Week 44: Green hydrogen and its applications

liquid green hydrogen vessel

In this weeks news update you can read about EU finding for a hydrogen demonstration vessel, millions in investments for green hydrogen project in Spain and a MOU between partners to explore using hydrogen to power a data centre park in Singapore. You can also read about green ammonia production and construction start of a fuelling station for trains.

 

 

EU funding for hySHIP

The maritime innovation project HySHIP has been granted eight million euros in EU funding. The project involves designing and construction a demonstration vessel running on liquid green hydrogen. Read the press release here.

liquid green hydrogen vessel

Source: Wilhelmsen


 

2050: 23 percent of electricity used to produce hydrogen

Statnett forecasts that 23 percent of the electricity in Europe will be used to produce hydrogen in 2050. Read the full article here


 

Iberdrola and Feriberia with €1,8 billion investment

The two companies Iberdrola and Feriberia have announced a new partnership and propose a plan for installation of 800 MW of green hydrogen production capacity in Spain by 2027. However, they are seeking funding from the European Recovery Fund before they go ahead with the project. Read the full article here.


 

MOU for hydrogen powered data centre park

Keppel Data Centres Holding Pte, City Gas and City-OG Gas Energy Services has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore using liquified natural gas and hydrogen to power Keppel’s Floating Data Centre Park in Singapore. The project is in the exploration phase, and you can read the full article here.

Hydrogen data centre Source: Keppel Data Centres

Source: Keppel Data Centres


 

From fossil to renewable hydrogen in ammonia production

Ørsted and Yara partner up to replace fossil hydrogen with renewable hydrogen in the Netherlands in the production of ammonia. The project could be operational in 2024/2025. Read the article here.

Yara green hydrogen ammonia

Yara’s Sluiskil plant where they want to replace fossil hydrogen with green hydrogen. Source: Yara


 

First hydrogen station for trains under construction in Germany

The 500 million euro project will fuel the world’s largest fleet of hydrogen trains, according to German public transport operator Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund. Read the article here. 

alstom hydrogen train

The station will fuel 27 of Alstom’s hydrogen-powered Coradia iLint’s. Source: Alstom.

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energy city investment hydsrogen

Week 43: New investments in hydrogen projects

This week you can read about a hydrogen city, a project in Netherland linking hydrogen to solar power and new exciting investments in hydrogen projects.

 

World’s greenest city in Australia

Greater Springfield has plans to be the world’s greenest city. Within 2038 it is planned that 100% of Greater Springfield’s power will be delivered through renewable sources. To reach 100% renewable Greater Springfield will embrace Hydrogen as part of its Energy Solution. A key element of this solution is likely to be the use of hydrogen as an energy storage medium, hydrogen bus network and hydrogen refueling.


Former Shipping company investing in hydrogen

19th of October, Saga Tankers announced new investment strategy within renewable energy. Following the renewable strategy, the company change its name to Saga Pure and will divest non-core assets. Bjørn Simonsen, a former leader position in NEL, has been appointed as Chief Exclusive Officer (CEO). Wednesday Saga Pure announced an investment in Everfuel A/S, an integrated green hydrogen fuel company positioned to capitalize on the EUR multi-billion hydrogen heavy-duty fuel market. The market is now opening in Europe.


 

Hydrogen production linked to solar plant

Together with Netherland’s biggest energy network company Alliander, the German renewable developer BayWa r.e and its Dutch subsidiary GroenLeven will study how hydrogen production linked to an adjacent 50MW solar plant could reduce grid congestion. The pilot project is expected to be operational by late 2021

hydrogen solar plant
Photo: Zbynek Burival

 

One step closer to hydrogen trains in Italy

As mentioned earlier, Italy is next in line implementing hydrogen to rail transport. Wednesday, FS Italiane and Snam signed a momentum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on a study which will evaluate the technical and economic feasibility of hydrogen rail transport. The study will consider new business models relating to the development of hydrogen rail transport in Italy.


 

Green Hysland founded by EU

The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) of the European Commission has selected the project Green Hysland in the Balearic Islands to start negotiations for an EU grant agreement valued at 10 million EUR. Green Hysland will generate, distribute and use at least 300 tons of renewable hydrogen locally per year, produced from solar energy on the island of Mallorca. The project will be the first Southern European Flagship project and it will create a green hydrogen ecosystem in the Balearic Islands. The project is a part of the Spanish «Hydrogen Roadmap«.

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Week 42: Hydrogen projects

Hydrogen production project

It is finally Friday and we present the highlights from the past week. The EU Horizon 2020 project Haelous will demonstrate hydrogen production in Berlevåg, Norway, while Enapter plans to build a mass-production facility for its AEMs. You can also read about a solar and hydrogen energy solution for a preschool in Sweden and a Power-to-X project in the Netherlands. 

Future plans for hydrogen production in Berlevåg

Haelous, an EU Horizon 2020 project, will demonstrate hydrogen production form windpower in Berlevåg.  The wind park at Raggovidda has a concession for 200 MW, where only 45 MW have been built because of the export limitations. 2nd October Haelous partner Varanger Kraft informed that they plan to produce one ton hydrogen/day by electrolysis in the demonstration period. The wind park’s owner, Varanger Kraft, released on Wednesday their long-term plan for the exploitation of the hydrogen that will be produced in Berlevåg.

 The ammonia production plant will have a capacity of 110 000 tons a year, and could be ready by 2025. This would imply a hydrogen production capacity of about 50 tons a day, or 50 times the Haeolus project and about 125 MW of electrolysers. The main application is to supply ammonia to Svalbard as compensation for coal power. The demand at Svalbard alone is too low for cost-efficient ammonia production. ZEEDS is looking into the possibility of using the ammonia produced at Berlevåg as green fuel for ships.  


 

Mass-production facility for AEMs in Germany

Enapter, a company that designs and manufacture highly efficient hydrogen generators, has this week revealed plans to build its first mass-production facility for AEMs (Anion exchange membrane) in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The «Enapter Campus» will include both production centre and research and development facilities. The new production site will be capable of production of more than 100 000 AEM electrolyser modules per year.

The construction is planned to begin in early 2021, and the Campus is expected to be operational in 2022. The Enapter Campus will be using renewable energy provided by Saebeck’s solar, wind and biomass plants, and from the Campus’ own solar arrays and hydrogen storage systems.

The AEM technology is patent-protected by Enapter. The AEM electrolyser use a semipermeable membrane to allow anions to pass, in contrary to a PEM electrolyser that let protons pass the membrane. This results flexbility, fast response time high current density and high purity hydrogen. This type of electrolyser does not require expensive noble metal catalysts materials or large amount if titanium. The electrolysers has a hydrogen production rate at 1,1 kg/hour, resulting in a capacity of about 26 kg/day.

Enapter electrolyser AEM hydrogen production

Enapter’s electrolyser has a capacity of 1kg per hour. Source: Enapter


 

Preschool with a solar and hydrogen energy solution

Construction company Serneke is, in collaboration with Mariestad municipality, building a preschool with a solar and hydrogen solution. The total costs of the project is SEK 65 million, and the preschool will be the first of its kind in Sweden. Construction will start this month in Mariestad, and the preschool will be built on the same property as the old Kronoparksskolan was located. The project is expected to be completed by January 2022.

Nilsson Energy is the supplier for the energy solution where solar cells will be installed at the roof. Hydrogen will be produced by surplus electricity, and the production and storage will take place outside the school building. Hydrogen gas will be converted to electrical and thermal energy during the dark periods of the year. 

preschool hydrogen energy solution

Illustration of the preschool with a solar and hydrogen energy solution . Source: Serneke


 

Power-to-X pilot project in the Netherlands

The Dutch energy company Alliander has contracted Green Hydrogen Systems (GHS) to supply electrolysers for for their large-scale Power-to-X pilot project in the Netherlands. The pilot is under construction at the Ecomunitypark in Oosterwolde. The contract covers the supply of three alkaline electrolysers with a combined capacity of 1,4 MW.

Solar-farm developer GroenLeven is also involved in this project. The electrolysers will be used to convert excess solar or wind energy into hydrogen, and the hydrogen will be stored and sold for use in transportation, industry, heating and other areas.


 

Hydrogen podcasts

Listening to podcasts is a good way to learn something new or to get an update on something you are interested in. We want to introduce you to three podcasts that has  energy and hydrogen on the agenda:

Greenpod (Norwegian)

Greenstats’s brand new Greenpod. New episodes are just around the corner. You can find the podcast here.

AksjeSladder (Norwegian)

The episode is about hydrogen and the development of hydrogen in the maritime sector, transport sector and the industry. Listen here

H2Podcast: Everything About Hydrogen (English)

Everything About Hydrogen is a podcast that converts the technical to the relatable and explores how hydrogen and its derivative technologies may change the energy world as we know it. Listen here.


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Week 41: New hydrogen collaboratives

In this weeks’ newsletter, you can read about new collaboratives producing renewable hydrogen from wind power,  hydrogen-powered cargo ships, a hydrogen bus milestone and even more hydrogen airplanes.

Norwegian news

Norwegian government budget added 100 million for hydrogen consideration

On Wednesday, the revised government budget was published. The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy suggest adding 100 million to the hydrogen budget to increase the development and establishment of hydrogen infrastructure. The ambitions regarding the increasing of the hydrogen budget are:

  • Increase the number of pilot projects related to hydrogen and hydrogen-based solutions

  • Facilitate and establish a Norwegian hydrogen value chain

  • Facilitate using hydrogen in new areas

  • Reduce production costs and secure additional hydrogen technology development.

Olje- og energiminister Tina Bru (H) og klima- og miljøminister Sveinung Rotevatn (V). FOTO: Vidar Ruud, NTB scanpix

First emission-free cargo vessel

July 3th 2020, HeidelbergCement and Felleskjøpet Agri released a “request of interest” building and operating the world first emission free cargo ship. This week, it was reviled 31 shipping companies have showed their interest.

HeidelbergCement and Felleskjøpet established a potential transport route in both interests. The ship will cargo grain from Oslo to Rogaland and stone on the return. The winning concept is gaining a 20 years contract, which will lower the risk of developing a pilot project like this.

Most of the concepts participating in the competition are hydrogen or ammonia driven, mainly because hydrogen and ammonia are better solutions for a sailing distance of 500nm with one single bunkering. Hydrogen and hydrogen as input in ammonia has to be produced emission-free too meet the requirements. The winner will be announced early in 2021 and the ship is planned to set sail in 2023
 

Route Green Shipping Programme (HeidelbergCement)

International news

Renewable hydrogen for Yara in Netherland

Danish Ørsted, the world’s leading offshore wind developer, and Yara, the world’s leading fertilizer company, have joined forces in developing a pioneer project aiming at replacing fossil hydrogen with renewable hydrogen in Netherland. 

The collaboration will develop a 100MWwind powered electrolyser plant in Netherland. Yara needs renewable hydrogen to reduce emission in fertilizer production. Ørsted will supply the electrolysis with power from the new offshore windfarm “Borssele 1&2” close to the Yara’s production site. The renewable hydrogen will generate 75,000 tons of green ammonia per year, abating more than 100,000 tons of CO2 per year. The project could be operational in 2024/2025

Ørsted's Borssele 1&2 offshore wind farm

Milestone for JIVE

JIVE, Joint Initiative for Hydrogen Vehicles across Europe, is a project which seeks to deploy new zero-emission fuel cell buses and associated refueling infrastructure across European cities. More than 200 hydrogen fuel cell buses have now been ordered through the initiative for hydrogen vehicles through the two projects JIVE and JIVE 2.

The CEO of the FCH JU, Bart Biebuyck, who co-finances the JIVE projects, said “In 2012 that the FCH JU released a study on the path for commercialization of fuel cell buses, forecasting that 300 to 400 ordered buses by 2020 would be the key threshold to trigger the market.”  – That more than 200 fuel cell busses are ordered, is in this case, an important milestone for emission-free public transport.


 

Infrastructure hydrogen planes

As written in the past week’s newsletter, hydrogen is shown to be a good candidate for zero-emission alternative for planes. This week, another hydrogen concept for airplanes was announced. Universal Hydrogen  in cooperation with electrical motor producer Magnix will convert the passenger plane De Havilland Canada’s DCH-8-Q300 to hydrogen. In perspective, all of Widerø’s airplanes except three, are DCH-8 series. The new airplane will be a 50-passenger plane with a range of 740km – or 1020km with Liquid hydrogen. Universal Hydrogen has also made a distribution and transport module which will make the new hydrogen infrastructure easier to implement.

Oil and gas companies invest in green hydrogen

A global survey of 300 energy and utility companies revels that 63% of oil and gas companies are investing in green renewable produced hydrogen, compared to 55% of the utility companies. The survey is a part of the study “Powering sustainability: Why energy and utility companies need to act now and help save the planet”.

The study defines oil and gas companies as companies operating throughout the value chain in the oil industry, which includes exploration, refining, pipes, production, marketing sales and service. The utility companies include electricity providers, waste management and environmental service companies.

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Siemens hydrogen production Wundsiedel Energy Park

Week 40: Hydrogen production and applications

Siemens hydrogen production Wundsiedel Energy Park

In this weeks newsletter, we have bad news for the hydrogen environment in Vestland, Norway: The politicians have decided that it will be no zero-emission requirements for the high-speed passenger ferries by 2024, as previously decided. We can also read about hydrogen production plants, hydrogen-powered cabins at construction sites and hydrogen trains. Lastly, ZeroAvia has reported a world’s first flight with a hydrogen-powered commercial plane.

 

No zero-emission requirement for high-speed passenger ferries

The politicians of the County municipality of Vestland decided in December 2019 that the four high-speed passenger ferries between Bergen and Indre Sogn, and Bergen and Nordfjord should be emission-free by 2024. This week the same politicians decided not to apply a zero-emission requirement from 2024 after all, but instead the tender with the best combination between cost and emissions will win. This will most likely result in hybrid diesel/battery systems to be the winners, thus halting the developement of hydrogen systems. Ship designer LMG Marin is not happy about the announcement, and says the decision will decelerate the ongoing development on zero-emission vessels. They are part of a consortium that have been developing a zero-emission hydrogen soulution for these connections, called Zeff, and estimate that they so far have spent 21 million NOK on the consept, that now might be a waste.   

Both politicians and industry have previously thought that hydrogen was a suited solution for these routes and that this could contribute to the technology development in Norway. Instead, the politicians want to announce a pilot contract for one zero-emission vessel, that will be tested outside ordinary operation.


 

Large scale hydrogen production plant in Germany

Siemens has revealed plans to build one of the largest hydrogen production plants in Germany. The plant will be located in the Wundsiedel Energy Park in the north of Bavaria, with an initial capacity to produce more than 900 tonnes of hydrogen per year in the first phase.

Groundbreaking is scheduled for the end of 2020 and commissioning at the end of 2021. The plant will run on renewable energy and produce green hydrogen by PEM electrolysis. The hydrogen will be filled into gas cylinders for local distribution and shipped by truck to local and regional end customers. The plant will also provide flexibility for the grid. A public hydrogen filling station for trucks and buses  may be added later at the same location.

Siemens hydrogen production Wundsiedel Energy Park

Wundsiedel Energy Park. Source: Siemens


 

Green hydrogen production plant in France

Lyhfe Hydrogen has begun the construction of a renewable hydrogen production plant in Bouin, France. The production is estimated to start in May 2021, producing green hydrogen from the Bouin wind turbines by electrolysis. The investment of the project is 6 million euros,  and the plant has a production capacity of 300 kilograms per day, with plans to double and triple the capacity in the nearest future. This gives a yearly capacity of 110 tonnes, and the production plant will be a small plant compared to the 900 tonnes a day plant in Germany.


 

Hydrogen-powered cabins to cut emissions at construction sites

UK-based HS2 has trialled solar and hydrogen-powered welfare cabins at some of their construction sites to cut carbon emissions. The EasyCabin EcoSmart ZERO product may be the first solar and hydrogen-powered welfare unit of its kind.

Solar energy and hydrogen is combined to reduce emissions. Data were gathered from 16 deployed cabins over a 21-week period. The hydrogen technology replaces traditional diesel power systems, resulting in savings of 112 tonnes of carbon during the period.


 

Hydrogen trains in Britain and the Netherlands

A hydrogen-powered train has travelled on Britain’s rail network for the first time. The prototype Hydroflex travelled a 25-mile round trip, reaching speeds up to 50 mph. The aim is to carry paying passengers by end of 2021.

In March, Alstom completed tests for their Corodia iLint hydrogen train in the Netherlands. The report was released this week, and states that Alstom’s train has met the four objectives of the test frame: authorisation to run on the Dutch railway network, fully zero emission,  perfectly fitting the commercial service, and quick and easy refuelling.


 

World’s first hydrogen-powered commercial aircraft takes to skies

Hydrogen-powered aircrafts were on the agenda last week. Just hours after we published our news update, ZeroAvia could report that their hydrogen-powered six-seater Piper M-class plane had completed a successful 20 minutes flight above Bedfordshire. ZeroAvia aims to make hydrogen planes available commercially in three years.


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