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Hydrogen Newsletter 18-25 March

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

thyssenkrupp signs a contract to connect its plant to the GET H2 hydrogen network

thyssenkrupp Steel’s steelworks in Duisburg is to be connected to the GET H2 network, which is to become part of the planned German hydrogen network, as early as 2028, the the GET H2 announced. The transmission system operators Nowega, OGE and Thyssengas have now signed an implementation contract with the steel manufacturer. thyssenkrupp plans to convert steel production in Duisburg to green hydrogen in the future and thus reduce CO2 emissions by up to 3.5 million tonnes per year with the construction of a first direct reduction plant with smelters. The pipelines link the site in Duisburg-Walsum with the GET H2 network and the Dutch import routes via the Vlieghuis border crossing point.

The GET H2 pipeline coming from Lingen will be extended via a new 40-kilometre pipeline from Dorsten to Duisburg-Walsum, where it will connect to the steelworks.

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Taiwan’s Kaori Ltd builds plant to manufacture Enapter’s AEM electrolysers

Taoyuan City-based Kaori Heat Treatment Co., Ltd. is a leading global brazed plate heat exchanger manufacturer. The Taiwanese company already entered the hydrogen industry in 2008 and has been specialised in H2 generation reactors, purification and power generation system integration since then.

“Moving to electrolysis, Enapter’s AEM technology was the first choice for its flexibility, friendly interface and stability,” says Victor Hsu, Kaori Ltd.’s Director of Advanced Energy division.

The National Formosa University in central Taiwan hosts one of their first AEM Electrolyser projects. The purpose of the project is to pilot and demonstrate the utilisation of renewable energy, green hydrogen and fuel cell power generation to support the future scale-up of backup and distributed power generation applications.

Supplied by excess renewables from a 9kW PV system and 3kW of wind power, an AEM Electrolyser system produces onsite green hydrogen once the battery as a short-term storage is fully loaded. An Enapter dryer ensures fuel cell grade H2 purity of 99.999%.

The produced hydrogen is then stored at the electrolyser’s outlet pressure of up to 35 bar and can be converted back into electricity using a 5kW fuel cell.

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Celanese Achieves ISCC CFC Certification for Low Carbon Methanol Derived with Hydrogen 

As part of its Fairway Methanol joint venture with Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Celanese Corporation announced that the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) has certified its Low Carbon CCU (carbon capture and utilization) Methanol under the ISCC Carbon Footprint Certification (CFC) system. The newly certified Low Carbon CCU Methanol demonstrates a greater than 70% reduction in carbon footprint relative to a global average benchmark for fossil-based methanol production, as included in EU legislation.

Celanese began operating one of the largest active CCU facilities in the world at its Clear Lake, Texas, site in January 2024. By leveraging CCU, Celanese now offers customers low-carbon options across its Acetyl Chain and Engineered Materials products under the ECO-CC name. CCU takes CO2 industrial emissions that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere and applies reduced-carbon-intensity hydrogen to chemically convert the captured CO2 into a methanol building block used for downstream production.

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Enagás general shareholders’ meeting backs the company’commitment to green hydrogen

The Enagás general shareholders’ meeting, held  in Madrid both in person and online, endorsed the company’s commitment to renewable hydrogen, endorsed the company’s commitment to renewable hydrogen and approved all the items on the agenda by a large majority, the company announced.

The CEO, Arturo Gonzalo, stressed that “through green hydrogen, Enagás will play a key role in the fight against climate change, a global challenge whose urgency becomes more evident with each passing day”. He added that “the answer to global warming cannot wait and that is why renewable hydrogen has to happen now”.

Enagás CEO Arturo Gonzalo said that the total estimated gross investment in Spain for projects submitted to Projects of Common Interest (PCI) will be 5.9 billion euros: 4.9 billion in the Spanish hydrogen infrastructure and 1 billion euros attributable to the Spanish part of H2med.

He stressed that, considering European funding, Enagás’ estimated net investment in hydrogen infrastructures will be 3.2 billion euros, to be developed mainly between 2027 and 2030, in a stage of growth in which the company “will become a company of the future with a key role in the new decarbonised economy”.

During his speech, the CEO also highlighted that, before 29 April, the company will present to the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge a proposal for a hydrogen backbone for Spain, with a ten-year horizon.

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Hynion and Toyota Norge to drive the infrastructure for hydrogen in Norway

Toyota Norge and Hynion are now expanding their cooperation, and Toyota is stepping in with operating support to contribute to Hynion’s costs for the hydrogen refueling station at Høvik. The aid will be used for necessary plant upgrades and other improvements that will increase the capacity and the availability of hydrogen at the station.

Toyota is the car manufacturer that has come the furthest in the development of passenger cars with fuel cells that run on hydrogen. They launched their first hydrogen-powered fuel cell car, the Mirai, in 2014 and today it is in operation in many countries and continues to be sold on the global market.

Despite Norway’s official investment in hydrogen, the expansion of the infrastructure has been slow. Currently, there is only one public hydrogen refueling station in use in the whole of Norway, and it is Hynion’s station at Høvik outside Oslo. Hynion is also awaiting re-certification of its hydrogen refueling station in Porsgrunn, while looking at opportunities for the establishment of new hydrogen refueling stations.

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Regionalverkehr Köln GmbH  bought 20 more  hydrogen-powered buses from Solaris 

The public transport operator in Cologne, Regionalverkehr Köln GmbH (RVK), has once again chosen our company as the supplier of hydrogen-powered buses, the Solaris announced. 

After delivery, the hydrogen fleet in Cologne will number 84 Solaris buses.

There are already 64 Solaris hydrogen buses – from several previous orders – in passenger service in Cologne or in delivery process. Solaris is now adding an order for additional 20 hydrogen buses, including 11 in an articulated version. The delivery of the newly ordered buses is scheduled for the first half of 2025. The continued investment in hydrogen-based public transportation confirms Cologne’s commitment to the development of hydrogen technology, which is becoming the foundation for the city’s public transportation system.

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Amogy and W-Industries teams up to develop applications for the technology of cracking liquid ammonia

Amogy, a provider of mature, scalable and efficient ammonia-to-power solutions, announced today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with W-Industries, a provider of engineering, technology, manufacturing, construction and services, to explore opportunities for technology and engineering collaboration.

Amogy’s innovative ammonia-to-electrical power system splits, or “cracks,” liquid ammonia into its base elements of hydrogen and nitrogen, and then funnels the hydrogen into a fuel cell, generating high-performance power at five times the energy density of lithium batteries. This technology offers a sustainable, clean energy solution tailored for industries such as maritime shipping and power generation.

Together, Amogy and W-Industries will explore opportunities for efficiently scaling the design and fabrication of modularized and containerized variants of Amogy’s products. This includes the establishment of a joint commissioning and service-support structure for future projects and product deployments.

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Lancaster Commission Approves Element Resources Green Hydrogen Production Facility

The City of Lancaster, California, is proud to announce that the Lancaster Planning Commission has approved Element Resources’ Lancaster Clean Energy Center—a renewable hydrogen production facility utilizing photovoltaic (PV) solar for its power supply.

In 2023, the City of Lancaster and Element Resources announced a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize their partnership. The Lancaster Clean Energy Center is only one step in a long plan to collaborate on developing Lancaster’s renewable hydrogen infrastructure, supplying hydrogen locally, and working with other partners to expand the broader hydrogen supply chain. Beyond this, the energy center will bring about 35 new high-paying, permanent jobs to the people of Lancaster and hundreds of highly skilled union positions during the construction phase.

The center will be divided into two sites: the first at 442 acres and the second at 896 acres. Six-hundred-fifty megawatts (MW) of ground-mounted PV solar arrays will power the center with an additional 330 MWh of long-duration battery energy storage to provide power during times of low solar output. The renewable hydrogen production plant will incorporate 400 MWe of hydrogen production and liquefied and gaseous hydrogen storage. On-site, there will be two cylindrical tanks and three spherical liquified hydrogen storage tanks, facilities for filling hydrogen transport trailers and zero-emission hydrogen vehicles and trucks, control and office buildings, warehouse and service buildings, and cooling towers.

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Universal Hydrogen announced that it is designing a 2MW hydrogen powertrain for aircraft 

“We reveal powertrain architecture for our 2MW hydrogen powertrain. We’ve achieved a groundbreaking 1 MW powertrain ground test and successfully flown the 1 MW Powertrain fueled by gaseous hydrogen. Now, our engineering teams are designing a 2MW powertrain, pushing the boundaries of innovation in zero-emission aviation”, the  Universal Hydrogen, headquartered in California, announced in its LinkedIn.

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Polish Polsat Plus Group aims to produce green hydrogen in Konin

Group’s hydrogen cars have driven their first million kilometers

Hydrogen cars owned by the Polsat Plus Group have driven one million kilometers, the company said. Polsat Plus Group company PAK PCE will soon start producing green hydrogen in Konin, which will be supplied to hydrogen refueling stations. Stations from the Polsat Plus Group under the NESO brand are already operating in Warsaw and Rybnik, with plans to build more in several Polish cities. The Polsat Plus Group also manufactures NesoBus hydrogen buses at its factory in Świdnik, which are running in Rybnik, and more have been ordered by Chelm and Gdansk.

The Polsat Plus Group already has more than 150 hydrogen electric cars – Toyota Mirai and Hyundai Nexo. The vehicles have driven their first million kilometers in recent days.

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Chart Industries and GasLog Partner on Large Scale Liquid Hydrogen Deployment

Chart Industries, Inc.  announced its collaboration with GasLog LNG Services Ltd. to study the development of a commercial scale liquid hydrogen (LH2) supply chain leveraging GasLog’s latest developments of a liquid hydrogen vessel and Chart’s extensive experience in cryogenics and large-scale liquefaction solutions for the global distribution of LH2.

This collaboration aims to support GasLog’s participation in recently announced projects to develop a commercial scale LH2 supply chain from export markets in the Middle East to European and Asian destinations for onward distribution by liquid transportation and/or gas via pipelines to various end users.

Chart will leverage its over 158 years of hydrogen experience for this collaboration through hydrogen compression, liquefaction and refrigeration technologies, and cryogenic loading/unloading operations, amongst other products.

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First Graphene has completed a cproject to develop low-cost electrocatalysts for hydrogen production

First Graphene Limited announced that it has completed a 12-month project in the United Kingdom to develop low-cost, high- performing electrocatalysts for hydrogen production. 

Electrocatalysts are materials that reduce the energy required and subsequently speed up the rate of hydrogen and oxygen production when splitting water by electrolysis. They are essential for the economic production of ‘green hydrogen’.

Current state-of-the-art electrocatalysts use high-cost rare metals such as iridium and ruthenium, which drives up operating costs and hinders adoption of water electrolysis for the manufacture of ‘green hydrogen’.

Supported by A$183,000 in funding from Innovate UK, the project trialled production of graphene enhanced water-splitting electrocatalysts.

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Louis Dreyfus Armateurs has been developing a liquid hydrogen SOV concept

Together with Salt Ship Design teams, and in relation with key stakeholders (main equipment suppliers, class and flag authorities, fuel providers, among others), Louis Dreyfus Armateurs has been developing a full liquid hydrogen-based SOV design, the company announced.

The liquid-H2 SOV, currently in the concept design phase, will be able to operate 95% of the time with zero carbon emission, with vessel only releasing water during standard operations. This would have a huge positive impact on offshore windfarm operations-related emissions, by preventing the release of about 4.000t of CO2 per year. 

The vessel will display best-in-class CSOV operability footprint, up to 90 technicians onboard, together with 14-days endurance at sea without requiring additional offshore facility, nor heavy port infrastructure. 

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TotalEnergies Joins Coalition Supporting the Development of e-NG Produced from Hydrogen

TotalEnergies is joining seven major companies to create an international coalition supporting the development of production and use of e-natural gas (e-NG), a synthetic natural gas produced from renewable hydrogen and CO2, the company announced.

e-NG can be transported and/or liquefied and then sold like natural gas, using existing infrastructure. It thus can be used by end customers without any adaptation to their facilities, making it a particularly interesting synthetic fuel to support their decarbonization efforts.

TotalEnergies and its partners – Engie, Mitsubishi Corporation, Osaka Gas, Sempra Infrastructure, TES, Tokyo Gas and Toho Gas – are pooling their expertise and efforts to establish the “e-NG Coalition”, whose purpose is to support e-NG development in a reliable, affordable and sustainable way.

TotalEnergies is currently studying the “Live Oak e-NG” project with Tree Energy Solutions (TES), to produce 100,000 to 200,000 tons of e-NG per year in the United States by 2030. The e-NG Coalition will therefore benefit from the expertise TotalEnergies acquires through this project, as well as its expertise in renewable power generation, large-scale project management, gas liquefaction, and green hydrogen project development.

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Google, Microsoft, and Nucor announce a new initiative advancing clean energy technologies including hydrogen

Google LLC, Microsoft Corporation, and Nucor Corporation  announced they will work together across the electricity ecosystem to develop new business models and aggregate their demand for advanced clean electricity technologies. These models will be designed to accelerate the development of first-of-a-kind (FOAK) and early commercial projects, including advanced nuclear, next-generation geothermal, clean hydrogen, long-duration energy storage (LDES) and others. As a first step, the companies will issue an RFI in several US regions for potential projects in need of offtake, and encourage technology providers, developers, investors, utilities and others interested in responding to get in touch here.

The companies will initially focus on proving out the demand aggregation and procurement model through advanced technology pilot projects in the United States. The companies will pilot a project delivery framework focused on three enabling levers for early commercial projects: signing offtake agreements for technologies that are still early on the cost curve, bringing a clear customer voice to policymakers and other stakeholders on broader long-term ecosystem improvements, and developing new enabling tariff structures in partnership with energy providers and utilities. 

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Lion obtains development approval for its Port of Brisbane Hydrogen Hub

Lion Energy Limited announced  it has obtained development approval from the State Assessment and Referral Agency (“SARA”), the relevant planning agency of the Queensland State Government, for its hydrogen generation and refuelling hub (“Hydrogen Hub”) project located at 6 Howard Smith Drive, Port of Brisbane. PoB facility construction to commence in Q2 2024, commissioning expected in 2H 2024

The Decision Notice advises that the Development Application is Approved, subject to conditions. In conjunction with this Development Approval, Lion has been issued an Environmental Authority Permit P-EA-100510872 to produce more than 200t of Hydrogen per year.

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ABB signs agreement to support major Power-to-X green hydrogen project in the US

ABB is collaborating with Green Hydrogen International (GHI) on a project to develop a major green hydrogen facility in south Texas, United States. As part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) ABB’s automation, electrification and digital technology will be assessed for deployment at GHI’s Hydrogen City project. The Power-to-X facility will use solar and onshore wind energy to power a 2.2 GW electrolyzer plant to produce 280,000 tons of green hydrogen per year, which will be turned into one million tons of green ammonia annually.

The project will utilize underground salt cavern storage, which is seen as an efficient way to store large volumes of hydrogen onshore1. The planned storage of up to 24,000 tons of green hydrogen will help balance out the intermittency of the renewable energy sources powering the operation and allow for a lower levelized cost of hydrogen.A 120-kilometer pipeline to the nearby Corpus Christi energy port, approximately 300 kilometers southwest of Houston, will transport the green hydrogen to an ammonia production facility for conversion and subsequent global export to serve demand in Europe and Asia.

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MOL, Idemitsu, HIF Team up to Develop Supply Chain of E-fuel Produced by Synthesizing Hydrogen 

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the joint development of a synthetic fuel (e-fuel)/synthetic methanol (e-methanol) supply chain including CO2 marine transport with Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd. and HIF USA LLC and HIF Asia Pacific Pty Limited (HIF), subsidiaries of HIF Global, a leading worldwide producer of synthetic fuels/synthetic methanol.

Synthetic fuels and synthetic methanol are produced by synthesizing green hydrogen derived from renewable energy sources and CO2. The entire lifecycle of the product, from production to use of the final product, is expected to significantly reduce carbon emissions, and is positioned for swift commercialization.

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TECO 2030 Receives AiP from DNV for Onboard Compressed Hydrogen Fuel Systems

TECO 2030 announced that it has received an additional Approval in Principle (AiP) from DNV regarding compressed hydrogen fuel systems. The Approval in Principle granted by DNV comes with no showstopper conditions, affirming the viability and safety of TECO 2030’s compressed hydrogen fuel system design. These systems are designed to be applicable for all ship types

and encompass essential components such as the bunkering system, inerted tank connection space, fuel storage hold space, fuel supply system (including pressure control), and gas relief system.

TECO 2030’s commitment to safety and innovation is further underscored by the adherence to the alternative design approach outlined in MSC.1 – Circ.1455 for the final approval of the systems onboard vessels. This approach ensures rigorous evaluation and compliance with industry standards, enhancing confidence

in the reliability and efficiency of the technology.

Prior to construction and installation onboard any specific vessel subject to classification, TECO 2030 will provide a complete set of documentation tailored to the particular ship. This documentation will undergo thorough review and

approval by DNV in accordance with established classification procedures, ensuring adherence to the highest standards of quality and safety.

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Chart Industries Awarded Order for Hydrogen Liquefier, Liquid Hydrogen Transports and ISO Containers from Element Resources

Chart Industries, Inc. announces an order from Element Resources Inc (“Element”) for its Lancaster Clean Energy Center (LCEC), a major renewable green hydrogen production facility located in the City of Lancaster, California.

At the LCEC, Element will produce over 20,000 tons of renewable green hydrogen annually through its first phase, making it one of the largest green hydrogen projects in the state.   The LCEC, which is targeted to begin commercial operations in 2026, will operate off-grid, using dedicated photo voltaic (PV) solar to power Element’s electrolyzers to produce zero-emission, renewable hydrogen.   The increased hydrogen production capacity will serve the growing demand for clean mobility fuels as well as clean energy for manufacturing.

Element Resources is purchasing hydrogen liquefaction plants from Chart, utilizing Chart’s hydrogen refrigeration technology, cold box design, and the associated rotating equipment.   This order above includes Chart’s supply of the hydrogen liquefaction system, liquid hydrogen storage tanks, and trailer loadout bays as well as liquid hydrogen transports and ISO Containers.   Hydrogen compression for storage, distribution and heavy duty fueling is also included in this order.

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Fraunhofer IEG with its partners has published a new report on the financing of Germany’s hydrogen network

Pipelines will be the backbone of the sustainable hydrogen economy in the future. The so-called core network will connect the major consumers, producers and import ports. The development of such an infrastructure is of overriding public interest. But how robust is the financing of the hydrogen core network? The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy commissioned the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Energy Infrastructures and Geothermal Energy IEG, the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, ConGas and Consentec to prepare an expert report to answer this question.

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First Hydrogen completed hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle trials in winter conditions 

First Hydrogen Corp. announced that it has successfully completed hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle (FCEV) trials with gas distribution network Wales & West Utilities (WWU). WWU is exploring zero emissions vehicle technology to suit its operational requirements and the trials provided the transport team with the opportunity to experience the benefits of the Company’s FCEV first-hand.

The company’s FCEV completed more than 2,000 km (>1,200 miles) over the four-week trial, travelling up to 189 km (117 miles) per day in some of South Wales’ coldest conditions. The FCEV vehicle demonstrated its’ capability for demanding duties, such as carrying heavier payloads, towing and powering auxiliary equipment (onboard power), as well as, the full power capability of the fuel cell module, with outputs higher than 60kW in transient accelerations. The trial had already shown there was no decrease in vehicle performance or range when operating in colder temperatures. The data recorded will provide great insight into the FCEV’s performance in winter conditions.

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Zero Petroleum intends to develop hydrogen-based synthetic fuel production in Australia

Zero Petroleum, the world’s leading producer of synthetic fuel has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the South Australian Government to explore investment opportunities in the country, the Office of Hydrogen Power South Australia announced. 

Zero is exploring opportunities for the rapid deployment of a revolutionary synthetic fuel plant in South Australia, with production commencing as soon as 2026.

Zero’s proposed commercial-scale production plant would combine the company’s technology with green hydrogen, renewable power and carbon capture, potentially leading to the provision of fossil-free fuels to be used in existing combustion engines, including high performance machines, transport infrastructure and aviation.

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Lantania leads project to produce green hydrogen from wastewater

The Spain infrastructure, water, and energy group Lantania is leading the development of the HYLIOS research project, which aims to find a sustainable and efficient solution for the production of green hydrogen, the company announced. Through new technological developments, HYLIOS aims to transform Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTP) into energy-efficient factories that recycle their resources. Specifically, the project will seek innovative solutions for the sustainable and efficient generation of green hydrogen through photocatalytic wastewater treatment.

The group is coordinating the multidisciplinary consortium, formed by the companies Lantania Aguas and Ansasol, along with the research organisations: Industrial Technology Centre of Castilla La Mancha (ITECAM), Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ), as well as the IMDEA Energy Institute, which is developing HYLIOS. The initiative, which will be carried out over the next three years, has a budget of close to one million euros.

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