Week 38: Hydrogen in politics and in Texas

Moen Marin

Friday and time for hydrogen news. A lot has happened in Norway the last week and we have divided this newsletter into Norwegian news and international news. In today’s letter, you will get an update on Vestfjorden, Pilot-E 2020, FCHO, hydrogen projects in Texas and hydrogen train in Vienna.

Norwegian hydrogen news

Update on Vestfjorden

Last week, the big discussion in Norway was whether the tender on the Vestfjorden ferry connection, between Bodø and Lofoten, should be based on hydrogen or biogas. A lot has happened since last week’s newsletter and here is a summary:

Finn Nordmo, CEO of Glomfjord Hydrogen, Jon Andre Løkke, board member of Glomfjord Hydrogen and Christian Tomsen, Managing Director of Air Liquide Nordic Countries, published a good article expressing their opinions on the topic. They expressed that ferries on Vestfjorden would be the perfect project to catalyze a hydrogen industry in Norway. The partnership Glomfjord Hydrogen and Air Liquide is a strong candidate to provide liquid hydrogen to the new ferries.

Greensight has talked to CEO of Glomfjord Hydrogen, Finn Nordmo, and he expressed that “If the new tender for the Vestfjorden ferries becomes hydrogen-based, Glomfjord Hydrogen could also provide easy access to hydrogen, both liquid and compressed, for the other hydrogen projects in the Bodø region.“

These are some of the projects in the region Nordmo refers to:

  • Port of Bodø for bunkering ferries and high-speed passenger ferries
  • Test of hydrogen planes at Bodø Airport
  • Emission free construction sites for the New City – New Airport project
  • Hydrogen fueling stations providing hydrogen to fuel cell vehicles in Bodø
  • Hydrogen in aquaculture
  • Test of hydrogen trains on the northernmost part of Nordlandsbanen (Saltenpendelen)

If the ferry tender instead becomes biogas-based, the establishing of hydrogen production in Glomfjord is much more unsure, and all the other hydrogen projects might also lose their access.

Last week ended with new hope for Glomfjord Hydrogen when Prime Minister Erna Solberg presented her political party’s (Høyre) next year’s party program. She made it clear that Høyre is aiming for hydrogen and wanted to facilitate hydrogen in transport and industry.

ferge hydrogen vestfjorden
Todays ferry in Vestfjorden. Source: Torghatten Nord

Pilot-E

Wednesday was the deadline for applicants for financial support from the Norwegian Pilot-E 2020 announcement. Pilot-E 2020 announce financial support projects towards maritime zero-emission transport and climate-neutral industry. One of the consortiums applying wants to develop a boat powered by renewable hydrogen for use in Midnorsk fish farm.

 The consortium includes Moen marine, Moen verft, H2 Marine, NTE and Sintef. To save costs for fish farm owners, the concept utilizes oxygen from the electrolysis, as oxygen is needed in young fish aquacultures. The synergy between hydrogen- and oxygen production will reduce the cost of hydrogen, according to the companies.


International Hydrogen News

Platform for up-to-date information about the hydrogen and fuel cells sector

For those who are interested in data regarding the hydrogen market will find it interesting that on Tuesday 15.sep The Fuel Cell Hydrogen observatory (FCHO) was launched. FCH Observatory is designed to be the go-to source of data and up to date information about the entire hydrogen sector. It focuses on technology and market statistics, socio-economic indicators, policy and regulation, as well as financial support. The tool represents the data in a user-friendly format. The observatory is funded by the “The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking” (FCH JU) and is created for the use of policy makers, industry stakeholders and the general public equally.

 

Large hydrogen project in Texas

A large hydrogen U.S. Department of Energy project, demonstration and framework for H2@scale in Texas and Beyond, was launched this week. The project is led by Frontier Energy in close collaboration with GTI and the University of Texas at Austin.

The project is about conducting two related projects. The two projects are:

  • Hydrogen production with electrolysis from wind and solar power, but also form natural gas reforming form a Texas landfill. The hydrogen will provide power to Texas Advanced Computing center and a hydrogen fueling station to fuel a fleet of the fuel cell car Toyota Mirai
  • A feasibility study for scaling up hydrogen production and use. The study will examine relevant information so that the industry can develop a strategic action plan to present for policy makers to enable heavy-duty fuel cell transportation and anergy systems.

 

Hydrogen test train in Vienna

Austria became the third country testing hydrogen last Friday. The test train is a passenger train located in Vienna and will be testing hydrogen from September to November. Germany and UK were the first two countries testing hydrogen trains and the successful result is the background for testing hydrogen in Austria. Germany has so far driven 180 000 km with hydrogen trains and is planning to change 14 of today’s diesel trains to hydrogen. Italy is next in line testing hydrogen trains. They are planning to start testing in 2021.

Do you want to be updated on the development in the hydrogen market? Sign up for our news letter here. Contact us for an overview of existing and planned projects in Norway and the world: greensight@greensight.no

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