Gonzalez highlighted the rich history of Pico Truncado, which also had the oldest population of America. In this regard, he added: “Without forgetting these wonderful aspects of the city that could even be the basis of an official statement, this time we want to make a commitment to the future and boost the Experimental Hydrogen Plant operating in my province. It is a great source of pride and points the way of clean and renewable energies and sustainable initiatives that should be replicated across the country.”
Moreover, Bolcich referred to the project as “an extraordinary milestone to promote alternative energy.” In his presentation, the expert with a PhD in Physics synthesized the hydrogen production process: “In Pico Truncado, wind turbines convert wind energy into electricity. An electrolyzer decomposes the water (from the basement of the plant), which is then desalinated until getting chemically pure water, from which the hydrogen gas is finally obtained. The main advantage is that, when burned, it only releases water vapor into the atmosphere. There’s no carbon monoxide or carbon, it is completely clean.”
As a transportation fuel, several tests mixing 20 or even 30 percent of hydrogen and the rest of CNG have already been made. “There is a Ford Ranger pickup working very well with this mixture; it was converted using only equipment of the Argentine industry,” said Bolcich.