PtX Hub in Argentina

Catalysing long-term defossilisation pathways through Power-to-X in Argentina

Synthetic fuels and chemicals based on renewable energy offer a promising opportunity for Argentina to accelerate its economic development. With its favourable conditions for renewable energy generation, the country can build sustainable Power-to-X markets, reduce import dependency, and create socio-economic benefits through innovative technology.

Why Argentina? Argentina is the second-largest country in South America, and natural resources are widely available. Northern Argentina boasts high solar radiation, while Patagonia offers above global average wind quality. As a country with relevant industry, Argentina’s labour force is skilled and its research and academia well-developed. In terms of hydrogen production: there is a pre-existing domestic hydrogen market utilised by the steel industry and refineries for the production of ammonia and methanol; and infrastructure-wise, ports are already operating alongside an extensive gas pipeline network that stretches over 16,000 km.

Last but not least, Argentina’s political decision-makers are deeply interested in advancing their hydrogen economy to reach their climate goals. Argentina is committed to international agreements to stop climate change and recognises hydrogen as a key element for economic development. The country has national policies in place to increase its renewable energy capacities and is currently working on a baseline to develop a National Hydrogen Strategy and inaugurating an Inter-ministerial Hydrogen Roundtable.

In Argentina, the PtX Hub works on

1. Supporting local institutions in the field of Power-to-X to promote the development of a hydrogen and Power-to-X market

    • Strengthening capacities in Power-to-X and green hydrogen

2. Modelling allocation scenarios for Power-to-X products

  • Analysing various future scenarios for the allocation of Power-to-X products, e.g., hydrogen as a base product for chemical processes and steel production for export
  • Developing recommendations on how to integrate the results into sectoral strategies

3. Supporting the Argentinean Government with technical studies and recommendations regarding the regulatory framework or the development of a hydrogen strategy

  • Analysing e.g. socio-economic effects of a transition towards hydrogen
  • Analysing local infrastructure to produce hydrogen and Power-to-X

4. Promoting cross-sectoral and regional dialogues

  • Connecting relevant actors from the academic, economic, and civil society sectors
  • Integrating knowledge and exchanging experience through the regional platform H2lac

If you are interested in finding out more about the PtX Hub’s work in Argentina, contact Stephan Remler. For background information on Agora Energiewende’s contribution, click here.