The Anonymous Widower

Port Of Açu And Fortescue To Explore 300MW Hydrogen Plant In Brazil

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on H2Bulletin.

This is the first paragraph.

Brazilian ports have been attracting foreign investors to benefit from its abundant renewable resources. Porto do Açu Operações SA has recently started exploring opportunities to become a hydrogen production hub in Brazil, which H2Bulletin exclusively covered in its recent article.

The location of the Superport of Açu is shown on this Google Map.

Açu is marked by the red arrow and is about 300 km. from Rio de Janeiro.

Over the last year or so, I’ve noticed several ports declare the intention of becoming hydrogen hubs.

  • Hydrogen can be used to power dock vehicles, tugs, work-boats and ships.
  • Hydrogen can be used to support local businesses with high energy needs.
  • In the future hydrogen may power freight trains to and from the port.

Do ports feel hydrogen is a good way to decarbonise?

Do Ports Make Good Hydrogen Hubs?

Consider.

  • Ports and their staff are used to handling cargoes of all types including gases, chemicals, liquids and liquified gases.
  • They generally have space for the tanks to store hydrogen.
  • They have a good electrical connection for an electrolyser to create green hydrogen.
  • They have lots of uses for hydrogen.

Any excess hydrogen can be exported to someone who needs it.

It seems to me, that a port is a good place for a hydrogen hub.

 

 

November 6, 2021 - Posted by | Hydrogen, Energy | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Many of the larger ports have a lot of petro-chemical facilities that will need to be re-purposed hence the interest of oil companies. I note for example that BP has invested significantly in Açu.
    We shouldn’t overlook the fact that they also have well established transportation links within their region.
    The port of Açu also has close trading arrangements with Houston, Antwerp and Guangzhou which all seek to harmonise handling processes for the economic good of their business.

    Comment by fammorris | November 7, 2021 | Reply


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