priority area for research and development in Brazil by the National Energy Policy Council (CNPE).
The Eletrobras initiative is the third to emerge in Brazil in as many months.
Australian renewable energy company Enegix Energy has launched a partnership with the Cearàƒ¡ state government to develop a green hydrogen chain and production plant in the Pecém Port Complex on the northeast coast.
Another Australian company, Fortescue Future Industries is investigating a production facility at the Port of Aàƒ§u in Rio de Janeiro state.
With their port locations both these would appear to be largely aimed at the export potential, alongside any domestic opportunities.