With green hydrogen, Uruguay aims to complete its energy transformation

Uruguay completed the first stage of its energy transformation based on the almost total decarbonization of the electricity matrix.

98% renewable energy

With 98% renewable electricity generation, small geographic size, high institutional quality and commitment to clean energy, Uruguay is an ideal partner for the development of green hydrogen demonstration projects in the region.

Verne pilot project

In March 2019, an inter-institutional team was established that included Uruguay's Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining and the state-owned fuel and electricity companies, ANCAP and UTE, to carry out the VERNE pilot project, which aims to install a green hydrogen production plant and deploy a fleet of 10 heavy fuel cell vehicles that will use that hydrogen.

Green hydrogen producer

Uruguay has many attributes to be a producer of green hydrogen that can be exported and consumed locally, directly and in industries related to the production of raw materials and green chemistry. It has four main attributes: generating potential, logistics, complementarity and availability of renewable sources.

Favorable features

Some of the country's characteristics that favor the production of green hydrogen are its great potential for electricity generation from combined wind and solar photovoltaic energy, the possibility of expanding renewable generation to the maritime area through the installation of offshore wind energy, access ports to the Atlantic to allow export and access routes to the entire country, as well as infrastructure for local transportation. In addition, due to its economic, political and social stability, and specific incentives, Uruguay is a reliable country for foreign investors.

In a second stage, which the country is already beginning to embark on, new challenges will be taken on, including the development of a hydrogen economy and the continued decarbonization of the energy sector and the production of raw materials.

Green hydrogen is produced without the use of fossil fuels and only from renewable energies. Therefore, the production of green hydrogen is a process with zero greenhouse gas emissions and totally sustainable. Although water is used, after the hydrogen is used, the by-product is water vapor, so it returns to the environment in the same amount as it was used and the cycle is closed.

Hydrogen contributes to decarbonization:

The incorporation of green hydrogen will enable more industrial, economic and labor development, greater energy independence, reduced vulnerability to oil price volatility and foreign exchange savings.

In Uruguay we have an outstanding track record in the incorporation of renewable energies to the electric energy matrix, which allows us to take a step further and position ourselves in the world as an actor capable of responding to the new energy demands at local and global level. To this end, we see the need to advance in the development of green hydrogen, which offers the possibility of responding to the demand for cleaner and more environmentally friendly production, while at the same time it will allow in the long term to give a new destination to the usable capacity of electricity generation available in the country.
Omar Paganini
Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining

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