- The agreement foresees the export of green ammonia produced in the Pecém Complex, in Ceará and integration of the supply chain to the Port of Rotterdam.
- The plant has the potential to produce 2.4 million tons of ammonia per year.
São Paulo, 2nd February 2023. Casa dos Ventos, a renewable energy company, and Comerc Eficiência, an energy efficiency company of the Comerc Energia Group, signed a partnership with the TransHydrogen Alliance (THA), whose objective is to create new supply chains for the energy transition of European countries. The purpose of the agreement is to enable the export of green ammonia produced in the Industrial and Port Complex of Pecém (CIPP), in Ceará. The plant is to be built on a 60-hectare site with a capacity of up to 2.4 GW of electrolysis, producing 960 tons of hydrogen per day, and with all phases implemented, will enable the production of 2.2 million tons of ammonia per year.
Today the parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly develop a viable partnership targeting production of the first phase for export to Europe through the Port of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands in the year 2026.
Expand low carbon energy solutions abroad
“We want to use the abundant renewable resources in Ceará and neighbouring states to expand our low carbon energy solutions abroad”, says Lucas Araripe, CEO at Casa dos Ventos. The company and Comerc have already signed a pre-contract with the CIPP. “We are joining forces with a group of companies that will be able to contribute to the technological development of the project and with a portfolio of international clients”, explains Araripe.
Green hydrogen and ammonia
“The essence of Comerc is the energy transition, combining economy, excellence, and sustainability in all its solutions. And together with Casa dos Ventos and THA, through green hydrogen and ammonia, we take an important step towards decarbonization, both nationally and globally” says Marcel Haratz, President of Comerc Eficiência. “Green hydrogen is the fuel of the future, but it is already a reality and a global trend. So, we will be at the forefront with a project of this size and partnered with European companies it puts Brazil in a leading position to become an important player in the sector”, concludes Marcel.
Pecém the most promising place
“With the vision that Brazil can be a global power in the production and export of green hydrogen through leveraging one of the cleanest energy matrices in the world, the THA chose Pecém as one of the most promising places to produce and supply green hydrogen to Europe. By combining forces with Casa dos Ventos and Comerc, we provide industry-leading skills and capabilities across the entire value chain, from renewable energy supply, hydrogen and ammonia production technology, storage and logistics, maritime transport, and delivery to customers in the port of Rotterdam ” notes Paul Baan, CEO of THA.
Production market in Brazil
Brazil occupies a prominent place in the green hydrogen and ammonia market. It is one of the few countries in the world where the characteristics of the energy matrix allow the production of competitive and large-scale renewable energy, as well as its derivatives. Surveys indicate that the green hydrogen production market in Brazil could be between US$ 15 billion and US$ 20 billion annually by 2040.
About the Casa dos Ventos
Casa dos Ventos is a Brazilian energy company that develops, builds and operates energy generation projects from renewable sources. Responsible for the largest wind measurement campaign ever adopted in the world, the company developed one in every four of the wind projects in operation in Brazil today. To grow its leading position in the sector, Casa dos Ventos has the largest portfolio of wind and solar projects in the country, with approximately 20 GW of planned capacity. The company is also a leader in offering customized solutions to support the energy transition of large consumers. Recently, Casa dos Ventos announced a joint venture with TotalEnergies (TTE) to jointly develop, build and operate its renewable portfolio in Brazil, including hydrogen and green ammonia projects.
Casa dos Ventos is a signatory of the UN Global Compact and works aligned with the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the best ESG practices, preserving local bio-systems, developing social projects in the communities where it is present and transitioning to a low-carbon economy.
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About Comerc Energia Group
The Comerc Energia Group is the most complete Platform for Renewable Energy and Decarbonization Solutions in Brazil. With more than 20 years of experience and with a portfolio under management composed of around 4.1 thousand consumption units, the company achieved in the first 9 months of 2022 revenues of R$ 3.0 billion. Currently, the Comerc Group’s structure is anchored in four business verticals, bringing together in its portfolio centralized renewable generation, distributed generation, energy commercialization, energy efficiency, sectorized metering and management of consumers in the free market. Together these solutions make the path to decarbonization feasible.
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About the TransHydrogen Alliance
The TransHydrogen Alliance (THA) is a consortium formed in early 2021 by Proton Ventures, GES, Trammo DMCC and Varo Energy. Participating in the Pecém project are:
- Proton Ventures has engineering capabilities across the entire project lifecycle and value chain: with expertise in the design and development of green H2 and NH3 production and storage facilities.
- Global Energy Storage (GES) is a specialist in the development, construction and operation of terminals worldwide. GES is developing a new clean NH3 import terminal in Rotterdam, which will integrate with the supply chain of Pecém.
- Trammo DMCC is the largest independent international ammonia trader: using its existing fleet and accessing its customer base
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