Thursday, January 13, 2022

New Event Looks to Creation of Hydrogen Energy Corridor Between Chile and Europe

So Why Chile? Read On
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CHILE – NETHERLANDS – EUROPE – It may surprise many onlookers but Chile has vowed to become a leading light in the production of hydrogen for use as a clean fuel. The country hosts the H2 Mission which opens on January 17 and runs until January 22, a period which includes the Green Hydrogen Summit (January 19).

The event will see representatives from a host of European companies alongside the main Chilean sector actors, spending the five days with a delegation headed by the Port of Rotterdam and visiting major pilot projects in the north and south of Chile. Interested parties at the event include Engie, Total, Enel, Siemens, RWE, Austria Energy, Linde and Statkraft.

The event will focus on infrastructure projects needed to secure the green hydrogen supply chain and formulate the conditions for establishing an import-export corridor between Chile and Europe for clean energies. The H2 Mission marks a new stage in the strategy driven by ProChile, the government agency responsible for promoting the country internationally and to make Chile the most competitive renewable energy exporter worldwide by 2030.

The range of understandably complex issues to be addressed will include certification, regulations, trade, technologies, human capital and infrastructure development, and Marcelo Villagrán, ProChile Director in The Netherlands and in charge of Hydrogen for Europe, explained:

“To achieve our goal of becoming a renewable energy exporter, we need to create entirely new production, storage and transport infrastructure to get the most from Chile's natural assets. Developing this new industry is a major challenge and needs significant industrial investment and technological developments.

”It is vital that we work hand in hand with European actors, so we can attract investors and developers as well as ensure compliance with the standards and certifications needed for the future export of green hydrogen and its derivatives.”

The Netherlands and Chile have been working together to create a corridor to export hydrogen generated from renewable energy in Chile and distribute it efficiently throughout Europe from the Port of Rotterdam. With the H2 Mission event, the two countries are providing all their European and Chilean allies with a platform to work together towards a common goal.

And so we come to it. Why Chile? The answer lies in the natural geography and climate of the country. That 6,000 kilometre strip of Pacific coastline makes for unique conditions on this scale. Thanks to the highest level of solar radiation on the planet and onshore winds that rival the offshore potential of other parts of the world, Chile possesses the natural conditions needed to produce over 1,800 GW of renewable energy, equivalent to 75 times the country's national energy needs.

To develop this export potential, Chile launched its National Green Hydrogen Strategy in 2020. The strategy is a roadmap to achieving the goal the country has set for 2030: to become the global leader in hydrogen production by electrolysis and produce the world's cheapest green hydrogen, coming in at under $1.5 per kgH2.

Meanwhile the Port of Rotterdam hosts Europe's largest industrial complex and the gateway for around 13% of total energy used in Europe and is one of the drivers of the Dutch National Hydrogen Strategy. The aim is to maintain the country's logistics leadership and position it as the main European platform for importing low-carbon fuels. Monica Swanson, Senior Business Manager, International Hydrogen, the Port of Rotterdam, explains:

"The Dutch National Hydrogen Strategy covers imports, which is why we are developing the infrastructure needed to receive and distribute clean energies throughout Europe. But we also want to team up with the sector’s main actors and build partnerships to promote production-focused projects that support our future suppliers.

”Chile is a country with huge potential, especially in the production of green hydrogen and derivatives such as green ammonia, methanol and synthetic fuels. We are convinced that the country can become a key supplier of the energy sources of the future, capable of satisfying a substantial part anticipated demand in the Netherlands and other European countries."