K+N delivers wind turbines for Chilean hydrogen project
Hydrogen is seen as a major option in the global fight for greener economy and decarbonisation, and one project in Chile is blazing the tail. The Haru Oni project will explore the future of hydrogen as fuel from wind and water.
Kuehne+Nagel Project Logistics team was hired to deliver the main wind turbine components needed for the pilot phase of the project. It is designed to be the world’s first integrated commercial hydrogen plant for producing synthetic climate-neutral fuel from wind and water. Synthetic fuels produced by the plant allow vehicles to be nearly CO2 neutral, offering contributions toward climate protection.
Planning for the transport of the wind components began months in advance to address the inherent challenges of this undertaking. Based on the cargo requirements, Kuehne+Nagel engineering team chose to route the complete ocean transport from origin to destination.
Collected from multiple ports in China, the cargo was safely delivered to the port of Punta Arenas in Chile. The Project Logistics team supervised the discharging operation.
The Haru Oni hydrogen project
The project is a collaboration between Siemens Energy (Germany), Porsche (Germany) and Highly Innovate Fuels or HIF (Chile).
During the pilot phase, the Haru Oni project aims to produce 130,000 litres of e-fuels by 2022. In two proceeding phases, the capacity is planned to be increased to around 55 million litres of e-fuels per year by 2024 and to around 550 million litres of e-fuels by 2026. The project was launched on September 10, 2021 with a ground breaking ceremony joined by the Chilean Energy Minister.
Earlier this year, Kuehne+Nagel, noted that pilot developments, such as the Haru Oni, will require delivering projects where the resources for production of renewable energy are abundant, meaning the renewable energy will now be produce where the wind and sun are available on a massive scale.
This will result in the creation of new supply chains across the world in order to carry renewable energy from one region to another, with the likes of Kuehne+Nagel battling for its spot as the major developer of the needed infrastructure.