Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE) Begins Hydrogen Study

By October 28, 2019 3   min read  (409 words)

October 28, 2019 |

Fuel Cells Works, Green Hydrogen Technology Could Change the Future of Costa Rica

ICE enters into study to produce hydrogen with renewable electricity

The Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE) began the research stage to produce and take advantage of hydrogen as an energy vector, generated with renewable electricity from the Costa Rican matrix. In the first stage, ICE will participate in the identification of business cases that involve the manufacture of this element.

Costa Rica Hydrogen 1As part of the operation, the Institute signed two collaboration agreements. The first with Siemens, a world leader in the manufacture of high-quality electrolyser equipment for industrial use.

The second was signed with Ad Astra Rocket, a pioneer company in the country in the development of green hydrogen technologies for electric transport and energy applications, located in Liberia.

Melvin Monge, of the ICE Generation Business, explained that “we developed a methodology to calculate the level cost of hydrogen, that is, how much it is worth to produce a kilogram with electricity. The data allows simulating scenarios for its use ”.

This public-private effort is part of the commitment assumed by the country in the National Decarbonization Plan 2018–2050. Worldwide, powers such as Japan, China, Canada, Germany, Sweden, and the United States have experience in technology research applicable to the so-called “hydrogen economy.”

ICE, Siemens and Ad Astra Rocket are part of the Hydrogen Alliance, which promotes the use of this element as a sustainable alternative in the country.

Company Vision

Marco Acuña ICE Corporate Electricity Director: “The three organizations will come together to identify opportunities in which green hydrogen is a basic input, either to be supplied in the country or exported. This incursion can be key to the future of our economy. ”

Pablo Riba Siemens General Manager: “We are going to forge the change that will transform our nation into a world reference in the use of disruptive energies. Committed to the mission of decarbonising the economy, and coupled with the vision of ICE and the experience of Ad Astra Rocket, Siemens will provide the innovative solutions that characterize us. ”

Juan Ignacio Del Valle Operations Director of Ad Astra Rocket: “Working together with entities such as ICE and Siemens represents an important milestone in the process of promoting green hydrogen as a key part of Costa Rica’s decarbonization process. This will allow the country to gradually increase its energy independence and maintain our regional leadership in the development of this technology. ”

Source: Bnamericas

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