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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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Week 39: Hydrogen-powered aircrafts and MW electrolysers

AirbusZeroe blending wing body hydrogen-powered

Several companies have unveiled plans within hydrogen-powered aircraft this week. Green hydrogen is also presented as one of five priority technologies in Australia. We can also read about hydrogen filling solutions for trains and hydrogen production in Taiwan and Nottinghamshire.

 

Hydrogen-powered passenger jet

European aerospace giant Airbus has unveiled a concept called ZEROe for three possible aircraft types that run on a combination of hydrogen combustion and hydrogen-powered fuel cells. The goal is to have at least one zero-emission commercial airplane on the market by 2035. A fully scale prototype is estimated to arrive by late 2020. According to its plan, Airbus needs to launch the ZEROe aircraft programme by 2025.

The ZEROe concepts are named Turbofan, Turboprop and Blended-Wing-Body. They will be powered by modified gas-turbine engines that burn liquid hydrogen as fuel, while they at the same time will use hydrogen fuel cells to create electrical power that complements the gas turbine. Each of the different concepts have a slightly different approach to integrate the liquid hydrogen storage and distribution system.

Air travel is responsible for two percent of the worldwide carbon emissions, but aviation is a sector that is challenging to decarbonise. Batteries for larger electronic planes would be too heavy, and hydrogen can be a better solution. Airbus estimates that hydrogen has the potensial to reduce CO2 emission in aviation by up to 50 percent.


 

Partnership on hydrogen-powered aviation

Power Plug and Universal Hydrogen are partnering up to develop a hydrogen fuel cell-based propulsion system designed to power commercial regional aircraft. The partnership aims to certify and fly the world’s first two megawatt hydrogen-electric aircraft powertrain.

The technology will enable a converted mid-sized regional turboprop aircraft to fly up to 1000km. The propulsion system will include a lightweight Plug Power ProGen-based hydrogen fuel cell stack and Universal Hydrogen’s modular hydorgen distrobution and fuell cell delivery system. The partnership is the first step toward establishing a complete ecosystem for the aviation market.


 

Australia: Green hydrogen one of five priority technologies

Morrison Government’s first Low Emissions Technology Statement was presented this week and green hydrogen was presented as one of five priority technologies. The statement is the first milestone in Australia’s Technology Investment Roadmap, a framework to accelerate technologies that will deliver lower emissions, lower cost and create jobs.

Hydrogen produced under two australian dollars per kilogram is named as a priority technology stretch goal. The Australian Government expects to invest more than 18 billion dollars on low emission technologies over the decade by 2030. Read the full statement here.

 


 

 Filling stations for passenger trains

Hydrogen trains were one of the topics in last week’s news update. This week, Fuel Cell Systems, Vanguard Sustainable Transport Solutions and TP Group have joined forces to deliver hydrogen fuelling solutions to the rail industry. The initial focus will be to deploy a portable, modular refuelling solution.

The UK-based companies will explore opportunities for on-site hydrogen generation, storage, dispensing and fuel cell integration into rail rolling stock. Hydrogen infrastructure will be critical to decarbonise the energy sector.


 

25 MW of electrolysers to Taiwan

John Cockerill, a major player in the production of hydrogen by electrolyser of water, will supply 25 MW of electrolysers for the Taiwanese market. The company reinforces its position among the world leaders of green hydrogen.

The order includes five stacks of five megawatts, for a total capacity of 25 megawatt. The electrolysers will be installed in Taiwan and will serve the semi-conductor’s industry. Hydrogen will be produced at a pace of 5000 Nm3/hour. The electrolysers will be partly fed from renewable energy, preventing an estimated 20 000 tonns of carbon dioxide annual emission.


 

Green light for Nottinghamshire’s hydrogen energy project

C. A. Strawson Farming has secured planning permission for an electrolyser in Nottinghamshire. An 1,25 MW electrolyser will be located at Featherstone House Farm in Bilsthorpe as a part of the project. The electrolyser will use solar and wind energy produced at the farm, and turn water into green hydrogen. The fuel can be used off-site or by the landowner to power hydrogen farm vehicles.


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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.

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Week 37: Hydrogen and maritime sector

hydrogen maritime sector transport

Hydrogen in the maritime sector is on the agenda this week. The Norwegian Public Roads Administration recommends hydrogen for the ferries on the Vestfjorden-connection, but the Government has not made a decision yet. We can also read about overwhelming interest by shipping companies for a hydrogen bulkcarrier for Norwegian companies, while Ballard introduces a maritime FC-module to power ships. Lastly we’ll have a look at million dollars funding in California and a wind project in Denmark. 

 

Hydrogen or biogas in Vestfjorden?

Statens Vegvesen (The Norwegian Public Roads Administration) is ready to present a tender on four new hydrogen ferries on the Vestfjorden-connection (connecting the city of Bodø with the famous Lofoten Islands) from 2023. However, the Norwegian Government wants to examine the use of biogas as well before they make any decisions. The Ministry of Transport has not concluded yet, but a conclusion is expected during September. The importance of hydrogen is emphasised in the newly presented Norwegian Hydrogen Strategy, and it has been questioned that the Government does not follow their own strategy and goes all in on biogas on the connection.

This is an important decission for the hydrogen future in Norway. Use of hydrogen can give advantages in the hydrogen market, especially in the maritime sector, and the Vestfjorden-connection can be the second connection with hydrogen ferries in Norway. Todays’ contract on the connection expires in the end of 2022.

ferge hydrogen vestfjorden

MF Landegode, one of the four LNG-ferries operating the rough Vestfjorden-connection today. Source: Torghatten Nord


Hydrogen ferries in Vestfjorden – comments by Zero

Hydrogen ferries in Vestfjorden should be the start of the Norwegian hydrogen investment, and it will be an important step to ensure a hydrogen value chain in Norway. The organisation Zero says that a hydrogen powered connection over Vestfjorden will ensure a large enough volume of hydrogen to get the first large-scale hydrogen production in operation.

The hydrogen ferries will be the first of many projects within hydrogen in maritime and transport sector. The demand on zero-emission in the ferry tenders has put the Norwegian maritime cluster in a world leading position within green technology. Zero supports The Norwegian Public Roads Administration’s recommendation with hydrogen in Vestfjorden, and the Government should do the same. 


 

Overwhelming interest for hydrogen bulkcarrier

Felleskjøpet Agri and Heidelberg Cement challenges shipping companies to new thinking  and  zero-emission bulkcarriersIn practice, shipowners have to go for liquid hydrogen or ammonia produced with zero emissions, and the response has been overwhelming, according to the companies. 

The use of  biofuel in 50 years old diesel engine technologies is not innovative enough for the companies, according to the Chartering Manager of Heidelberg Cement North Europe. Felleskjøpet Agri and Heidelberg Cement announced in July that they will offer a 20 years contract to the shipping company that can offer them a zero emission bulkcarrier by 2023. They will choose the best suited shipping company by December, for further development of detailed solutions in spring 2021.

Heidelberg Cement is transporting 500 000 tons of stones and gravels from Western to Eastern Norway, while Felleskjøpet Agri transports grains the opposite direction. The ship is calculated to use one ton of hydrogen each day, with possible bunkering opportunities in Rogaland County or in the Oslo Fjord.


 

Ballard introduces zero-emission FC-module to power ships

This week Ballard Power Systems announced the launch of the fuel cell industry´s first module designed for primary propulsion power in marine vessels. The fuell cell product FCwave is a 200 kW module unit that can be scaled up to muli-megawatt power level.

The FCwave can be used to power marine vessels such as passenger and car ferries, river push boats and fishing boats. It can also be used as stationary electrical power to support hotel and auxiliary load on cruise ships and other vessels while docked at port. The International Maritime Organization has set  targets to lower emissions by 50 percent by 2050 in the marine sector. This product could be a game changer for the introduction of hydrogen to the maritime area.

Hydrogen maritime sector fuelcell

Source: Ballard


 

California approves 39,1 million dollars for hydrogen stations

California Energy Commission regulators have approved 39,1 million dollars of funding for a total of 36 hydrogen stations to service passenger vehicles. The funds were awarded to FirstElement, Iwanti and Shell. Another 87 stations were also recommended for funding, meaning California could have 123 new hydrogen stations. The state has currently 42 hydrogen stations opened. 


 

Wind-to-Hydrogen project  one step closer to production

Siemens Gamesa is partnering up with Green Hydrogen Systems (GHS) for a wind-to-hydrogen project in Denmark. The production of hydrogen is scheduled to start in January 2021 and the project involves a three megawatt Siemens wind turbine that will power a GHS elecrolyser.

The green hydrogen will be stored and used for subsequent distribution and used as fuel for hydrogen-powered buses, taxis and cars, while the oxygen will be released into the atmosphere.


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Green hydrogen production facility

Week 36: Hydrogen Production and Infrastructure

Green hydrogen production facility

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.

green hydrogen production

Source: VOLTH2


 

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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hydrogen stålproduksjon

Uke 35: Stålproduksjon, transport og hydrogenalliansen

hydrogen stålproduksjon

Det er fredag og tid for en nyhetsoppdatering. IEEFA har denne uken publisert en rapport der det kommer frem at den globale hydrogenproduksjonen vil være mye mindre enn etterspørselen i 2030. Vi kan lese om hydrogenbasert stålproduksjon i både Tyskland og Sverige, i tillegg til at det presenteres 35 hybrid-busser og to fyllestasjoner i Tyskland. Til slutt kan vi lese om nye medlemmer til den nyetablerte hydrogenalliansen til EU.

 

IEEFA: Ikke stor nok hydrogenproduksjon i 2030

IEEFA, instituttet for energiøkonomiske og finansielle analyser, estimerer at over 50 gjennomførbare hydrogenprosjekter har blitt presentert det siste året. Basert på analysen av de 50 prosjektene, estimeres det at den globale hydrogenproduksjonen vil være på tre millioner tonn hydrogen årlig innen 2030. Imidlertid vil etterspørselen kreve ytterligere 8,7 millioner tonn hydrogen. IEEFA tror i tillegg det vil bli nødvendig å utsette flere prosjekter på grunn av usikker finansiering, fellesforetak med tungvint organisering og høye kostnader for hydrogentransport til havs.

Det vil være nødvendig med økt støtte oppunder hydrogenprosjekter for at hydrogen kan være et nøkkelelement i energiovergangen. Hydrogen regnes som avgjørende for å dekarbonisere sektorer innen tungindustri og tungtransport. Du kan lese den fulle rapporten her.


 

Hydrogenbasert stålproduksjon i Tyskland

De tyske selskapene Dillinger og Saarstahl steel group har startet Europas første hydrogenbaserte stålproduksjon. Selskapet bruker hydrogenrik coke-gass som et viktig steg på veien mot en grønn stålproduksjon, der karbonutslippene kan reduseres ved å erstatte karbon med hydrogen i masovnen. Det har blitt investert 14 millioner euro i coke-ovnen. Det ligger nå til rette for at man i fremtiden kan erstatte coke-gassen med grønt hydrogen. 

stålproduksjon hydrogen

Kilde: Dillinger


Stålproduksjon i Sverige

Det er ikke bare i Tyskland det satses på stål. Mandag 31.august starter driften av verdens første fossilfrie og hydrogendrevne stålproduksjonen i Sverige. Gjennom prosjektet HYBRIT skal CO2-utslippet reduseres i stålindustrien ved å erstatte kull med hydrogen i produksjonsprosessen.

I første omgang er det snakk om et pilotanlegg. SSAB, LKAB og Vattenfall står bak prosjektet og vil har en målsetting om en løsning for fossilfri stålproduksjon innen 2035. 

Hydrogenbusser og infrastruktur i Tyskland

Regionalverkehr Köln GmbH (RVK), representanter fra BMVI, europakommisjonen og Rehein-Sieg-Kreis presenterte denne uken 35 hybrid hydrogenbusser og  to fyllestasjoner som skal utplasseres i Rhein-Sieg-området.

Den ene hydrogenstasjonen vil befinne seg i Meckenheim og ti av de 35 hybridbussene vil benytte seg av denne fyllestasjonen. Den andre fyllestasjonen vil være lokalisert i Wermelskirchen. De resterende bussene vil brukes på RVKs lokasjoner i Wermelskirchen og Bergisch Gladbank.


 

Nye medlemmer av European Clean Hydrogen Alliance

Denne uken kan vi lese om at flere nye selskaper har blitt en del av den europeiske hydrogenalliansen. Linde, E.ON og Verbund er de nyeste medlemmene, og de ønsker å bringe sin ekspertise inn i alliansen. European Clean Hydrogen Alliance er en bred allianse som skal sikre hjemlig produksjon av ren gass for å få omstilt Europa til et nullutslippsamfunn innen 2050.

Hydrogenallianse

Kilde: Europakommisjonen


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