Brazil: Sao Paulo government focuses on producing green hydrogen from ethanol

The Sao Paulo government, in collaboration with Toyota and Shell, has embarked on an ambitious venture aimed at producing green hydrogen through the innovative use of ethanol. This groundbreaking initiative is set to take place at the University of São Paulo (USP) and will mark the world’s first pilot plant dedicated to this transformative process.

Brazil, a leading advocate for renewable energy, plans to use ethanol, a renewable fuel derived from agribusiness, as a central component in its green hydrogen production. With sugarcane as its primary source of ethanol, Brazil holds the title of the world’s largest eco-friendly fuel producer. São Paulo, housing half of the nation’s sugarcane harvest, is at the forefront of driving this sustainable revolution.

The project relies on cutting-edge Brazilian technology, led by Hytron in partnership with USP, Senai, and Raízen, to develop the necessary plant equipment. Expected to initiate operations in the latter half of 2024, the pilot plant is projected to produce 4.5 kilograms of hydrogen per hour.

Daniel Lopes, Director of Hytron Commercial, exclaims, “We are harnessing Hytron’s pioneering Brazilian technology to showcase a disruptive solution. Hydrogen derived from ethanol is poised to play a pivotal, impactful role in Brazil’s energy transition and beyond.”


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