China’s CGN plans 14GW wind and solar for green hydrogen in Brazil

Developer China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) and Brazilian player Quinto Energy plan to build 14GW of wind and solar farms in central Bahia, north-east Brazil, to produce green hydrogen and ammonia.

Construction being carried out at CGN's Tanque Novo wind farm in Brazil

The partners signed a memorandum of understanding for the project at a ceremony attended by the state governor and the secretary of Brazil’s ministry of mines and energy.

Quinto CEO Rafael Cavalcanti said: “Bahia is the future of renewable fuels. In its different forms, with a hybrid source of wind and solar energy, interconnected transmission lines, [and a] petrochemical complex connected to the Port of Aratu, Bahia will lead the process of green refineries in the world.”

Neither company has revealed how the 14GW of capacity will be split between wind and solar, what capacity of electrolysers there will be or what technology they will use, whether all of the project’s electricity generation will be reserved for electrolysis or only a portion, or what customers they will pursue for green hydrogen deals.

Quinto is already developing a 14GW portfolio of wind and solar projects, according to its website. Meanwhile, CGN has developed 240MW of operational onshore wind capacity in Bahia, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly.

It is also unclear whether the 14GW of wind and solar capacity tied to CGN and Quinto's green hydrogen plans is entirely made up of new projects or includes existing projects. 

Windpower Monthly has contacted Quinto for clarification.