Neoenergia and Prumo to develop green hydrogen projects in Brazil

Neoenergia, a subsidiary of Iberdrola, has agreed to work with Prumo Logstica on offshore wind and green hydrogen projects in Açu Port, Rio de Janeiro.

The companies intend to conduct their research at the state’s Porto do Acu, where the port’s infrastructure could be useful to the projects during their installation and operation.

However, the Brazilian renewable energy division of the Spanish utility business Iberdrola did not provide any additional information, including the prospective investment or the planned green hydrogen and offshore wind power production capacity.

In the past, Neoenergia has signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with the Brazilian states of Pernambuco, Ceará, and Rio Grande do Norte to develop green hydrogen, and with Rio Grande do Sul to construct green hydrogen facilities and studies for offshore wind generation. This month, EDF Renewables and Prumo signed a memorandum of understanding to investigate the feasibility of building and establishing offshore wind farms in the northern Rio de Janeiro state.

In the shallow waters off the shores of the Northeast, Southeast, and South, a majority of the 170GW worth of offshore wind projects now being evaluated by the federal environmental agency Ibama.

Also submitting offshore wind projects to Ibama is the Norwegian oil firm Equinor.

Legislators in Brazil are presently debating how to best regulate offshore wind farms. The ports of Açu, Suape, and Pecém (the latter two being in the states of Pernambuco and Ceará) have also signed a number of memoranda of understanding concerning green hydrogen.

Fortescue Future Industries, Qair Brasil, Enegix Energy, ABB Automation, and the Transhydrogen Alliance are just a few of the companies watching this industry closely.