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Uruguayan delegation visits ENERTRAG and receives first-hand information about the potential of green hydrogen


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Dauerthal (renewablepress) - A delegation led by Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining Omar Paganini, Ambassador Gabriel Bellón and other government representatives visited ENERTRAG yesterday. During a tour of the company’s Uckermark renewable power plant, including ENERTRAG’s green hydrogen production facility, the participants discussed the system integration of renewables and the possibilities for the production and export of green hydrogen and its derivatives.

In Uruguay, electricity demand is almost entirely supplied by renewable sources. Within a very short time, Uruguay has made itself independent of fossil fuels and electricity imports. This is on one hand, the result of a high share of hydropower, but on the other hand due to the rapid expansion of renewable energies. Uruguay’s transition began about a decade ago, and led to a massive expansion of wind power, which now contributes approximately 40 percent to the electricity mix, and has led to a significant reduction in electricity production costs. Solar photovoltaic (PV) capacities have also been installed and will be expanded in the upcoming years, in order to further complement the electricity from wind.

The country is currently a net exporter of electricity and expects further surpluses in electricity production of 2 TWh annually over the coming years. Recently, Minister Paganini announced that Uruguay is developing its own hydrogen strategy and is striving to produce and export green hydrogen. This is because Uruguay has immense generation potential in wind and solar PV (with very good complementarity), as well as infrastructure and logistics that are suitable for shipping hydrogen and its derivatives to Europe. The development of a domestic hydrogen economy is also a medium- to long-term possibility.

In Germany and abroad, ENERTRAG is promoting the energy transition and is developing and operating renewable-energy systems. A tour of the Uckermark interconnected power plant, which combines over 600 megawatts of renewable generation capacity and produces both electricity and already commercial volumes of green hydrogen, provided information to the Uruguayan delegation, on the possibilities of renewables, which can already fulfil all important system functions, including grid stability, while minimising fluctuations through the production of green hydrogen.

The H2Global foundation, of which ENERTRAG is a founding member, and the resulting opportunities were also an important topic of discussion. The aim of the H2Global initiative of the German government is to create an efficient funding programme for a fast market ramp-up and import of green-hydrogen-based products to Germany. The envisaged funding mechanism will enable the long-term commercial operation of green-hydrogen plants and the market ramp-up towards an industrial scale which is required now. Thus, H2Global differs from previous investment support programmes, which primarily enabled the development and testing of green-hydrogen technologies.

“We were very delighted with the Uruguayan government's interest in our energy solutions and aim to evolve a close partnership,” summarises Aram Sander, Head of International Business at ENERTRAG. “Our many years of experience in the production of green hydrogen in Germany, and the development of large-scale, export-oriented projects globally is something we would like to bring to Uruguay. We want to contribute in fostering the role of Uruguay as Latin America’s front-runner in implementing a holistic green-energy transition. Uruguay is an ideal partner for Germany with its high-quality renewables resources, space, abundant water and excellent, stable political frameworks. These unique factors combined make Uruguay an attractive region for long-term infrastructure investments at low financing costs.”

"We are very pleased to meet ENERTRAG and its renewable systems, particularly the role that this type of companies could play in fostering green hydrogen in Uruguay. The combination of private investment and public promotion schemes will be necessary to achieve our second energy transition” said Minister Omar Paganini, of Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining. “Germany and its ecosystem could be strategic partners to develop the green hydrogen economy in our country and the region.”


About ENERTRAG

ENERTRAG is a renewable-energy company. We develop, build, own and operate integrated energy plants that produce reliable electricity and green hydrogen from wind and sun. ENERTRAG has more than two decades of experience in successful and efficient renewables-projects development and implementation. We realized projects with a total capacity of more than 1.5 GW and raised more than €2 billion of debt and equity. We produce close to 1.5 TWh of electricity per year from our own assets, and manage over 1,000 wind turbines from our own fleet and for clients. Our 780 employees combine all the competencies required for successful operation and efficient maintenance, for local-community-oriented planning and reliable construction of energy plants and grids up to complete interconnected power plants. We are always one energy ahead – be it in grid solutions, storage solutions or in sector coupling with power-to-heat or green-hydrogen plants.


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Dauerthal, 05 November 2021


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