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HYDROGEN NEWSLETTER 18-25 DECEMBER

Statements of companies and regulators with links of primary sources about real projects 

EODev started a 12-month trial of 3 GEH2® hydrogen power units in Indonesia 

The  Indonesian government and State electricity company PLN Indonesia Power have called on EODev’s solutions for a 12-month trial of 3 GEH2® hydrogen power units, the EODev announced.

The aim is to produce lowcarbon electricity for a variety of applications, including EV charging, support for the national grid and micro-grids on islands and isolated sites.

EODev’s partner Blue Diamond & Net Zero Equipment launched this operation in a record time, and the Toyota Motor Corporation Australia NBS team  supported commissioning and training of the amazing PLN technicians.

Press release and photo https://is.gd/4Asltq

US Treasury moves to restrict hydrogen tax breaks offered by IRA

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released proposed regulations on the Clean Hydrogen Production Credit established by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda and a key pillar of Bidenomics, which is creating good-paying jobs, strengthening energy security, spurring private-sector investment to build the clean energy economy, and combatting the climate crisis. 

“The Biden-Harris Administration is driving American innovation in emerging industries to create good-paying jobs, strengthen U.S. energy security, and help the U.S. clear hurdles in our clean energy transition,” said U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen. “Incentives in the Inflation Reduction Act are helping to scale production of low-carbon fuels like hydrogen and cut emissions from heavy industry, a difficult-to-transition sector of our economy.”  

Euronav to acquire hydrogen engine manufacturer CMB.TECH

Euronav NV and CMB NV (“CMB”), its controlling shareholder, announced that they entered into a share purchase agreement for the acquisition of 100% of the shares in CMB.TECH NV for a purchase price of USD 1.150 billion in cash.

CMB.TECH is a diversified cleantech maritime group. CMB.TECH builds, owns, operates and designs large marine and industrial applications that run on dual-fuel diesel-hydrogen and diesel-ammonia engines and monofuel hydrogen engines. 

CMB.TECH offers hydrogen and ammonia fuel that it either produces or sources from external produces to its customers. CMB.TECH is active throughout the full hydrogen value chain through four different divisions: Marine, Technology & Development, H2 infra, and Industry. The value creation of the new strategy is driven by CMB.TECH’s “future-proof” (or low carbon emitting) fleet of 106 low- carbon vessels, of which 46 are under construction.

Press release https://is.gd/bqEfWY

FNM and Alstom sign contract to supply two hydrogen trains

 FNM Spa announced Friday that it has signed a second application contract with Alstom Ferroviaria Spa for the supply of two hydrogen trains — in addition to the first six already contracted and ordered — for EUR27.5 million.

The two trains, which are scheduled to be delivered before the end of 2026, are part of the already known purchase program for the 14 hydrogen trains that will replace the diesel trainsets currently operating on the BresciaIseo-Edolo section as part of the H2iseO project, aimed at developing a Hydrogen Valley in Valcamonica, starting with the use of hydrogen in local public transport.

Therefore, FNM will finance with its own means a total of eight trains for a total investment of EUR98.3 million. The remaining six trains can be financed with additional public resources or, alternatively, still with FNM’s own funds.

In addition to the replacement of rolling stock, the H2IseO project includes the construction of three CO2-free renewable hydrogen production, storage and distribution facilities and the commissioning of 40 hydrogen buses to replace the entire fleet used today by FNM Autoservizi. The total investment is currently estimated at about EUR392 million.

Press release https://is.gd/MzSLiB

Isuzu and Honda Begin Demonstration Testing of Fuel Cell-Powered Truck on Public Roads 

Isuzu Motors Limited and Honda Motor Co., Ltd.  began demonstration testing on public roads in Japan of the GIGA FUEL CELL, a fuel cell (FC)-powered heavy-duty truck currently being co-developed by the two companies. 

Through this demonstration testing, scheduled to run through September 2024, the two companies will continue making progress in collecting data, amassing knowledge and identifying technical issues in preparation for a 2027 market introduction. The prototype model being used for this demonstration testing is the same type as the one exhibited at the Isuzu Group booth at the JAPAN MOBILITY SHOW 2023. 

Press release https://is.gd/OCLYtu

Brazilian Copel invests in pilot plant for the production of low-carbon hydrogen from biomass

Copel GT will invest more than R$3 million in the construction of a pilot plant for the production of low-carbon hydrogen from biomass (organic waste, manure, sugarcane bagasse, among others). The hydrogen will be used as an input to manufacture ammonia and urea used in fertilisers.

The project has funding from the Aneel R&D Programme and a partnership with the Association of Researchers in the Northern Region of Brazil (Apreno). Over the next two years, the focus of the work will be to develop technology that promotes the sustainability of the hydrogen market in Paraná.

The ideal location for the combined plant to produce hydrogen, ammonia and urea is being studied. “This is an interesting business model, as it could bring together different cycles: the use of biomass generated on a property to produce hydrogen and its application in the manufacture of fertilisers that serve as an input for agribusiness – all happening in the same location,” says Copel GT’s Research, Development and Innovation manager, Leandro Foltran.

Press release https://is.gd/fDbh3c

Bloom Energy and SK ecoplant Announce 500 MW Sales Agreement in a Sphere of Hydrogen Industry

Bloom Energy and SK ecoplant, an engineering and energy solutions provider and subsidiary of South Korean conglomerate SK Group, announced they have extended the terms of the Preferred Distributor Agreement (“PDA”) the companies signed in 2021. SK ecoplant has committed to purchase 500 megawatts (MW) of Energy Servers from Bloom Energy through 2027. The transaction is expected to generate approximately $1.5 billion in product revenue and $3 billion of service revenue over 20 years for Bloom Energy. The agreement extends the initial term from 2024 to 2027 and includes a recommitment of approximately 250 MW from the 2021 agreement with an additional 250 MW under this agreement.

Press release https://is.gd/NuOBp6

GREENHILL ENERGY LAUNCHES $425 M PLANS TO CONSTRUCT AUSTRALIA’S FIRST LARGE SCALE  WASTE-TO-HYDROGEN PROCESSING FACILITY

Greenhill Energy has launched their $425 million plans to build Australia’s first full integrated processing facility to convert landfill waste and sustainable biomass into high value products such as fertilisers and synthetic fuels, and into low-cost clean hydrogen for use in emission free power and transport.

Following recent positive trials and ongoing research and development, Greenhill Energy has secured 20 hectares of land at Tailem Bend in South Australia’s Murraylands for their flagship clean hydrogen project, The Riverbend Energy Hub.

Within 5 years, Greenhill Energy Executive Managing Director Nicholas Mumford said annually the waste-to-hydrogen facility, at full capacity, is expected to divert up to 200,000 tonnes of waste from landfill, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by avoiding release of environmentally harmful methane, with CO2 produced onsite used in the manufacturing of over 100,000 tonnes of urea fertilisers.

Press release https://is.gd/slpPH2

Liquid Wind submits environmental permit application for eFuel plant in Sweden

Liquid Wind has applied for an environmental permit for FlagshipTHREE at the Land and Environment Court in Umeå. The permit is for the company’s third commercial-scale green electrofuel, made of hydrogen and CO2,  facility, in Umeå north-east of Sweden.

Once operational, FlagshipTHREE will contribute to a 271,000-ton* reduction of CO2 emissions annually. Construction is planned to start in 2024 and the facility will be operational in 2027.  

New electrofuel facility  

  • Timeline: Construction is planned to begin in 2024. Operational in 2027.  
  • Planned production capacity: 130,000 tons of green electrofuel/year.  
  • Estimated CO2 reduction: 271,000 tons/year.   

Press release https://is.gd/NLlQdH

EIB granted Schaeffler AG a loan of €420 M for development of hydrogen and other renewable technologies

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted Schaeffler AG a loan of 420 million euros, the Schaeffler announced. These funds with a term of up to ten years are earmarked for research and development in selected areas, with a focus on sustainable technologies in the European Union.

The funding will be used to cover part of the staff costs for research and development of innovative automotive and industrial technologies. The overarching aim is to advance research and development for technologies in the fields of renewable energies, electric mobility, and hydrogen. For example, this includes both electronic axle systems and electric motors as well as chassis and bearing applications. As the bank of the European Union, the EIB supports the European Commission’s Green Deal.

Claus Bauer, Chief Financial Officer of Schaeffler AG responsible for Finance and IT, said: “The new 420-million-euro loan is another important building block in Schaeffler AG’s financing mix. The European Investment Bank is also an ideal partner for putting our research and development financing for sustainable technologies on a broad footing. The EIB funds will help to strengthen our locations in Europe.”

Press release https://is.gd/Jcpf7G

Hanwha Ocean Clinches Order for World’s Largest Ammonia Carriers

Hanwha Ocean announced that it has secured an order worth approximately $500 million to construct four very large ammonia carriers (VLACs) for Greek shipping company Naftomar Shipping and Trading Co. Ltd. Inc (Naftomar). Each VLAC will be able to transport 93,000 cubic meters (cbm) of ammonia, a carbon-free fuel, making them the largest vessel of their class in the world. The vessels will be built at Hanwha’s Geoje shipyard and delivered to the shipowner starting in 2026.

The VLACs will be outfitted with Hanwha Ocean’s latest technologies, including its shaft generator motor system (SGM)¹ and Hanwha SmartShip Solution & Service (HS4)², the company’s proprietary smart ship platform. They’ll also be equipped with an ammonia dual-fuel (DF) engine³ that will allow the shipowner the option to convert the carriers to utilize ammonia propulsion in the future. To meet current and projected greenhouse gas emissions regulations, these newbuild vessels will also incorporate a highly eco-friendly design with enhanced efficiency, built under Naftomar’s stringent specification requirements.

Press release https://is.gd/cK7czw

Hystar awarded €1,5 M funding for a new R&D project with the Norwegian Research Council

“Energy efficiency and more flexible energy use are expected to have the fastest effect and will be decisive for the extent to which we succeed in reducing climate emissions, according to the Energy Commission.” – Norwegian Research Council.

Over 17 MNOK (approximately €1,5 M ) has been awarded for Hystar to further develop its low cost, high-efficiency PEM electrolyser stack for the HYSTACK-II project.

Hystar R&D Engineer Hamid Zamanizadeh says: “Hystar already offers a highly efficient and cost-effective electrolyser stack. The primary objective of HYSTACK-II is to substantially decrease the CAPEX of Hystar’s electrolyser stack by reducing dependence on expensive catalysts, coatings, and crucial raw materials.”

Press release https://is.gd/PxeDG7

Grant Agreement for the ‘HydrOxy Hub Walsum’ hydrogen project in Duisburg now signed 

In the summer, the EU Commission announced that the “HydrOxy Hub Walsum” was one of the 41 major industrial projects from across Europe to be invited to start the Innovation Fund Grant Agreement Preparation. 

Iqony  announced that the Grant Agreement has been signed with CINEA, the European Executive Agency in charge of managing the program.

Amongst the many projects which applied in “Industry Electrification and Hydrogen” topic from the Innovation Fund LSC-2022; the “HydrOxy Hub Walsum” was the only German project to be awarded such financial support.

With the conclusion of the legally binding agreement on EU funding, now signed by both parties, the groundbreaking hydrogen project in Duisburg-Walsum, North Rhine-Westphalia, is entering a decisive phase: “From January 2024, it will now be a matter of project implementation on the ground,” says Tanja Braun, Project Manager for HydrOxy Hub Walsum at Iqony. The application for approval will then be submitted in mid-2024, and the decision on which manufacturer will construct the electrolysis plant with an initial capacity of around 150 megawatts (MW) is expected to be made by the autumn.

Press release https://is.gd/vCCjwz

Convion and Elcogen concluded a test period of 2000 hours of the first-of-a-kind solid oxide electrolyser

Convion and Elcogen announced the successful conclusion of a ground-breaking field test for an industrial scale Solid Oxide Electrolyser system delivering green hydrogen at superior efficiency compared to incumbent technologies.

Convion, in collaboration with its partner Elcogen, have concluded a test period of 2000 hours of the first-of-a-kind Convion Solid Oxide electrolyser equipped with Elcogen’s cell technology last week, validating superb performance and good operability. The test campaign included both steady state operation as well as 1000 rapid power cycles. System performance was very high with electrical efficiency over 85%, equating to 39kWh of electrical energy per kilogram of green hydrogen produced. In the context of electrolysis, that is 20-30% less electricity when compared with competing PEM and alkaline technologies.

The steam electrolyser is based on Elcogen’s Solid Oxide cell and stack technology implemented in Convion’s steam electrolyser system platform. The system was developed in record time based on Convion’s experience in developing Solid Oxide fuel cell systems.

The electrolyser was delivered and commissioned to a VTT test site in June 2023 where it was tested as part of a VTT coordinated and Business Finland funded E-Fuel project. The electrolyser delivered green hydrogen for a synthetic fuel demonstrator, where the final product was renewable diesel.

Press release https://is.gd/8XBdvm

Fokker Next Gen and Dassault Systèmes Sign MoU to Pioneer Hydrogen-Powered Aviation

  • Fokker Next Gen is accelerating innovation by choosing Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform as the bedrock for developing their next-generation, zero-CO2 emission aircraft.
  • Through this Memorandum of Understanding, the collaboration embarks on a visionary mission to propel aviation into an era of sustainability, with a resolute goal of achieving carbon-neutral flying and mitigating CO2 emissions.
  • Keonys is the strategic partner managing the engagement between Fokker Next Gen and Dassault Systèmes.

Fokker Next Gen, a trailblazing force in sustainable aviation, has chosen Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform for their ambitious endeavor to develop the groundbreaking Fokker Next Gen hydrogen powered aircraft. The two companies have solidified their commitment through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), heralding a shared vision for the future of green aviation.Fokker Next Gen envisions a world where air transport is powered by a diverse range of clean, renewable energy sources. 

Their first planned product to achieve that goal is a CO2 emission free aircraft that can fly distances of up to 2,500 kilometers, seating 120-150 passengers. Fokker Next Gen is currently in the developmental phase of adapting a Fokker 100 aircraft, demonstrating the feasibility of hydrogen-powered jet engines. 

Press release https://is.gd/T0545c

Extreme H completes successful shakedown of its first prototype

Extreme H has completed the first major milestone in its development, having successfully carried out a shakedown of the series’ first prototype chassis ahead of the launch of the new championship in 2025.

For the first time, Extreme H can reveal a teaser of its hydrogen-powered prototype which recently undertook its debut laps out on track during testing.

Ahead of the launch of the Extreme H chassis later in 2024, a rigorous testing programme is now underway to ensure the championship – the first-ever off-road hydrogen racing series – is ready for its debut in just over a years’ time.


Its current incumbent, Extreme E, was designed to be a testbed for innovation and solutions for mobility. The transition to hydrogen-powered racing and the Extreme H series is a natural evolution of the series’ overarching mission to showcase the possibilities of new technologies in the race to fight climate issues, support decarbonisation and develop applications outside of motorsport. 

Extreme H cars will be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell from the start of the 2025 season.

Video of Extreme H  https://youtu.be/TcWPuw7d0m8?si=A8Ouk1uqvil4n5jw

Press release https://is.gd/tW4nJW

Hydrogen project of E.ON Hrvatska secured financial support of EU

The European Commission announced that it selected 17 small-scale innovative clean tech projects to receive over €65 million in project support under the EU Innovation Fund

Among projects there’s a hydrogen project in Croatia, coordinated by E.ON Hrvatska. 

Named Sludge-to-Hydrogen for a Circular Economy (S2H2), the project aimed at transforming sewage sludge into hydrogen for blending into the local gas grid and usage as fuel for 20 hydrogen powered buses operated by Zagreb’s public transport entity (ZET).

“Transforming sewage sludge into hydrogen for blending into the local gas grid and usage as fuel for 20 hydrogen powered buses operated by Zagreb’s public transport entity (ZET). Carbon black and ashes by-products will be used as additives in tyre manufacturing process and concrete production”, the EU reported.

Press release https://is.gd/oJllUC

NIKOLA AND FIRSTELEMENT FUEL FORGE 10-YEAR STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO ADVANCE HYDROGEN FUELING INFRASTRUCTURE

Nikola Corporation via the HYLA brand, and FirstElement Fuel (FEF), a world leader in hydrogen refueling station solutions, have formalized a definitive 10-year agreement to refuel Nikola’s hydrogen fuel cell electric truck at FEF’s hydrogen refueling station in Oakland, Calif. This collaboration unifies their commitment to driving the widespread adoption of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and marks a significant step towards a greener and more sustainable tomorrow.

Under this strategic partnership, FEF is appointed as an authorized Nikola Fueling Solutions Partner. This collaboration enables Nikola customers to access fueling services at the new FEF multi-use heavy-duty truck station situated strategically near the port in Oakland, Calif. The station, which uses FEF’s proprietary design, anticipates a fueling capacity of approximately 200 trucks per day, and will boast the world’s first heavy-duty truck H70 fast-fill lane for efficient hydrogen refueling. The station received funding from the California Energy Commission under the NorCal Zero Project. This agreement aligns seamlessly with Nikola’s initial truck launch strategy, concentrating on the deployment of its zero-emissions trucks in areas adjacent to Maritime Ports throughout Calif. and serves as the first of many partner stations to come.

Press release https://is.gd/PxeDG7

Ryze to provide hydrogen to one of the world’s largest glass producers

Net zero pioneer Ryze Hydrogen has signed a long-term deal to provide hydrogen to Guardian Glass Europe – one of the largest glass producers in the world, the company announced.

Ryze will supply hydrogen to be used in the manufacture of float glass – the most widely produced form of glass, used in everything from car windscreens and windows in buildings to mirrors and furniture.

Guardian Glass operates 24 float glass lines around the world and serves 160 countries across five continents.

Ryze, which earlier this year became a member of the not-for-profit organisation Glass Futures, to explore the role hydrogen can play in reducing the glass industry’s carbon emissions, will provide hydrogen to Guardian’s plant in Goole, East Yorkshire. It will be used as a technical gas during the float glass process.

Press release https://is.gd/SqyyE8

Sumitomo, ENEOS and  SEDC Energy to build a clean hydrogen supply chain in Malaysia

Start of FEED for hydrogen production to commence the operation by 2030

Sumitomo Corporation together with ENEOS Corporation and SEDC Energy Sdn Bhd have signed a Joint Development Agreement for the establishment of a clean hydrogen supply chain utilizing renewable energy in Malaysia.

The clean hydrogen supply chain to be jointly developed under the Agreement aiming approximately 90,000 tons per year of clean hydrogen production (Note 1) (including 2,000 tons of hydrogen for local consumption in Sarawak), converting the hydrogen to MCH (Note2), an efficient form of hydrogen transportation, and exporting MCH to Japan. The clean hydrogen will be electrolyzed by renewable energy from hydropower in Sarawak, Malaysia. We will begin the Front End Engineering Design (FEED), aiming to commence the commercial operation by 2030. SC will take lead in evaluating the project feasibility and financing arrangements. ENEOS will take lead in the technical part of MCH production, maritime transportation to Japan. SEDC Energy will be responsible for securing electricity and take lead in the technical part of hydrogen production.

Press release https://is.gd/VB1ZDb

Mitsubishi Corporation and Amogy with SK Innovation to unlock the potential of Amogy’s ammonia cracking technology

Mitsubishi Corporation and Amogy are excited to announce a strategic partnership that will focus on accelerating the adoption of Amogy’s ammonia-to-power and ammonia cracking technology in large-scale hydrogen carrier applications in East Asia, particularly Japan and South Korea.

The joint study set to commence in December 2023 with SK Innovation, will first assess a large-scale deployment of Amogy’s technology, including analysis of costs across the value chain, and explore opportunities for market expansion across the ammonia and hydrogen supply chain. Upon the completion of the initial phase, three companies are looking to explore joint pilot opportunities in the strategic regions.

Just over 1,000 running metres are planned for cars on the ferry, which is about 20% more than the previous generation. This means that the car area can accommodate around 200 passenger cars or, for example, 16 large lorries with 50 passenger cars. To increase passenger comfort, the ferry is planned to have an on-board restaurant with a kitchen. There is also a pantry, an extended lounge area and crew cabins. The new ferry has a capacity of 700 passengers.

The deadline to submit tenders for the construction and design of the vessel is 17 January 2024. 

According to plans, the new ferry on the Virtsu-Kuivastu route will start operating on 1 October 2026.The expected purchase price is around €40 million. The shipbuilding is being financed by the European Modernisation Fund and revenues from CO2 emission quotas.

Press release https://is.gd/fX50ka

Rolls-Royce starts new set of ground-breaking hydrogen research tests

Both Rolls-Royce and its partner easyJet are committed to being at the forefront of the development of hydrogen combustion engine technology capable of powering a range of aircraft, including those in the narrowbody market segment, from the mid-2030s onwards.

The latest set of tests, to prove aerospace cryogenic liquid hydrogen pump systems, have begun at Rolls-Royce’s facility at Solihull, UK.

Press release https://is.gd/Kn7O7k

Germany’s SEFE and Equinor enter long-term gas sales agreements and pursue large scale hydrogen supplies

Under the agreements Equinor will supply Germany’s state-owned energy company SEFE (Securing Energy for Europe) with 111 terrawatt hours (ca 10 billion cubic meters – bcm) of natural gas per year from 1 January 2024 until 2034, plus an option for another 5 years, at terms reflecting market prices.

The annual volumes are equivalent to one third of German industrial demand.

The 5-year option is for a total of 319 TWh (around 29 bcm) over the period. The companies also signed a non-binding letter of intent (LoI) with the intention that SEFE will become a long term off-taker of giga-scale, low-carbon hydrogen supplies from Equinor starting in 2029 and continuing towards 2060.

“This is a response to Europe’s need for long-term, reliable supply of energy and a viable route to decarbonization at scale”, says Equinor’s CEO Anders Opedal.

Press release https://is.gd/ZzmVcp

H2Glass Partner Steklarna Hrastnik achieves breakthrough with hydrogen use in glass production

In a recent two-week trial conducted by our partner Steklarna Hrastnik d.o.o. in Slovenia, H2GLASS achieved a major milestone by successfully producing the first industrial batch of glass bottles using hydrogen as a primary energy source, the  H2GLASS , EU-funded Horizon Europe project advancing hydrogen solutions for glass and aluminium industries, announced.

With an impressive 60% hydrogen fuel content employed for glass melting, Steklarna Hrastnik, one of H2GLASS project’s industrial demonstrators, has effectively reduced the direct carbon footprint of the melting process by over 30% compared to standard procedures.

Despite hydrogen behaving differently and burning at a different temperature than natural gas, no significant impact on the refinement and discoloration of the glass has been found, enabling us to maintain the product’s quality within established technological limits.

This test demonstrates that hydrogen can be used in glass production and propels us closer to our goal of achieving zero-carbon glass production, a step towards a net-zero world.

Press release https://is.gd/iavzQV

Daimler Truck Builds First Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck Customer-Trial Fleet

Daimler Truck is entering the next development phase on the road to decarbonize transportation with hydrogen-powered trucks, the company announced on 19 December. After a rigorous testing phase on the test track and on public roads, the fuel-cell trucks have now reached an advanced development stage for deployment in first customer fleets. Consequently, Daimler Truck is now taking the next step by building a first customer-trial fleet of Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Trucks. Expected from mid-2024, the companies Amazon, Air Products, INEOS, Holcim and Wiedmann & Winz will take part in first customer trials to gain initial experience in CO2-free long-distance transport with fuel-cell trucks.

The five semi-trailer tractors will be deployed in different long-haul applications on specific routes in Germany, such as the transport of building materials, sea containers or cylinder gases. During these first customer trials the GenH2 Trucks remain under the direct supervision and responsibility of Mercedes-Benz Trucks. The vehicles will be refueled at designated public liquid hydrogen filling stations (sLH2) in Wörth am Rhein and in the Duisburg area.

Press release https://is.gd/Sq55zo

5 MW Pfeffenhausen hydrogen production plant in Bavaria to be commissioned in 2024

One of four technology and user centres for “green” hydrogen in Germany is currently being built in Pfeffenhausen, Bavaria. At the heart of the centre is a 5 MW hydrogen production plant. As general contractor, Kraftanlagen Energies & Services was awarded the contract for the planning, construction and commissioning of this plant.

Once operational, the electrolysis plant will produce an average of 1,200 kilograms of green hydrogen per day. This is then compressed to up to 450 bar and filled into transport trailers at the filling station. These trailers will then distribute the hydrogen to bus and truck refuelling stations in the Munich and Ebersberg districts, supplying the regional bus services of Münchner Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund GmbH with green fuel for ten hydrogen fuel cell buses. The remaining green hydrogen will be used to supply other customers in the mobility and energy sectors.

The Pfeffenhausen Hydrogen Centre is being funded by the German government with up to 72.5 million euros and up to 30 million euros from the Free State of Bavaria.

Press release https://www.kraftanlagen.com/en/green-hydrogen-from-bavaria/

Modena Hydrogen Valley officially launched in Italy

Modena’s Hydrogen Valley, one of the first and most significant renewable hydrogen development projects designed to contribute to the energy transition in Italy, has been launched, the the Hera Group announced.

A memorandum of understanding for creating a hydrogen production hub was signed  in Modena’s Town Hall by the Hera Group and Snam, aimed at accelerating the decarbonisation of Emilia-Romagna region. The development of a supply chain for this renewable energy vector, furthermore, will have significant and positive environmental, social and economic impacts in a region with a strong entrepreneurial presence.

The core of Modena’s Hydrogen Valley will be IdrogeMO, the Hera Group and Snam project aimed at building a production hub capable of producing up to 400 tonnes of renewable hydrogen every year, with possible future expansion to increase production. Overall, the planned investment amounts to 20.8 million euro.

Considering its significance for the energy transition and decarbonisation, the partnership between the Hera Group, Herambiente and Snam was given a 19.5 million euro grant last April from the Emilia-Romagna Region, allocated under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP).  

Press release https://is.gd/NJ5R5G

Advent Technologies Secures €1.8 M Frame Contract with Volta Energy for the Supply of Methanol-Powered Fuel Cell Units

Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc., announced the signing of a new frame contract with Volta Energy. Volta Energy, a Dutch company founded by brothers Roel and Luc Bleumer, specializes in the development of hybrid mobile power products and offers total mobile energy supply solutions to sectors such as construction, festivals, and events. Under the terms of the agreement, Advent will supply its methanol-powered fuel cell units (“Serene”) to Volta Energy as a novel, green, power source in its product offerings.

Following a highly successful testing phase in which Advent supplied its Serene fuel cells to Volta Energy, the two companies are advancing to the next phase of their collaboration. The total initial value of the new contract is €1.8 million, and deliveries are set to begin in January 2024. The supply chain is expected to remain active throughout 2024, in line with the customer’s specified timeline.

Press release https://is.gd/LTzUbS

Air Liquide to build a world-scale CO₂ capture unit at the Group’s hydrogen production plant  in the port of Rotterdam

Through this project, Air Liquide will be able to supply hydrogen that will be significantly decarbonized, to its long-term customers, as contracted.

Air Liquide has announced that it will build, own and operate a world-scale carbon capture unit in the industrial basin of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, leveraging its proprietary Cryocap™ technology. The new unit will be installed at the Group’s hydrogen production plant located in the port of Rotterdam and will be connected to Porthos, one of Europe’s largest carbon capture and storage infrastructure aiming at significantly reducing CO₂ emissions in this large industrial basin.

Air Liquide will capture the CO₂ from its existing world-scale hydrogen plant in the port of Rotterdam, leveraging CryocapTM, a technological solution for CO₂ capture using a cryogenic process. Captured CO₂ will then be transported through the Porthos infrastructure, which is currently being developed, and permanently stored in depleted gas fields in the North Sea, approximately 20 kilometers off the coast. The carbon capture unit will be operational in 2026. 

Press release https://is.gd/bkp1oB

Topsoe awarded EUR 94 million from the EU’s Innovation Fund to build SOEC factory

Topsoe has signed a grant agreement with EU’s Innovation Fund for a total of EUR 94 million. The grant is a recognition of Topsoe’s state-of-the art SOEC electrolysis technology and the innovation inherent in building this first of its kind SOEC factory. The factory is Topsoe’s single biggest investment to date.

The factory will manufacture advanced, energy efficient Solid Oxide Electrolyzer Cells (SOEC) that are essential in the production of green hydrogen and its derivatives. Electrolyzers are key for decarbonizing energy-intensive industries like steel, mining, and long-distance transportation that account for approximately 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions and cannot easily be electrified. In Europe, the EU Commission has announced a proposal to deploy 40 GW of hydrogen electrolyzer installation and 10 million tonnes of green hydrogen production.

When used to produce green hydrogen, electrolyzers from Topsoe’s factory will reduce emissions by approximately 7.5 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent over the first ten years of operation when compared to hydrogen produced from natural gas.

Press release https://is.gd/ZpY1iB

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ExxonMobil to Build CCS Pilot Plant with FuelCell Energy Using Carbonate Fuel Cell Technology

  • First time for carbonate fuel cell technology to be piloted for carbon capture in an industrial environment
  • Captured CO2 will be transported and stored via the Porthos project for permanent storage under the North Sea
  • If successful, the technology would be commercialized to reduce emissions at ExxonMobil locations and other industrial sites to help customers reduce their emissions

ExxonMobil’s affiliate Esso Nederland BV plans to build a pilot plant at its Rotterdam Manufacturing Complex to test a breakthrough technology that could significantly reduce CO2 emissions from key industries. The pilot plant aims to obtain data on performance and operability of the carbonate fuel cell (CFC) technology, jointly developed with FuelCell Energy. Additionally, the pilot aims to address potential technical issues that may occur in a commercial environment and better understand the costs of installing and operating a CFC plant for carbon capture.

Esso’s Rotterdam integrated manufacturing site will be the first place in the world to pilot this technology. Pending a successful demonstration, ExxonMobil could deploy this technology at its manufacturing sites around the world.

Carbonate fuel cells have a unique ability to capture CO2 emissions from industrial sources before they are released into the atmosphere, while also making valuable co-products. This feature increases the overall efficiency of the capture process and provides additional value streams that reduce the cost of carbon capture and storage.

Press release https://is.gd/TF8rnZ

H2U & De Nora Enter R&D Agreement to Find High-Performance Materials for Green Hydrogen Production

H2U Technologies, a next-generation electrolyzer developer, and De Nora, the world’s largest supplier of high-performing catalyst-coated membranes,  announced a R&D agreement to identify and develop low-cost, high-performance electrocatalysts for hydrogen production through water electrolysis. These catalysts will enable the market presence of affordable green hydrogen, thereby addressing a specific market need, facilitating the expansion of the hydrogen value chain and driving the energy transition.
This R&D agreement follows H2U’s prior collaboration with De Nora to further leverage H2U’s exclusive Catalyst Discovery Engine™ (CDE™) to pioneer groundbreaking electrocatalysts that can be used in systems for water electrolysis-based hydrogen production.

Press release https://is.gd/0cnxCo

Toyota will field a hydrogen car in the 10-hour Endurance Race

It will compete against eclectic cars with a tank of hydrogen produced from chicken farm biogas

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announced that it will be participating in the IDEMITSU SUPER ENDURANCE SOURTHEAST ASIA TROPHY 2023 (Thailand 10-hour Endurance Race) to be held on December 22 and 23 at Thailand’s Chang International Circuit. It will compete with a three-vehicle setup for ROOKIE Racing featuring the ORC ROOKIE GR86 CNF concept, a GR86 running on carbon-neutral fuel; the ORC ROOKIE GR Corolla H2 concept, a hydrogen-powered Corolla; and the CP ROOKIE PRIUS CNF-HEV GR concept, a newly added Prius HEV running on carbon-neutral fuel. The new Prius competing in this year’s race has been developed based on a production vehicle, marking the first time that Toyota has competed with a production Prius HEV.

Press release https://is.gd/zmhPf4

McPhy awarded a major contract in the field of green hydrogen pipeline supply with HMS Oil & Gas in Germany

McPhy Energy, specialized in low-carbon hydrogen production and distribution equipment (electrolyzers and refueling stations), today announces the signing of a major contract with HMS Oil and Gas division GmbH, based in Berlin, for the supply and commissioning of four McLyzer 3200-30 with a capacity totaling 64 MW.

The electrolyzers will operate on the Radeland Compression station, Brandenburg, which is connected to a pipe network connection, going from the Baltic Sea to the Southwest of Germany. Its strategic position will make this site a key contributor to the hydrogen conversion of this important natural gas pipeline into one of the major hydrogen pipelines, as part of the project “Flow – making hydrogen happen”. This large-scale project is the first mover project to start-up a key milestone in gas grid conversion to hydrogen in Europe, and aims at using existing infrastructure, to rapidly open up important areas across Europe for hydrogen ramp up.

The contract is structured on two phases, starting with the supply of one McLyzer 3200-30, with a capacity of 16 MW, which will be commissioned and in operation end of 2025. The second phase comprises three additional McLyzer 3200-30 to be commissioned in 2027.

Press release https://is.gd/VQdFTe

Dutch state joins offshore green hydrogen pilot PosHYdon via EBN

The Dutch state is stepping in as an active partner in PosHYdon through Energie Beheer Nederland (EBN), the PosHYdon announced. In this pilot, green hydrogen will be produced on an operational gas platform. This will be the first time that three offshore energy systems will be integrated. The pilot is essential for the development of large-scale production of green hydrogen at sea and thus for the energy transition in the Netherlands and Northwest Europe. In order to safeguard this public interest, EBN will actively participate in the consortium. EBN is already a 40% partner in the Q13a-A platform, where the pilot will take place. PosHYdon is now approaching the final phase: the setup will be tested on land at InVesta in May 2024, and the first production of hydrogen on the platform operated by Neptune Energy is scheduled for the second half of 2024.

Timeline

  • May 2024 – test PosHYdon on land at InVesta, Alkmaar
  • Second half of 2024 – PosHYdon live at sea

Press release https://is.gd/laYZHE

Omni Tanker delivers world-leading liquid hydrogen storage project with Lockheed Martin

Two years in the making, Australian composites manufacturer Omni Tanker in collaboration with international aerospace giant Lockheed Martin and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has developed a world-leading solution for the transport of cryogenic and liquid cargoes of hydrogen and helium, with support from the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC).

The collaborative partnership builds upon Omni Tanker’s expansive composite capabilities developed for use across its industrial transport portfolio. The company currently leads global manufacturing in lightweight, composite road tankers for caustic materials that are used and sold locally and exported to Europe, and North America from its Sydney base.

Pairing Omni Tanker’s capabilities with Lockheed Martin’s extensive aerospace experience led to the development and manufacture of two new tanks including a:

  • Type 4, fluoropolymer-lined, carbon fibre composite tank, and a
  • Type 5, liner-less, carbon fibre composite tank.

The tanks can store and transport liquid hydrogen, as well as oxygen, hydrogen peroxide, and hydrazine at high pressures under extreme cryogenic temperatures.

In testing, the tanks achieved their performance metrics, particularly when materials were exposed to cryogenic temperatures as low as minus 269 degrees Celsius. As a result of the successful project, operational-scale demonstrator versions of the tanks for Lockheed Martin’s LM2100 satellite have now been manufactured at Omni Tanker’s advanced manufacturing facility located in Sydney’s west.

Omni Tanker CEO and Founder Dr Daniel Rodgers said the $1.59 million project has taken the company’s world-leading capabilities to new heights.

The co-funded project worth a total $1.59 million, received co-investment from the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre to the value of $700,000, while in-kind contributions totalled $194,000. 

Press release https://is.gd/zu7yqk

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