Wind energy will be used to make green hydrogen and then ammonia for export in the Magallanes area of southern Chile.
AustriaEnergy and kowind, two Austrian firms, aim to collaborate with the Danes to build a wind farm in Chile. The participation of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) is meant to speed up the project, as the firms revealed over the weekend. The partners’ goal is to create green hydrogen and then ammonia for export from wind in the Magallanes area of southern Chile.
CIP is a Danish investment fund that specializes in energy infrastructure investments. The projected HNH facility with the Austrians, according to the broadcast, is CIP’s first project in Chile and will cost more than three billion dollars.
“We believe Chile has the potential to become a key worldwide player in the production and export of green hydrogen and green ammonia, with the Magallanes area providing an exceptional onshore wind resource,” said Sren Toftgaard, a CIP partner.
The proposal is for a 1.7-gigawatt output and a one-million-ton yearly ammonia production. In the broadcast, there was no mention of a commissioning date.
In a zero-carbon future, hydrogen created from renewable sources will be critical. Massive volumes of natural gas and consequently substantial CO2 emissions are now used to create hydrogen and ammonia. Hydrogen will be created from power by electrolysis and then transported via ammonia synthesis in the future.