Enel Green Power has broken ground on Chile’s first industrial-scale pilot plant for green hydrogen production.
This 1.25MW plant, which is located at Cabo Negro north of Punta Arenas, will produce green hydrogen through electrolysis powered by a 3.4MW wind turbine.
The plant is also Enel Green Power’s first project to produce green hydrogen to start construction globally.
The plant is expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2022.
Enel Chile general manager Paolo Pallotti said: “This groundbreaking highlights in a concrete way the progress made in developing a project that shows how it will be possible for companies to achieve their sustainability goals in sectors that are difficult to decarbonize, and that until today were forced to use fossil fuels.
“With its conditions for developing and promoting renewable energies, Chile is the ideal place for research, development and implementation of new technologies that will contribute to the sustainable development of the country.”
The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Energy and Mining, Juan Carlos Jobet, along with representatives of Enel Green Power Chile, AME, Siemens Energy, Porsche, Enap and Exxon Mobile, as well as local authorities.