In the beginning, Mrs. Saraiva Panik shared her history of working in the hydrogen field. In 1998 she worked as a project manager on an UNDP pilot initiative introducing fuel cell buses in developing countries (Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and Egypt), as well the commissioning of hydrogen refueling stations.
Mrs. Saraiva Panik stated that hydrogen offers a great opportunity for developing countries to become hydrogen producers and exporters to contribute to global decarbonization targets, further stimulating social and economic development and technological innovation. She has mentioned that developing countries do not have the same amount of financial backing to support hydrogen projects. An investment from a consortium of private companies where each company delivers different kinds of services for the implementation of the whole hydrogen chain is of great importance to scale-up hydrogen infrastructure. The hydrogen chain is very complex and each service provider benefits from the spread and enlargement of the whole hydrogen industry.
We learned that although Ceara is a popular touristic spot, it is not developed to its full economic potential. The region is rich in renewables, accounting for 80% of all renewable production in northeast Brazil. For the last 20 years, this area has been heavily invested in scaling up renewables. The port of Pecem, which is partially owned (30%) by the port of Rotterdam, will ship green hydrogen to the Netherlands to help Europe achieve decarbonization. The government has opened the port in February of this year, and since then it has attracted significant investments from multiple global renewable companies.