Brazilian chemical manufacturer Unigel has announced plans to build a green hydrogen plant in the northeastern state of Bahia, Brazil. The US$120 million plant is expected to begin operations in 2023.
In the first phase of the project, Unigel will install three 20 MW standard electrolyzers from Thyssenkrupp Nucera. The new plant will have an initial production capacity of 10,000 tons/year of green hydrogen and 60,000 tons/year of green ammonia.
Green ammonia will also be used in the value chain of Unigel, as it is a raw material in the manufacturing of fertilizers and acrylics.
“Given the potential of Brazil in the generation of wind and solar energy, we believe that the country has a great opportunity to be a reference for the world in green hydrogen, a solution that brings versatility to transform renewable energy into raw materials and zero carbon fuels”, said Roberto Noronha Santos, CEO of Unigel. “Brazil’s energy mix already has a very high share of renewables. Around three quarters of the energy used in electrolysis of the project comes from renewable sources.”