Hydrogen is associated in the popular imagination as the fuel of the future. As a validation of this extended inference, Japan has already anticipated that for the Olympic Games next year in Tokyo all the transport of athletes and visitors will be with hydrogen cars and buses, as well as the supply of energy, water and heat for the Olympic village.
In continuity with that same imaginary anchoring, most Argentines would be amazed to learn that in a semi-desert wasteland of Patagonia, on the outskirts of Comodoro Rivadavia (Chubut), a clean hydrogen production plant has been operating for more than 10 years. which is among the most advanced of its kind worldwide. And yet, to the surprise of almost everyone, it is like that.
In that eminently hydrocarbon territory, where oil was discovered in 1907, the company Hychico, a subsidiary of a local group with energy assets in the region, has a plant for the industrial production of hydrogen from renewable energies. It is what is known in the jargon as clean hydrogen, unlike that produced in refineries of petroleum derivatives, of synthetic origin.