Mexico is Capable of Installing 22 TW in Green HydrogenBy Antonio Trujillo | Fri, 10/15/2021 - 12:16
Mexico has the capacity to install 22 TW in green hydrogen infrastructure, especially in areas like public transportation and power generation reports the AMH
Israel Hurtado, President of the Mexican Association of Hydrogen (AMH), explains that Mexico has green hydrogen infrastructure potential in key areas like public transportation, power generation, and the petrochemistry industry. Furthermore, Hurtado added that green hydrogen could also be applied to long-distance freight vehicles, heavy industry, refining, and electricity storage.
“According to studies by the Hydrogen Council, with green hydrogen Mexico could have up to 64 percent lower production costs compared to other countries. These studies also indicate that, to date, there are around 70 billion dollars of public investment. It is expected that by 2030, 16 times that figure will be invested by governments and international companies,” he said.
Although Mexico has not planned a national hydrogen strategy, other countries in the Latin American region have made great strides: For instance, Colombia and Chile have a fully functional one, while Brazil and Uruguay are on their way. Nonetheless, Mexico does have functional and planned hydrogen projects, including one in Guanajuato that deals with hydrogen injection to a gas pipeline to be mixed with natural gas; as well as one in Durango, where Green Hydrogen and Green ammonia are produced for the fertilizer industry.
“The Ministry of Energy mentions hydrogen as an emerging technology in the Prodesen for "changing turbines with fuel from natural gas to green hydrogen." It is important to note that this element could generate around 1.5 GW of electricity generation capacity by 2050,” Hurtado added. He also commented that for 2025, the technological advancement and the massification in the energy matrix will allow green hydrogen costs to be equal to those of gray hydrogen, citing solar energy’s 2013 1 MW cost of US$3.5 million, which has been reduced to US$600,000 today.
Reported recently on MBN, Hanover & the MHA signed an agreement with the intention to stimulate the green hydrogen industry in the country. The document outlined the transfer of “related knowledge and technology,” in addition to joint campaigns aimed at promoting the benefits of renewable energies. All in all, the agreement hopes to increase the competitiveness of renewable energies in Mexico and exploit the country’s potential to become a global protagonist in green hydrogen.