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Chile Inaugurates First Green Hydrogen Fuel Production Plant in Punta Arenas

Marking a new erain Sustainable transportations

In the demonstration plant Haru Ori, located at kilometer 44 of the North Route 9 of Punta Arenas, Hif Global has begun producing the first liters of synthetic fuels.

At this historic event for Chile and the world in the fight against climate change, various foreign, national, regional and local authorities were present. "At a time when so many forces are pushing to backtrack on our climate goals, we need these moments of optimism," said the Minister of Energy, Diego Pardow. The project, which will benefit the creation of new jobs and improve the quality of life of the people, has the participation of recognized companies. Using renewable energy from the wind, green hydrogen will be produced through a process called electrolysis.

In its demonstration plant, the pilot phase of a project is proposed to begin producing 350 tons of raw eMetanol and 131 cubic liters of eFuel per year, then moving on to a stage where the initial investment of $74 million will increase to $755 million, increasing production to 70,000 cubic liters of eFuel.

The installation will also capture CO2 from the atmosphere and use a synthesis process to combine CO2 and hydrogen to produce synthetic fuels, including carbon-neutralo gasoline (eGasoline) and carbon-neutral liquefied gas (eLG).

It is important to note that the use of hydrogen as a fuel has the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change. Hydrogen fuel cells can power vehicles and generate electricity with water as the only byproduct, making it a clean and renewable energy source. The production of green hydrogen, which is hydrogen produced using renewable energy sources, is particularly attractive as it can be produced with minimal carbon emissions.

The inauguration of the Hif Global plant in Punta Arenas marks a significant step towards the adoption of hydrogen as a fuel in Chile and the transition to a more sustainable energy system. It is expected that the plant will not only produce hydrogen fuel for transportation, but also for the industrial and residential sectors. The use of hydrogen fuel has the potential to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and contribute to the decarbonization of the energy sector in Chile.

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