Energy group EDP will invest R$41.9m in a pilot project for the production of a green hydrogen plant in Brazil’s Pecém Industrial and Port Complex, with a production capacity of 250 Nm3/h of the gas.
With operation expected to start in December 2022, EDP Will have a solar plant of 3 MW providing renewable energy to an electrolyser from Hytron-NEA. The company is already operational in the complex with a 720 MW power plant.
Danilo Serpa, CEO of Pecém Complex, said: “EDP is already our partner, as it has been operating in Pecém Complex since 2012. In the last five years alone, the company has handled 8.6m tonnes of cargo with us.
“This is, therefore, a pioneering investment in Brazil and in the world, since few places on the planet currently have H2 plants. It is something revolutionary with a strong sustainable impact. Therefore, we thank EDP for believing in the state of Ceará, for believing in Pecém.
Pecém Industrial and Port Complex together with its shareholders state government of Ceará and the Port of Rotterdam have praised the development as it marks the first step towards the ‘Green Hydrogen HUB Pecém – Ceará’ project.
The project was launched in February by the Ceará state government, the port complex, the Federation of State Industries (Fiec) and Federal University of Ceará (UFC).
It has attracted companies interested in operating in the green hydrogen value chain, which ranges from renewable energy generation, to production, storage, distribution and consumption of green hydrogen, including for export.