It is finally friday and it is time for an update on the hydrogen market. We are gaining more and more international readers, and from this week we will write the news in English to reach a broader audience. First out in this weeks update is HyFuel aiming for establishing of a hydrogen production plant in Florø. We can also read about planned hydrogen production facilities abroad, Norwegian companies that want to build a dual-cable for hydrogen and electricity, and ZERO’s challenge to Norwegian Government.
Joint venture for hydrogen in Florø, Norway
INC Invest AS and Sogn og Fjordane Energi AS have founded the company HyFuel aiming for establishing of a hydrogen production plant in Fjord Base in Florø. The building of the plant at Fjord Base is planned to commence during 2021. The company will supply hydrogen and Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) to the maritime industry in Norway and internationally.
HyFuel will develop, own and operate the plant for the production of hydrogen and LOHC, as well as the delivery and utilisation of the by-products oxygen and heat. Gasnor is invited to be an equal co-owner of the company.
Green hydrogen facility in North Sea Port
VOLTH2 will build a green hydrogen plant with storage, refuelling and distribution facilities in North Sea Port in Vlissingen, Netherlands. The company envisages the construction of a 25 MW electrolysis unit with production capacity of 3600 tonnes of green hydrogen annually.
Local filling stations can also be supplied by the integrated hydrogen storage. The facility can in the long term be expanded up to 100 MW with a potential of 14 000 tonnes green hydrogen annually.
Largest PEM electrolyser in the United States
Cummins Inc., global technology and power solution provider, will provide its five megawatt PEM electrolyser to enable renewable hydrogen for the Douglas County Public Utility District in Washington state. The electrolyser is expected to be operational in 2021 at the Baker Flats Industrial Park. The electrolyser will be powered by hydroelectricity producing green hydrogen with no emissions.
The new green hydrogen facility allows Douglas County PUD to manufacture commercial hydrogen using electrolysis to harvest hydrogen from water from Wells Dam on Columbia River. They want to store the excess energy that they would typically sell off to the market at a financial loss, or not harness at all. The hydrogen also creates new market opportunities outside their typical service area.
Dual delivery of hydrogen and electricity from offshore parks
Nexans and Sintef want to make a submarine cable with dual delivery of hydrogen and electricity. The project goes under the name Hydro-El, and the companies wants to make a dynamic system that can transport both hydrogen and electricity. They want to make a movable umbilical (a control cable). There is no offshore infrastructure for hydrogen transport today. Usually hydrogen is transported by pipes onshore or by ship.
There are several challenges transporting hydrogen: both hydrogen embrittlement and ocean motions has to be considered in the design of the cable. An umbilical is built of several smaller individual elements that are twisted together to make it more flexible. Submarine cables are one of six attractive business areas in Norway, according to the newly presented NHO’s report from last weeks news.
Hydrogen can cut millions of tons of CO2
ZERO present three points that has to be implemented to realise hydrogen projects: Tools for new value chains in the industry, a market for zero emissions materials, and a strategic commitment in the Norwegian climate policy.
The worlds first pilot project for zero emission steel production opened last week, and many important hydrogen projects is planned in Norway as well. The risk of such projects are reduced through financial support, development of value chains, access to risk capital and greener export financing. ZERO is challenging the Norwegian government and policy makers to exploit the opportunity to make a business of the Norwegian climate policy, emphasising hydrogen as an obvious opportunity.
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