20 MW electrolyser in Spain, hydrogen alliance between Russia and Germany – PV Magazine International
British oil and gas company BP, Spanish electricity company Iberdrola and Spanish gas supplier Enagás reached an agreement for the largest green hydrogen production project in the Valencian Community, which would be developed at BP’s plant in Castellón. “The purpose of this agreement is to assess the installation of a 20 megawatt (MW) electrolyser for the production of green hydrogen on land owned by BP in the industrial park of El Serrallo. The electrolyser would run on renewable energy produced, among other production sources, by a 40 MW photovoltaic plant, ”reads a press release published on Wednesday. The BP refinery in Castellón is the largest consumer of hydrogen in the Valencian Community. The new project would allow green hydrogen to be used instead of gray hydrogen, which the refinery uses to produce biofuels. The project also envisages hydrogen supplies for the heavy transport sector. In subsequent phases, the electrolysis capacity could be increased to 115 MW.
the Danish developer of wind and solar farms, European Energy, joined the Danish industrial organization Hydrogen Denmark in its efforts to increase its hydrogen and PtX business. “Their skills in the development, construction and operation of green energy parks are very valuable for the scale-up and implementation of hydrogen and PtX production in Denmark,” commented the Hydrogen Denmark director Tejs Laustsen Jensen in a note published Wednesday.
At 13th German-Russian Conference on Raw Materials, Russian and German representatives called for greater cooperation on hydrogen. “The main themes of the German-Russian commodities conference have changed dramatically in recent years. Today we are mainly discussing renewable energies and hydrogen, ”commented Saxony Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer on the second day of the three-day virtual conference. German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier made similar comments: “We must not forget Russia’s enormous potential for renewable energy from wind and sun. Germany will have to rely on imports in the hydrogen sector. We have set aside a total of 2 billion euros for international cooperation. This is also available for projects between Russian and German companies. Russia can become an important part of an international hydrogen economy, ”Altmaier commented. The conference ends on Friday.
Automakers Hyundai, Stellantis, Toyota and BMW sent a letter to European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans asking to support the continued expansion of a 700 bar hydrogen fueling network in Europe. “The undersigned OEMs [Original Equipment Manufacturer] are dedicated to further developing the market for passenger cars and fuel cell light commercial vehicles. This in turn will require an extension of the established (and proven) 700 bar refueling network. The combined deployment of a common hydrogen infrastructure offering both fueling options for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, as well as for heavy goods vehicles, can create enormous synergies ”, reads the letter of 26 April.
The heavy-duty vehicle unit of Daimler, Daimler Truck and the Volvo Group, based in Gothenburg introduced the cellcentric fuel cell joint venture as part of their commitment to accelerate the use of hydrogen fuel cells for long-haul trucks. “With the ambition to become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of fuel cell systems, cellcentric will build one of the largest planned production series of fuel cell systems in Europe, which is expected to begin operation in 2025. », Indicates the note published Thursday. According to the two companies, electric battery will be the preferred option for lower cargo weights and shorter distances, while fuel cell power will mainly be adopted for heavier loads and longer distances.
Clean electrification will be at the heart of the energy transition made possible by the rapid fall in the costs of renewable energies, with a complementary role for clean hydrogen technology in sectors that are difficult or even impossible to electrify. Energy Transitions Commission (ETC), said a coalition of more than 45 companies active in the energy sector in two reports released earlier this week. “The total global hydrogen consumption could … be multiplied by 5 to 7 from the 115 Mt per year today to reach 500 to 800 Mt by the middle of the century, hydrogen (and its derivatives) representing 15 to 20% of final energy demand, in addition to the nearly 70% supplied by direct electricity ”, the report read, adding that green hydrogen would be cheaper in most long-term locations, “with dramatic reductions in production costs to less than $ 2 / kg possible during the 2020s, and further falls thereafter.” Green hydrogen is expected to represent 85% of total hydrogen production by 2050. Electricity currently represents 20% of final energy demand.
Australian Smart Energy Council revealed the names of the top eight global and national partners for its zero carbon hydrogen certification program. The scheme aims to provide a guarantee of origin for hydrogen, ammonia and other derived products such as steel. The Council announced that its first pilot certification project will be the ActewAGL hydrogen refueling station in Canberra. The project, which opened in March, is expected to be certified as part of the Council’s program by the end of July 2021. Almost from the start, the German Energy Agency (dena) has been an advisor for the program of the Advice.
Sydney-based tech startup Lavo is working on its expansion into Germany, described as a key international market for the company. The German subsidiary of Lavo will be based in Berlin. “Lavo’s growth plans in Germany include the launch of the logistics mobility solution which will be the Lavo cargo bike, the first commercially produced hydrogen bike. The rise in consumers facing hydrogen products and business initiatives will benefit from the landmark agreement between Australia and Germany in September 2020 to explore the potential for collaboration on hydrogen supply, ”a note released Tuesday said.
Melbourne-based hydrogen production and supply company, Trojan H2 Logistics announced two separate industrial agreements in the Australian hydrogen transport sector. Trojan has signed a memorandum of understanding for the delivery of 100 refueling stations as well as an agreement of 2.3 million euros (3.6 million Australian dollars) to immediately acquire two liquid hydrogen trailers capable of holding approximately 55,000 liters. It also signed a second memorandum of understanding for the supply of 50 hydrogen engines, with a plan to purchase 1,000 additional trucks depending on demand. The company’s press release does not name the partner companies for any of the MOUs, but the company’s website says it has made deals with U.S. technical equipment maker Chart Industries and battery-powered utility vehicle supplier. zero emission hydrogen fuel. Hyzon Engines.
Hyzon Motors, a New York-based supplier of utility vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells, signed a memorandum of understanding with Wyoming renewable fuels company Raven SR. The two plan to form a joint venture and build up to 100 hydrogen production centers “in the United States and around the world.” The goal is to convert organic waste into hydrogen. Companies expect conversion costs to be similar to hydrogen produced from hydrocarbons. As part of the deal, Hyzon will acquire a minority stake in Wyoming-based Raven. “The first hubs will be built in the San Francisco Bay Area and are expected to go live in 2022,” Raven SR wrote in a note released Tuesday. Last October, Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures, the venture capital subsidiary of Total SE, and other hydrogen investors invested in Hyzon.
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) said earlier this month that it will increase investment in hydrogen. “Our goal is to become the No.1 hydrogen company in China, in order to achieve a systematic diagram of the whole chain of the hydrogen energy industry which will make refueling in hydrogen as convenient as gas refueling, ”said Zhang Yuzhuo, president of Sinopec. The company, which produces 3.5 million tonnes of hydrogen per year, has already built hydrogen refueling stations in Guangdong, Shanghai, Zhejiang and Guangxi. The company expects the number of stations to reach 1,000 by 2025
the Brazilian state of Ceará plans to become a global producer and supplier of green hydrogen, triggering new investments in renewable energy production. “This is an excellent opportunity for the country to become a global player as a producer and exporter of green hydrogen, thanks to our potential for production of onshore wind energy and solar photovoltaic energy. Much of this potential is concentrated in the northeast of the state, which also offers the best logistical conditions for the European and American markets, ”commented earlier this week Adão Linhares, Executive Secretary of the Ceará Infrastructure Secretariat. (Seinfra).
French maritime construction company Fountaine-Pajot has chosen the hydrogen technology offered by the French company EODev. For now, the collaboration is focused on a 59-foot sailing catamaran. According to the companies, the new yacht is not as loud as similar diesel-powered models. “Besides a significant weight, and therefore an energy saving, an economy, the advantage of the hydrogen-electric combination compared to a 100% electric system, is to allow the management of the energy needs according to the use, using the power of the fuel cell, while being able to instantly use the batteries for occasional peak power needs. The hydrogen fueling this system is compressed and stored at 350 bars, the standard pressure used by hundreds of buses around the world, ”read the note published Tuesday. Earlier this month, Toyota announced that it had become a managing shareholder of EODev.
The majority of jobs in the hydrogen industry do not require in-depth knowledge of hydrogen, said Philippe Boucly, president of France Hydrogen, presenting a white paper on skills required in the industry. France Hydrogen entrusted the study to Infinergia, based in Grenoble. According to the report, 27 of the 84 jobs identified require real knowledge of hydrogen, 41 require basic knowledge, while 16 jobs do not require specific knowledge.
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