The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bmbf) will approve funding for three key hydrogen projects as part of the implementation of the National Hydrogen Strategy. The aim is to facilitate Germany’s transition to a hydrogen economy in the next four years. The three projects are the serial manufacture of large-scale water electrolysers (H2Giga), the offshore production of hydrogen and secondary products (H2Mare) and technologies for the transportation of hydrogen (TransHyDE). Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) is one of the 240 partners working together on the key hydrogen projects. It is involved in the TransHyDE project and can now draw on an additional € 2.3 million to test new transportation technologies for Green Hydrogen.
In Europe, Everfuel partnered with Asko to develop hydrogen infrastructure for heavy-duty long-haul trucking in Norway. The partnership selected the Oslo-Trondheim corridor to trial roll out full-scale hydrogen infrastructure, which includes hydrogen fueling stations and other developments. The partnership will also work on hydrogen production to satisfy hydrogen needs for the corridor. Both companies will join hands for public grants to finance the infrastructure, including Enova.
Furthermore, Everfuel agreed to buy a hydrogen fueling station from Nel Asa. The station will be installed in Aarhus, Denmark, in 2022. The station will be used as a prototype for a portable station solution and will refuel light commercial vehicles such as cars and vans and refuel heavy-duty vehicles for demo purposes.
Nel also partnered with SFC Energy AG to develop the world’s first integrated electrolyser and hydrogen fuel cell system, which will be used for decentralised energy generation and storage. Nel electrolysers will produce green hydrogen using solar and wind energy to be stored in a tank. The hydrogen fuel cell of SFC Energy will then use the stored hydrogen to produce electrical energy when needed. This model facilitates a potential offering that can replace the high CO2 emission diesel generators. At first, the partnership will address applications with a power range of up to 50kW, with an operational time of around 2-10 hours and will be used in critical power applications. The companies will then work on the power range of 500 kW for telecom, data centre and auxiliary power unit (APU) markets. The first product is expected to come online in the second half of 2022.
In France, Gaussin will support Plug Power with 20 hydrogen-powered yard trucks (ATM-H2). Under the agreement, these trucks will be deployed to Plug Power’s existing customers in North America. The delivery will start from November 2021. Plug Power will use its existing hydrogen refuelling stations and service network for the trucks. This partnership is built upon their previous collaboration back in November 2020 to develop hydrogen-powered vehicles.
Denmark’s Green Hydrogen Systems to supply two GHS HyProvide™ A90 electrolysers to Octopus Hydrogen which would be used in the UK. The electrolysers are expected to be supplied in Q2 2022. The combined capacity of the electrolysers is calculated to be around 0.9 MW and will be installed in a 40 ft container as a complete green hydrogen plant. The plant is expected to produce about 389 kg/day of green hydrogen. Under the partnership, Green Hydrogen Systems is also responsible for on-site maintenance and remote monitoring of electrolysers.
Horisont Energi AS and St1 Nordic Oy signed an MoU to develop a green ammonia project in Finnmark, Norway. The partnership aims to produce green ammonia for transport and industrial applications. The partnership will conduct pre-feasibility studies with a focus on the factors, such as electrolysis using wind power and hydrogen from various green feedstocks that are necessary to access the potential of green ammonia production in Finnmark. Both companies will also explore advanced alternative technologies in green ammonia production and negative emissions from carbon capture to final storage.
Another Norwegian based company Greenstat announced a partnership with Teco 2030 to work on various projects aiming to develop a complete hydrogen value chain. Greenstat is responsible for facilitating green hydrogen to those projects that will be used as fuel by the fuel cells developed by Teco 2030.
In Ireland, ESB and dCarbonX inked an agreement under which both companies launched a large-scale storage project for green hydrogen off the coast of County Cork, Ireland. The partners are waiting for license and planning approval. The project is expected to have a storage capacity of around 3 TWh of green hydrogen and hydrogen carriers. The partnership follows the early partnership made, in May 2021, by ESB and dCarbonX to develop subsea energy storage offshore opportunities in Ireland.
The Finnish based Lifeline Ventures has become a shareholder in P2X Solutions, a hydrogen producer based in Finland, by investing € 2 million.
Canadian based Loop Energy partnered to supply eFlow™ powered Hydrogen Fuel Cell Systems to Ngvi for use in Transit Buses in South Korea. The fuel cell system supplied by Loop Energy will include a fully integrated package of fuel cell modules, a cooling system and power conditioning equipment. The first fuel cell systems supplied under the agreement will be used in hydrogen-electric transit buses developed by Ngvi and Ulsan Metropolitan City.
In the US, Raven SR Inc. announced its partnership with Chevron USA. Inc., Itochu Corporation, Hyzon Motors Inc. and Ascent Hydrogen Fund. Under the partnership, the companies facilitated Raven SR with an investment of US$ 20 million. Raven SR will use the investment to develop modular waste-to-green hydrogen production units and renewable synthetic fuel facilities. Unlike other alternatives used to produce hydrogen from waste materials such as incineration or gasification, Raven SR uses the Steam/CO2 Reformation process, which works without combustion and produces no emissions. The Raven SR process also produces more hydrogen from waste disposals as compared to other processes. The process used by Raven SR also can produce other renewable products such as synthetic liquid fuels, additives and solvents, electricity via microturbines and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
Bakken Energy has completed the agreement of purchasing assets of Dakota Gasification Company in the US, which is the subsidiary of Basin Electric and the owner of the Synfuels Plant. The plan for Synfuels Plant by the company is to convert it into the largest and lowest-cost, clean hydrogen production facility in the US.
Canadian based company Xfuels Inc. signed an oilseed supply and biodiesel off-take agreement with Infinity Petroleum Energy Resources Inc. Under the agreement, Xfuels is responsible for buying the oilseed from Infinity Energy for its biodiesel production, while Infinity Energy is responsible to market Xfuels biodiesel products.
In the Middle East, the UAE based Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnco) announced the supply of blue ammonia cargo to Inpex, Japan. The cargo was supplied under the partnership between Adnoc and Fertiglobe. The partnership for the supply of ammonia is based on the joint efforts recently announced between UAE and Japan to develop UAE-Japan blue ammonia supply chains.
In Oman Ministry of Energy and Minerals agreed with Petroleum Development Oman (PDO)’s Training and Development Centre under which both companies will set up the National Hydrogen Alliance (NHA). The main target of the NHA is to promote clean hydrogen production in Oman, focusing on policies, techniques and expertise used in producing clean hydrogen across the supply chain. The alliance will be led by the Ministry of Energy and Minerals and includes eleven other participants from public and private sectors such as the Authority for Regulation of Public Services (Arps), Energy Development Oman (EDO), OQ group, Oman LNG, BP Oman, Shell Oman, Total Energy Oman, the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), German University (GUtech), Port of Sohar and Port of Duqm.
MAN Energy Solutions and Taqa Power signed an MoU for a pilot project to produce green hydrogen to fuel domestic tourist busses. MAN will provide technical information to Taqa Power on using electrolysis for a hydrogen-plant solution. The partnership aligns with the Egyptian Government’s plan to generate and increase the use of green hydrogen.
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