More than 30 companies made their official presentation as members of the consortium for the development of the hydrogen economy in Argentina (H2ar). A unique platform within the region, created to innovate and proceed with the comprehensive development of the hydrogen value chain in Argentina, from production to local application and export.
Companies will work in a dynamic and collaborative workspace created and coordinated by Y-TEC, the technology company created by YPF and the CONICET.
The companies taking part in the consortium are: YPF, Siemens Energy, Toyota Argentina, Cargill, Alstom Group, Pampa Energía, Tenaris, Ternium, Scania, YPF Luz, Profertil, Compañía MEGA, TGN, TGS, Genneia, Baker Hughes, Sumitomo Corporation, Loma Negra, IEASA, Emerson, ABB, CGC, Trafigura, Explora, SICA, ABO Wind, AES Argentina, Air Liquide, Honeywell, Air Products, Hychico, Praxair, AESA and SoluForce.
Across the world, it is expected that in the next decade the use of hydrogen is accelerated and extended as an energy vector with low carbon emissions, turning it into a crucial element in order to achieve industrial decarbonization goals. In that context, Argentina has excellent natural conditions for hydrogen production, through its highly competitive renewable resources and its important natural gas reserves.
“One of the main initial goals of the consortium will be to strengthen a common vision and to define roadmaps in different fields of application in order to identify challenges, promote joint pilot projects and create a regulatory and business environment which promotes the development of local technological and productive capacities”. - Santiago Sacerdote, General Manager Y-TEC stated.
In this way, the consortium will seek to strengthen a favorable position for the country and for its companies to capture the value of this new global economy.
“I believe that an important part of innovation is combining the right partners and their underlying knowledge. We are excited to be part of this diverse group of companies from various disciplines, and hope to gain more insights into the Argentinian Hydrogen market developments. With our experience in hydrogen development and pilot projects, we believe that we can make a valuable contribution to this consortium”. - Robert-Jan Berg, Managing Director SoluForce.
Seven working cells were defined for the first stage, with a term of two years. They will be focused in studying scenarios for the hydrogen production, transport and export, and concerning the assessment of specific implementation opportunities in the fields of mobility, industry, natural gas network and electric power.