The White Martins unit, located in Pernambuco, now has the “Green hydrogen certification”, granted by the German company TÜV Rheinland, a world reference in certification, for its green hydrogen production process. There will be 156 tons of green hydrogen per year for the Pernambuco market.
The first green hydrogen (H2V) produced in South America is Brazilian and located in Pernambuco. TÜV Rheinland has evaluated and certified the production of green and carbon-neutral hydrogen within White Martins’ hydrogen supply chain in accordance with TÜV Rheinland Standard H2.21. The process of designing and implementing the green hydrogen management system and its respective certification took about 3 months. In all, 156 tons of H2V will be produced per year on an industrial scale.
“White Martins has more than 40 years of experience in the production of hydrogen in Brazil and we are making all our global expertise available to the market so that the country becomes a world reference in the production of green hydrogen. Our expectation is that this will be the first certification of many that we intend to have in our region in the coming years. Decarbonization is a priority for the company and we are committed to developing projects that contribute to the energy transition, in line with our mission to build a more productive and sustainable world”, says Gilney Bastos, President of White Martins and Linde in North America South.
Present in Brazil for over 110 years supplying medical and industrial gases, White Martins is the first company to produce green hydrogen on an industrial scale in the country and in South America. To be classified as green, one of the assumptions is that hydrogen is produced from the use of renewable sources. In Pernambuco, White Martins will be able to receive up to 1.6 MW of solar energy that will be used in the water electrolysis process to produce green hydrogen.
The entire certification process for the production of green hydrogen in Pernambuco was carried out by the German certifier TÜV Rheinland, founded in 1872 and specialized in inspecting services related to quality, technical safety and protection of people and the environment around the world. Germany is a world reference in certifications and one of the countries that is investing the most in green hydrogen as a solution for the decarbonization of the economy.
White Martins represents Linde in Brazil, a global leader in the production, processing, storage and distribution of hydrogen, with the largest capacity and largest distribution system for liquid hydrogen. The company operates the world’s first high-purity hydrogen storage cavern and pipeline networks totaling approximately 1,000 kilometers globally to reliably serve its customers.
Linde is at the forefront of the transition to clean hydrogen and has installed more than 200 hydrogen fueling and 80 hydrogen electrolysis stations worldwide. The company also offers the latest hydrogen technologies through its internationally recognized engineering industry and key alliances and partnerships.
Green hydrogen, produced through a process known as water electrolysis, which separates hydrogen molecules from oxygen using renewable energy, has become the next energy frontier and is considered an alternative to decarbonization, as it can be used in several sectors, such as industries and transport.
White Martins is investing in other hydrogen initiatives in the country, such as the supply of the product to fuel the Mirai, a fuel cell electric car made by Toyota do Brasil.
In addition, the company signed memorandums of understanding (MoU) with the governments of the states of Ceará, Rio de Janeiro and Rio Grande do Sul and with the port complexes of Pecém, in Ceará, and Açu, in Rio de Janeiro, for the carrying out feasibility studies for the implementation of green hydrogen and green ammonia projects.