Hydrogen and New Technologies

Chile has a great advantage to face climate change, having enormous renewable resources, solar and wind energy in abundance, as well as key mineral resources to face the decarbonization of industrial processes in general: copper and lithium.


Our challenge as a country is to efficiently insert ourselves in the global value chains that will be developed to face the decarbonization of economies: we will be able to export fuels and clean energy by implementing green hydrogen technologies.


Based on these renewable energies, it is necessary to move towards sustainable mining, which reduces the carbon footprint of copper and lithium to zero, reducing dependence on fossil fuels throughout the production matrix. This represents an enormous opportunity to sophisticate national production, to develop new export industries, for example: green hydrogen and derivatives.


The solid trajectory of the Fraunhofer Institutes Network in Germany and the rest of the world offers Chile a great advantage to advance in the implementation of these developments and innovations, and in this challenge Fraunhofer Chile offers its capabilities to act as a bridge in the transition to a more sustainable productive matrix.

Green Hydrogen Value Chain

Hydrogen Technologies

Green Hydrogen is presented as an opportunity to achieve carbon neutrality goals in complex sectors and industries to decarbonize, such as Mining and Transportation, where electrification and renewable energies used directly are not enough. This is where the 'energy vector' property of H₂ appears, as it allows us to transport or use renewable solar or wind energy, in other uses such as transportation, chemical industry, energy storage, industrial heat generation, among others.

What is Hydrogen?


Hydrogen is a gas, the first element on the periodic table. It is the most abundant element in the universe, it is in fact the fuel of stars, such as our Sun. On our planet it is also very abundant, but it is never found isolated, it is always found combined in more complex molecules, such as water (H2O), or methane (CH4).


To obtain pure hydrogen, we have to resort to technologies to separate these molecules, such as electrolysis, an electrochemical method that separates the water molecule into H2 and O2. At present, hydrogen has important uses in the petrochemical industry, its production being based on the reforming of natural gas, a relatively low cost process, but very high CO2 emissions, therefore, we have in this case 'gray' hydrogen.



On the other hand, when obtaining hydrogen by electrolysis, where the electrical energy used is 100% clean or renewable (solar, wind, geothermal, hydraulic, etc.), we have Green Hydrogen or Renewable Hydrogen, because in its production there are no greenhouse gas emissions.


Hydrogen (H2) has a very high energy content, in fact a kilogram of H2 contains almost three times more energy than a kilogram of diesel, for example. Then, the H2 molecule can act as an energy vector, i.e. we can use it to store variable renewable energy (solar, wind, or other) in the form of this molecule, which can be compressed, liquefied, or transformed into more complex molecules, such as ammonia, methanol or synthetic fuels.

Development Areas



Learn more about this technology and its possible developments in Chile, with the support of the excellence in R&D of the prestigious network of Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany.


Carbon Sequestration and Synthetic Fuels

Thanks to the extensive experience developed in Germany, Chile now has a bridge for the incorporation of new sustainable technologies in the industry.

Business Development Team

In order to implement new R&D developments in the industry, our Business Development team has a wide portfolio of projects and contacts to provide advice and guidance in prospecting possibilities for your company. 


We have the experience of a multidisciplinary team at national level and the support of the network of Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany, which allows us to support and guarantee the reliability and quality in the design and execution of the projects we implement.

Meet our team

Marco Vaccarezza

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MBA. Marco Vaccarezza

Head of New Technologies

Centro de Tecnologías para Energía Solar

Phone +562 2378 1660

Thomas  Lindsay

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Thomas Lindsay

Coordinador de Proyectos

Centro de Tecnologías para Energía Solar

Phone +562 2378 1660

Lars Metkemeyer

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Lars Metkemeyer

Project Manager

Centro de Tecnologías para Energía Solar

Phone +562 2378 1660

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