Chile to develop green hydrogen through mining


Without a doubt, the worldwide task is to halt climate change, and green hydrogen is considered as a fantastic way to get the world to zero CO2 emissions in this regard.

During the “Green Hydrogen Summit 2022” webinar, Marcos Lima, ambassador of Green Hydrogen and former president of Codelco, remarked, “And mining might be the key to strengthening Chile as the world’s largest supplier of this sustainable energy.”

“The significant challenge or constraint for Chile is the distance we have from nations that potentially require more green hydrogen, such as Japan, Korea, India, and Europe in general,” the expert says. Lima stated that “the growth of renewable energy would be in nations where supply and demand are co-located.”

“Mining is our lever to construct a green hydrogen island in Chile,” according to the expert, “to unlock the logistical restriction, that is, the transport and storage of this renewable energy, and therefore convert our nation into a global power in its production and export.”

How could the aforementioned be accomplished? “The objective of mining is decarbonization, not the specific usage of hydrogen,” Lima says. The remainder of the mining firms, with the exception of Anglo American, are opposed to a technology that substitutes a diesel engine with a hydrogen one.”

In this perspective, “mine vehicles, for example, emit 70% of CO2, necessitating a fundamental adjustment.” Starting to employ green hydrogen in its extraction operations would be a wonderful potential for enterprises to develop this renewable energy, especially because Chile possesses one of the world’s largest reserves of copper (23 percent) and lithium (51 percent).

“The pressing challenges,” according to the expert, “are to progress in pledges to technical development of green mining, while the State must focus on educating personnel across the value chain and support rules for the industry.”

“Chile may become the planet’s key partner to create green hydrogen and halt C02 emissions,” Lima argues.

Arnes Biogradlija
Creative Content Director at EnergyNews.Biz

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