Los Cabos; BCS.- The Center for Renewable Energy and Environmental Quality (CERCA) suggests the incorporation of hydrogen as a source of electricity generation in Baja California Sur, with a particular focus on the benefit of rural communities.
According to information from the National Electrical System Development Program (Prodesen) 2023-2037, andThe federal government expects combined cycle plants to gradually reduce their dependence on natural gas. The established goal is that by the year 2037, These power generation facilities incorporate at least 30 percent hydrogen in their fuel mix, thus marking a shift towards a more sustainable energy matrix.
Jaqueline Valenzuela, director of the Center for Renewable Energy and Environmental Quality (CERCA), reports that a private energy project that incorporates the use of hydrogen is currently underway in Los Cabos. However, it highlights the prevailing need for government participation in this energy initiative to ensure its success and maximize its impact in the region.
“Right now in the community of Santiago there is a private project, the technology of which is precisely hydrogen, but what this private plant is going to do when it can operate is to sell the electricity to CFE. The potential for hydrogen and all that is to develop a plant in one of the communities, but one that is of community benefit in isolated places.”
It is estimated that the gas pipeline network in the northwest (Sonora and Sinaloa), northeast (Tamaulipas), Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Baja California and the Yucatán Peninsula could contribute significantly to meeting the objective of incorporating green hydrogen into energy production in Mexico.
The Ministry of Energy (Sener) has indicated that the successful introduction of green hydrogen into the energy matrix requires the selection of locations with abundant natural resources, such as sun, wind and water. This is due to the considerable volumes of water resources required, along with primary sources of solar and wind energy, to carry out the electrolysis process necessary for the production of hydrogen.
The challenge facing Baja California Sur and the country as a whole to achieve the goals established by the United Nations (UN) of reducing emissions by 35 percent by 2030 remains a topical issue.