Unigel to build industrial-scale green hydrogen production plant in Brazil

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Brazilian chemical company Unigel is investing of USD 120 million in the development of the first industrial-scale green hydrogen plant in Brazil. Incorporating electrolyzer technology by thyssenkrupp nucera, the plant is expected to come online in late 2023.

In the first phase of the project, Unigel will install three 20 MW standard electrolyzers from thyssenkrupp nucera, adding up to a total capacity of 60 MW. The company plans to quadruple its production of green hydrogen in the years following the inauguration by expanding the electrolyzer plant to a multi-hundred MW facility, which will produce approximately 40,000 tons of green hydrogen.

Located in the Camaçari Industrial Complex (BA), the new plant will have an initial production capacity of 10,000 tons/year of green hydrogen and 60,000 tons/year of green ammonia. The products will be offered to customers who aim to decarbonize their production chains, e.g., the steel industry, oil refining, and e-fuels. Green ammonia will also be used in the value chain of Unigel, as it is a raw material in the manufacturing of fertilizers and acrylics.

“Given the potential of Brazil in the generation of wind and solar energy, we believe that the country has a great opportunity to be a reference for the world in green hydrogen, a solution that brings versatility to transform renewable energy into raw materials and zero carbon fuels,” said Roberto Noronha Santos, CEO of Unigel.

“This project is the first of its kind in Brazil and reinforces the pioneering spirit of Unigel to produce green molecules on an industrial scale,” said Dr. Werner Ponikwar, CEO of thyssenkrupp nucera. “As Brazil is one of the world-leading countries in terms of installed renewable energy, we are pleased to enter this partnership to make green hydrogen an affordable energy vector already today. “Only through large-scale production with robust, reliable and cost-effective technologies at competitive renewable power prices green hydrogen will become market-ready with widespread use.”

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