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Hydrogen newsletter 22-29 January 

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

Cleveland-Cliffs Completes Successful Blast Furnace Hydrogen Injection Trial at Indiana Harbor #7 Blast Furnace

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., the largest flat-rolled steel producer in North America, announced  that it has successfully completed a hydrogen (H2) injection trial at its Indiana Harbor #7 blast furnace, the largest blast furnace in North America. This represents the second Cleveland-Cliffs blast furnace to utilize hydrogen as a reductant and fuel source, following the successful trial at Middletown Works in May of 2023.

Cliffs recently completed the commissioning of the hydrogen pipeline at Indiana Harbor, which was used for this trial. This successful commissioning marks another significant achievement toward Cliffs’ future GHG reduction efforts, completing the pipeline in advance of schedule, below budget and without incident. Cliffs’ hydrogen gas supplier, Linde, was a critical partner in the successful execution of this major trial.

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MAN Cryo Wins Approval for Ammonia Fuel-Supply System to Safely Provide Ammonia to Marine-Engine Applications

MAN Cryo has announced that its design for an ammonia fuel-supply system to safely provide ammonia to marine-engine applications has been awarded an Approval in Principle from classification societies, DNV and Bureau Veritas.

Part of MAN Energy Solutions and a leading expert in the field of storage and handling of LNG and natural gas, MAN Cryo developed the system in cooperation with Chinese company, Yada Green Energy Solutions, with whom the company has previously cooperated to provide equipment for LNG and methanol marine fuels.

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Pacific Energy delivers Northern Territory’s first

hydrogen stand-alone power system

Pacific Energy announced that it has designed and delivered its first containerised hydrogen electrolyser and fuel cell system for Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) Renewable Energy Microgrid Hub for Applied Research and Training (REMHART), which will use the system to study the feasibility of hydrogen as a clean energy source for the Northern Territory’s grids.

The system, known as a hydrogen stand-alone power system (H2 SPS), is an adaptation of Pacific Energy’s award winning solar stand-alone power system, and comprises four Enapter electrolysers, a PowerCell 5kW fuel cell, battery and inverters.

Pacific Energy collaborated with CDU at their REMHART facility, which is dedicated to creating and testing new renewable energy technologies, to create a system that can convert power from the university’s specialised Renewable Energy Grid Testing Facility into renewable hydrogen.

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Daimler Truck and Masdar signed a MoU to explore the feasibility of liquid green hydrogen exports from UAE 

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC – Masdar, the UAE’s clean energy powerhouse, and Daimler Truck Holding AG (“Daimler Truck”), one of the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the feasibility of liquid green hydrogen exports from Abu Dhabi (UAE) to Europe by 2030.

To decarbonize transportation, Daimler Truck is pursuing a dual-track strategy with hydrogen- and battery-powered vehicles. In a demonstration of the feasibility of using liquid hydrogen in road transportation, the company’s prototype Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck recently completed a trip of 1,047 kilometers across Germany with one fill of liquid hydrogen under real-life conditions. Daimler Truck is building a customer-trial fleet of Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Trucks which are expected to be deployed in mid-2024.

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AFC Energy-led consortium awarded GBP676,500, to integrate its proprietary ammonia cracker reactor technology

AFC Energy PLC – provider of hydrogen power generation technologies – Says it has been awarded funding under the UK Government’s Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, which is funded by the UK Department for Transport and delivered by Innovate UK. A consortium led by AFC has been awarded GBP676,500, in order to design and integrate its proprietary ammonia cracker reactor technology with marine purposed, ammonia fuelled internal combustion engines. Funding starts in the first quarter, with results from the proof-of-concept demonstration expected to be published twelve months later.

Chief Executive Adam Bond says: “We are pleased to have been recognised, along with our partners, by the UK Government’s CMDC4 funding programme, highlighting further commercialization potential for our next generation ammonia cracker reactor. AFC Energy has been engaging with international shipyards, vessel owners, and designers over the past year and we believe the adoption of ammonia as a decarbonisation maritime fuel is yet another international market for our highly efficient ammonia cracker reactor.”

Metacon signed agreement with PERIC to build a “Gigafactory” producing electrolysis systems

Metacon AB (publ) has, through its wholly owned subsidiary Metacon Technology AB (Metacon Warrant AB, name change ongoing), entered into an OEM license and manufacturing agreement with PERIC Hydrogen Technologies Co., Ltd. It is the first time in PERIC’s over 60-year long history that a similar agreement is made. The agreement gives Metacon an exclusive right for a large number of countries in Europe to manufacture complete Hydrogen Generation Systems (HGS) based on PERIC’s world-leading technology for pressurized alkaline electrolysis modules (stacks). Metacon is now investigating the conditions and financing possibilities for building a factory in Sweden or in another country within the EU. Under the right conditions, this could be the first factory of its kind in Sweden and within a few years one of the largest in Europe. Metacon is initially planning for a production volume of up to 0.5 GW per year, which corresponds to 50 – 100 complete electrolysis plants based on 5 and 10 MW electrolysis modules, respectively. In the next step, it is planned to be able to scale up to a capacity of 1 GW per year and more.

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GM-Honda Begin Commercial Production at Industry’s First Hydrogen Fuel Cell System Manufacturing Joint Venture

In a pivotal moment in the commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell systems, GM and Honda  announced the start of production at their 50-50 joint venture production facility, FCSM. FCSM is the first large-scale manufacturing joint venture to build fuel cells.

FCSM was established in Brownstown, Michigan, in January 2017 based on a joint investment of $85 million. The 70,000-square-foot facility has already created 80 jobs. The world-class hydrogen power solutions built at FCSM will be used by both companies in various product applications and business ventures.

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 Hyzon Motors Inc. , a leading hydrogen fuel cell technology developer and global supplier of zero-emission heavy-duty fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs),  announced that it delivered four FCEVs to leading food distributor and supplier Performance Food Group (PFG) (NYSE: PFGC), in a joint ceremony. The event, held at PFG’s Vistar facility in Fontana, was attended by local government

 leaders, company leaders, and PFG associates, and showcased the new FCEVs by offering ride along demonstrations.

The delivery comes six months after Hyzon and PFG initially announced their fuel cell electric vehicle agreement. Hyzon is one of the first companies to deliver a heavy-duty fuel cell electric truck, also referred to as tractors, in the U.S.

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Ten Spanish companies join forces to apply hydrogen propulsion to a high-speed train for the first time

Ten Spanish companies have joined forces to design, build and install, for the first time in the world, a propulsion system based on renewable hydrogen fuel cells on a high-speed train, the Spanish Talgo stated.

Under the Hympulso project, the companies will develop a set of technologies that can be applied to the Talgo 250 ‘all-terrain’ train, making it possible to electrify the rail network with energy generated entirely from renewable sources, even on lines without overhead power lines.

Led by Talgo, Hympulso also includes Golendus, Ingeteam, Optimus3D, Repsol and Sener as partners. Universidad Pontificia Comillas and Tecnalia are collaborators, while Adif is an observer. The initiative has received a grant of €6.5 million and is part of the Incentive Programme for the Innovative Value Chain and Knowledge of Renewable Hydrogen, as part of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan.

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Genvia and Airbus partner to characterize the benefits of the solid oxide electrolyser technology to produce low carbon hydrogen

Genvia and Airbus are partnering to characterize the benefits provided by the solid oxide electrolyser technology to produce low carbon hydrogen, including notably in the context of producing hydrogen-derived synthetic sustainable aviation fuel (“eSAF”), the  Genvia announced on 24 January.

Genvia and Airbus partnership aims to model and quantify the technical and commercial advantages of Genvia’s solid oxide electrolyser technology for the production of low carbon synthetic Sustainable Aviation Fuel (“eSAF”). Several production pathway architectures will be evaluated using either hydrogen production with Solid Oxide Electrolyzer Cells (SOEC) or syngas production with co-SOEC, combined with various CO2 sourcing alternatives. The maturity of the technology components along the production value chain will also be evaluated in the study.

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H2 Green Steel raises more than €4 billion in debt financing for the world’s first large-scale green steel plant with integrated green hydrogen production 

H2 Green Steel signs definitive debt financing agreements for €4.2 billion in project financing and increases the previously announced equity raised by €300 million. Total equity funding to date amounts to €2.1 billion. The company has also been awarded a €250 million grant from the EU Innovation Fund. H2 Green Steel has now secured funding of close to €6.5 billion for the world’s first large-scale green steel plant in Northern Sweden.

The construction of the flagship green steel plant in Boden, with integrated green hydrogen and green iron production, is well under way. The supply contracts for the hydrogen-, iron- and steel equipment are in place. A large portion of the electricity needed has been secured in long-term power purchase agreements, and half of the initial yearly volumes of 2.5 million tonnes of near zero steel have been sold in binding five- to seven-year customer agreements.  

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BMW Plant Munich will be able to accommodate hydrogen vehicle production should the necessity arise

Much like Toyota and Honda, BMW believes hydrogen can play an important role in the future of the car industry in the context of curbing emissions, the BMW blog reported. It’s currently testing a fleet of nearly 100 iX5 prototypes all over the world, its latest effort in its hydrogen ambitions that started in the late 1970s with an E12 5 Series prototype.

In addition, it has said its Neue Klasse platform is being developed to support not just battery-powered electric vehicles but also EVs equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell. Speaking with Top Gear magazine, BMW board member Milan Nedeljković revealed the Munich plant will be able to accommodate hydrogen vehicle production should the necessity arise.

BMW Plant Munich will start the assembly of a Neue Klasse model in 2026 with a 3 Series-sized electric sedan. By the end of 2027, all vehicles manufactured there are going to be EVs. It’ll be the company’s first factory to switch entirely to electric cars. Currently, the facility produces about 1,000 cars each day, from the 3 Series and 4 Series lineups. The family includes not only the M3 Sedan/Touring and M4 models but also the 4 Series Gran Coupe-based i4.


Lhyfe and EDP Renewables signed a 15 years contract for the supply of electricity to hydrogen generation projects in Germany 

Lhyfe, one of the world’s pioneers in green and renewable hydrogen production, and EDP Renewables, a global leader in the development of renewable energy, announced the signing of a 15-year renewable electricity supply contract or Corporate Power Purchase Agreement (CPPA).

Under this 15-year PPA, Lhyfe will buy renewable energy generated by a 39 MWac (55 MWp) solar project in Germany developed by EDPR, through Kronos Solar EDPR, that is expected to be connected to the grid during 2025.

This PPA is the first materialization of the industrial agreement between the two companies, in which it was agreed that EDPR will supply renewable electricity to Lhyfe’s hydrogen generation projects and both companies will identify opportunities for the co-development of projects to decarbonize challenging sectors where electrification is not feasible. 

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GE Vernova and IHI announce next phase of the technology roadmap aiming to develop a 100% ammonia capable gas turbine combustion system by 2030

GE Vernova’s Gas Power business and IHI Corporation (IHI) announced the recent signing of a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) to progress to the next phase of technology and engineering for the development of a new gas turbine combustor capable of using ammonia as a viable fuel option for power generation compatible with GE Vernova’s 6F.03, 7F and 9F gas turbines.

This collaboration is a follow-up to earlier MOUs between the companies and builds upon IHI’s successful development of a 2-megawatt (MW) gas turbine using 100% liquid ammonia. This first of its kind project reduced greenhouse gases including nitrous oxide (N2O) generated by more than 99% with the combustion of ammonia.

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DREAMH2AUL project started to converse the diesel trucks to hydrogen-electric for Europe’s roads

A new phase of the DREAMH2AUL project has arrived: the conversion of the trucks to hydrogen-electric has officially started. In the coming period, we will share regular updates, going deeper into the different steps in this conversion process.

With the two donor trucks now in the workshop, we are concluding the engineering phase. The main result is the innovative design that combines a significant zero emission range with a comfortable sleeper cab. The trucks, the ‘ Europa’, are optimised for the European market. They are the first of their kind and are intended as an alternative to diesel trucks in long-distance transport. The trucks make smart use of existing European legislation and are allowed to tow conventional 13.6m ISO trailers or 45-foot containers, and are thus ready to raise the bar in heavy road transport. The trucks will be deployed by Vos Transport Group and BCTN Network of Inland Terminals

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Wolftank Group wins multi-million contract for new hydrogen filling station in South Tyrol

Wolftank Group, which specializes in energy and environmental technologies, announced, that it has been awarded the contract for the planning and construction of a new hydrogen (H2) refueling station in Bolzano as a technology partner in a bidding consortium with Gemmo SpA. The tender was worth a total of EUR 5.1 million, around half of which will go to Wolftank. This facility will be specially designed for the hydrogen buses of Südtiroler Verkehrs AG (SASA) and will supplement the existing filling station built by Wolftank Group in 2021.

Hyperfuel Labs Launches the World’s First Industrial-Scale Testbed and Accelerator for Hydrogen Startups

Hyperfuel Labs, a new venture founded by MIT and Harvard alumni, announced  the launch of its industrial-scale testbed and first-of-a-kind (FOAK) accelerator for hydrogen startups, which will provide a unique platform for validating, scaling, and commercializing innovative hydrogen solutions.

AM Green Ties Up With Envision Energy for Wind Turbines and Green Hydrogen Projects

Envision Energy International, and AM Green, a hydrogen and green ammonia venture wholly owned and controlled by the founders of Greenko Group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to partner in the manufacture of wind turbines for AM Green’s clean energy projects in India and to collaborate on green hydrogen projects. The MOU was signed during the World Economic Forum’s Annual Summit in Davos, Switzerland.

AM Green and Envision will harness complementary capabilities to manufacture, supply and service wind turbines in India specific to AM Green’s wind turbine requirements in the country. AM Green, through its customers, will look to commit to offtake of at least 2GW of capacity per year over the next three years. The wind turbines will supply energy to produce renewable green molecules.

Infinium and Amogy Team Up to Spearhead Green Ammonia and eFuels Solutions Based On Hydrogen

Leading eFuels provider Infinium and Amogy Inc. (“Amogy”), a pioneer of carbon-free, energy-dense power solutions, have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore opportunities to integrate their technologies and develop commercial applications across the eFuels and green ammonia value chain. Infinium and Amogy are also exploring collaborations with both Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group and SK Innovation for deployment of the integrated solution.

To accelerate the decarbonization of heavy industry sectors, the companies will jointly study and identify the most suitable applications to deploy their eFuels and green ammonia solutions. A key focus of this collaboration is the potential integration of Amogy’s ammonia-cracking technology to provide low-cost, accessible green hydrogen feedstock as an input to produce Infinium’s eFuels.

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Expro Awarded Contract With INPEX for clean hydrogen production demonstration project

Energy services provider, Expro Group Holdings N.V. , has secured a new Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) contract with INPEX Corporation for the Kashiwazaki Clean Hydrogen/Ammonia project which is Japan’s first clean hydrogen production demonstration project.

Expro’s work scope, will include the delivery of tubular running services for multiple sections of casing, liner and tubing across a 12-month period. This comprehensive scope covers one production well, one injection well, and one monitoring well. The company’s range of technologies for handling and running tubulars is designed to enable safe and efficient operations, while providing maximum protection to downhole equipment.

Expro’s Chief Operating Officer, Alistair Geddes said “Expro’s long-standing relationship with INPEX, supported by our expertise in tubular running services, played a pivotal role in securing this contract.

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Green Hydrogen Systems reached a revenue of DKK 42 million In 2023

Green Hydrogen Systems, a provider of standardised, modular, pressurised alkaline electrolysers meant for the production of green hydrogen solely based on renewable energy, announces unaudited key figures for 2023 and guidance for 2024.

  • Revenue from customer contracts of DKK 42 million (guidance: DKK 30 to 45 million) compared to DKK 10 million in 2022
  • EBITDA of DKK -268 million (guidance: DKK -280 to -240 million) compared to DKK –249 million in 2022
  • CAPEX of DKK 279 million (guidance: DKK 270 to 300 million) compared to DKK 335 million in 2022
  • Total order backlog of 15 MW compared to 13 MW by the end of 2022

With continued momentum in customer deliveries of A-Series and encouraging progress in the X-Series prototype test programme, Green Hydrogen Systems is able to announce full-year guidance for 2024.

In 2024, revenue is expected in the range of DKK 110 to 150 million. The guidance revenue range for 2024 is based on executing the current order backlog while allowing for new orders. No revenue from the X-Series is currently included in the 2024 guidance, as the X-Series prototype testing and validation is progressing well, with the first orders expected to be signed in 2024.

EBITDA for 2024 is expected in the range of DKK -220 to -260 million, driven by gross profits increase and continued costs in the commercial set-up and R&D activities primarily related to the X-Series product.

H2SEA carries out assessment on monopile based structures for hydrogen WTG

In co-operation with Delft University of Technology, H2SEA has carried out a structural assessment of monopile-based support structures for offshore hydrogen WTG’s (Wind Turbine Generators).

The goal of the research was to define the differences in support structure geometry and assess the changes in the design methodology of an offshore wind turbine support structure, including a decentralized hydrogen production platform. Looking into future developments, a 15 MW reference turbine was selected for a water depth of 45 m in the F3 sector of the North Sea.

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Stralis Aircraft:The  first on-hydrogen-electric aircraft spin of an electric motor

Stralis Aircraft, the Brisbane based company pioneering green hydrogen-electric aircraft, has reached a milestone with its first successful on-aircraft spin of an electric motor during a groundbreaking test.

The trial conducted at Brisbane Airport, signifies a critical advancement in the journey by Stralis towards conducting the inaugural test flight slated for later in 2024. 

Progress by Stralis as a leading Australian cleantech company is starting to garner attention on the world stage, with its CEO recently invited to The White House in Washington DC as part of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s official US State Visit in October and to COP28 in Dubai in December. 

The company’s innovative approach involves utilising a Bonanza A36-HE as a test platform, paving the way for the retrofit of a 15-seat Beech 1900D aircraft intended for the first passenger flights between #BrisbaneAirport and Gladstone Airport in 2026, operated by launch customer Skytrans Airlines. 

The Bonanza A36 fuselage has been retrofitted with a hydrogen-electric propulsion system which completed high-power engine testing in December and provides the foundation for Stralis Aircraft’s planned flight testing in southeast Queensland later this year in another Bonanza A36, known as “Bonnie”.

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Finnish Hycamite has begun construction of the new Customer Sample Facility building 

The construction phase at Kokkola Industrial Park (KIP) was launched after receiving all the necessary permits from the authorities. No appeals were received by the end of the appeal period. The orders for the equipment have already been placed in 2023.

Hycamite’s CSF is intended to demonstrate the viability of the new methane-splitting technology. Hycamite’s technology decomposes large volumes of methane into its component elements– hydrogen and carbon—while avoiding the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The nominal capacity of the CSF will reach 2,000 tons of hydrogen and 6,000 tons of high-quality carbon per year once the project is fully completed.

The new CSF will be built near the Hycamite headquarters and the small test facility. KIP is northern Europe’s largest ecosystem of the inorganic chemical industry, where several companies leading in the chemical and metal processing industries operate. 

Launch of MemKoWI in Dillingen – Separation of CO2 and hydrogen from industrial gases

In the BMWK project Membrane processes for the separation of carbon dioxide and hydrogen from industrial gases – MemKoWI – nine partners from industry and science are developing innovative gas separation processes for a modern and sustainable industrial society.

The test plant developed by the Helmholtz Centre Hereon at the Institute for Membrane Research (Hereon) for the separation of CO2 from industrial gases using membrane processes was successfully connected to the Aktien-Gesellschaft der Dillinger Hüttenwerke (Dillinger) on the site of the blast furnace gas power plant in Dillingen, the Dillinger announced.

All functional tests of the various test variants planned as part of the MemKoWI multi-partner project funded by the BMWK were then successfully completed.

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thyssenkrupp Steel has announced a tender for the supply of 143,000 t renewable hydrogen

thyssenkrupp Steel is launching a tender for its hydrogen requirements for CO2-reduced steel production using the direct reduction process, the company announced.

The upcoming tender concerns the supply of renewable hydrogen in accordance with the requirements defined on the basis of the (EU) Renewable Energy Directive and low-carbon hydrogen in accordance with the applicable provisions for reducing CO2 emissions. The annual delivery volume is expected to be 5,600,000 MWh HHV / 143,000 t, starting with a reduced volume in 2028.

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