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CTG Group opens green hydrogen research center in Brazil

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The Chinese group CTG opened in Brazil a center for the study of green hydrogen, in a project that aims to consolidate a “hub” (exchanger) of this fuel in the port of Suape.

The so-called “Tech-Hub” of CTG Brazil and the National Service of Learning in Industry (Senai) will have an initial investment of 45 million reais (about 9 million dollars) and in its initial phase will be focused on “promoting the development of innovative solutions” for the so-called “fuel of the future”.

Green or renewable hydrogen (H2V) is generated through the process of “electrolysis of water”, which is the separation of oxygen and hydrogen, and is intended mainly for the production of fertilizers for agricultural activities, although it can also be used as fuel and industrial raw material.

In addition to presenting solutions for the transport, logistics and storage of green hydrogen, the research center intends to incorporate digital tools for the commercialization of the product.

Parallel to the step taken by CTG (China Three Gorges) to consolidate the state of Pernambuco (northeast) as another region leading the production of green hydrogen in the country, Recife, the regional capital, gathered this week specialists from all over Brazil to discuss the gas sector.

The meeting at the Federation of Industrialists of the State of Pernambuco (Fiepe) addressed the impacts of the war between Russia and Ukraine and the consequent energy crisis the world is facing, where biogas, biomethane and green hydrogen are also shown as alternative renewable sources.

The first project for a green hydrogen hub in Brazil is being developed at the seaport of Pecem, in Sao Gonçalo de Amarante, in the metropolitan region of Fortaleza, capital of Ceará, also in the northeast of the country.

Pecem has so far 19 firm projects signed for the installation in the port of companies from Brazil, France, Portugal, Spain, Australia, the United States and Italy interested in producing green hydrogen from clean energy sources, such as solar and wind.

Brazil this week also put itself at the forefront in the industrial production of green hydrogen with the cornerstone laid by the multinational Unigel of what will be the largest factory of this type of “clean” fuel in the world when it comes into operation at the end of 2023.

With investments of 120 million dollars, but using the infrastructure and logistics that the company already has in the petrochemical pole of Camaçari and in the seaport of Aratu, both in the state of Bahia (northeast), the plant will produce 10,000 tons per year of green hydrogen and 60,000 tons of “clean” ammonia. EFE

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