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Shell and Raizen in partnership to produce renewable hydrogen

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Shell and Raízen have signed a cooperation agreement for the production of renewable hydrogen from ethanol.
The additional partners include Hytron, a subsidiary of the Germany based Neuman and Esser Group; the University of São Paulo and the Centro de Tecnologia da Indústria Química e Têxtil.
The partnership aims to validate the production technology through the plants, designed to produce 5 kg/h of hydrogen and the implementation of a plant 10 times larger in the future. “This technology can be easily installed at conventional gas stations, without requiring changes in the distribution infrastructure, ensuring that hydrogen will be ready to fuel vehicles quickly and safely. The use of hydrogen is not restricted to the transport sector and will benefit other segments in Brazil, when it comes to replacing fossil energy sources,” said Alexandre Breda, low carbon energy manager of Shell and vice executive director of the Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Innovation.
The project is scheduled to start operating in 2023, with its aim set to the development of low carbon solutions for heavy transport with the first hydrogen ethanol fuelling station in Brazil and in the world.
Hydrogen will be produced using biofuel supplied by Raízen and a technology developed and manufactured by Hytron with support from SENAI CETIQT’s SENAI Institute for Innovation in Biosynthetics and Fibres, and Shell’s funding.