Brazil/Germany – Using thyssenkrupp nucera’s cutting-edge technology, Unigel is investing a total of US$ 120 million in the construction of Brazil’s first industrial-scale green hydrogen plant.
The plant’s production is scheduled to begin in the latter half of 2023. The integrated green hydrogen and green ammonia plant owned by Unigel is currently anticipated to be the biggest in the world. Three 20 MW standard electrolyzers from Thyssenkrupp Nucera, totaling 60 MW, are installed by Unigel as part of the project’s first phase. The company intends to increase the electrolyzer plant to a multi-hundred MW facility, which will produce roughly 40,000 tons of green hydrogen, in the years after the opening, quadrupling its current production of green hydrogen. More than 500 people are anticipated to work at the new facility, giving the entire area a significant boost in addition to the chemical company.
The new plant, which is situated in the Camaçari Industrial Complex (BA), will initially be able to produce 10,000 tons/year of green hydrogen and 60,000 tons/year of green ammonia. Customers who want to decarbonize their production chains, such as the steel industry, oil refining, and e-fuels, will be able to purchase the products. Since green ammonia is a raw material for the production of fertilizers and acrylics, it will also be utilized in Unigel’s value chain.
The project’s electrolysis uses about three quarters of its energy from renewable sources. As a result, in one of the most significant markets in South America, Unigel and thyssenkrupp nucera are first movers on an industrial scale.