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Ceará, Brazil plans green hydrogen hub for export

The state of Ceará, in north-eastern Brazil, is designing a hub with the capacity to produce at least 500,000 tonnes of green hydrogen per year.

The equivalent of around 2.5m tonnes of green ammonia would be exported to Europe from the Port of Pecém to its trading partner, the Port of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands.

The state government sees green hydrogen (H2V) as the fuel for the future. To be considered ‘green,’ the product must be obtained through renewable sources, such as wind or solar power.

Named the Ceará Green Hydrogen Hub, the space installed in the Pecém Industrial and Port Complex (CIPP) was launched this year in partnership with the Federal University of Ceará (UFC) and the Federation of Industries of Ceará (FIEC). The idea is to seek new investments, expand business opportunities, and create jobs in the state.

So far, 18 Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) have been signed with national and foreign companies to implement projects in the hub.

Transporting the hydrogen is possible through its gaseous, liquefied form or by converting the element into ammonia. The expectation is for the product from Ceará to be transported in the form of ammonia.

Companies already confirmed in the project must use energy in the production process that corresponds to Brazilian consumption over a year. They include Engie, the largest private-sector power producer in Brazil, operating in generation, commercialisation and transmission of electric power, gas transport, and Australian mining company Fortescue.