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 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.
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
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
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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