Germany invests in Brazilian green hydrogen production

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The German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) will invest almost R$ 13 million by 2023 in the production of green hydrogen in Brazil.

The funds will be used to train professionals through the National Service for Industrial Training (Senai).

Green hydrogen is a fuel, which can be used in vehicles, produced with electricity from clean and renewable energy sources. Matrixes such as hydroelectric, wind, solar, and biomass are included in the list. In other words: it is zero carbon: obtained without CO2 emission.

Center of Excellence in Green Hydrogen

The initiative will generate the Center of Excellence in Green Hydrogen in the city of Natal (RN). In addition, five more regional education and training spaces will be created in Ceará, Paraná, Bahia, São Paulo and Santa Catarina.

With the investment, multipliers will be trained and laboratories will be developed. The coordination will be in charge of the Gas Technologies and Renewable Energy Center, from Senai in Rio Grande do Norte.

The resources are part of the GIZ’s H2Brasil project, a partnership between the governments of Brazil and Germany to support the expansion of the green hydrogen market and its derivatives in the country.

“The share of renewable energy in the Brazilian energy matrix has been increasing every year, and the trend is for this number to grow at the same time as production costs fall,” said Markus Francke, director of GIZ’s H2Brasil Project. “This positive scenario proves that Brazil has the potential to become a reference in the production of green hydrogen and one of the main exporting countries of the product.”

According to Senai’s Superintendent of International Business, Frederico Lamego, the institution is supporting Brazilian industry in the transition to a low-carbon economy and to make the country even more competitive in renewable energy.

“Today, the demand for green hydrogen is stronger abroad, especially in Europe,” Lamego commented. “By developing this competence within the country, we can also boost domestic demand for the technology by making its price more competitive.”

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