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HYDROGEN NEWSLETTER 25 March -1 April 

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

Universal Hydrogen reveals  e-Turbo-Compressor for fuel cell  2MW powertrain of aircraft 

Universal Hydrogen reveals its custom e-Turbo-Compressor, made in partnership with R&D Dynamics, which is designed to operate fuel cell  2MW powertrain at altitudes up to 25,000 ft.

“ We have integrated onto a test rig, which will enable us to validate the control interfaces and to demonstrate our in-house active fuel cell humidifier concept, which will be smaller and lighter than current off the shelf humidifiers”. 

At full power, the e-Turbo-Compressor will flow more air than 6 sports cars combined, the company stated. 

Press release https://shorturl.at/bcnr2

ULEMCo to Convert Automobile GPU to Run on a Diesel-hydrogen Mixture for Airport 

“We’re proud to have been awarded a Transport Research and Innovation Grant for a groundbreaking hydrogen project: using similar technology to that which has seen us converting many road-going utility vehicles to run on clean hydrogen fuel, in this project we’ll be taking a diesel GPU (Ground Power Unit) used daily by Exeter Airport, and converting it to run on a mixture of diesel and hydrogen”, the ULEMCo (headquartered in Liverpool) announced.

“We expect to displace around 50% of the diesel used within the engine with hydrogen – resulting in a direct saving of 50% in CO2 emitted at the tailpipe.Just one of the ways our dual fuel technology is helping to deliver net-zero in airport operations, while increasing hydrogen demand as hydrogen infrastructure grows”, the company stated.

Press release https://shorturl.at/hiIL9

50 MW green hydrogen project in Neumünster

  • With an electrolysis capacity of 50 MW, the hub can produce up to 5,000 tonnes of green hydrogen per year
  • The hub features a globally unique sustainable value chain for green hydrogen production
  • Potential customers include regional industrial and mobility companies and hydrogen refuelling station for trucks

A lighthouse project for the production of green hydrogen is to be built in Neumünster. INFENER CEO Joel Vogl and Senior Mayor Tobias Bergmann gave the go-ahead for the realisation of the INFENER hub at a press conference. The planned hub is set to produce up to 5,000 tonnes of green hydrogen per year from 2026 with an installed electrolysis capacity of 50 megawatts (MW). Other plants currently produce an average of around 1,500 tonnes. The holistic approach is also unique, making the hub a showcase project for the decentralised hydrogen circular economy.

“With this project, we are consolidating our reputation as the hydrogen capital of Schleswig-Holstein. Architecturally, the plant will be an eye-catcher and it is also economically important for our city, as the plant’s headquarters will be in Neumünster. Following the decision by the main committee to reserve the site for INFENER, I am confident that the council will follow suit next Tuesday. This is a great success for the energy transition in our region,” declares Senior Mayor Tobias Bergmann.

The design was created by the Hamburg-based architecture and design firm Hadi Teherani. Construction of the facility on a 29,000 square metre site is scheduled to start this year. The costs are expected to total 133 million euros.

Press release https://shorturl.at/knD36

£69 million boost for hydrogen at Cranfield

Cranfield University will spearhead the research and development of the first major hydrogen technology hub to demonstrate the potential of hydrogen as a net zero aviation fuel, the University announced.

The £69 million investment creating the Cranfield Hydrogen Integration Incubator (CH2i) is the largest financial injection for research that Cranfield University has ever secured. £23 million comes from Research England’s Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF), with a further £46 million committed from industry partners and academic institutions.

CH2i will include three large infrastructure elements:

1. Hydrogen Integration Research Centre – extending an existing facility, this will include new labs for advanced materials synthesis and testing for hydrogen-based technologies, analytical laboratories and a dedicated innovation area to develop next generation hydrogen pilot plant demonstration, electrolysis, catalyst development and green hydrogen.

2. Enabling Hydrogen Innovation (Test Area) – investment into two separate test bed facilities, able to support hydrogen and liquid hydrogen activity, fuel systems, storage and propulsion system integration at mid- and high-technology readiness levels.

3. Development of Cranfield Airport’s infrastructure, increasing its capability for safe operation and testing of future demonstrator hydrogen-powered aviation.

The funding will also provide new equipment, project management and staffing to support the project.

Press release https://shorturl.at/mrwGQ

Stanlow Terminals to develop a new import terminal for green ammonia in Liverpool

Stanlow Terminals Ltd has announced they are to develop a major new open access import terminal for green ammonia in the Port of Liverpool. The new terminal, which will be an expansion of Stanlow Terminal’s existing facilities, will provide the connecting infrastructure to enable significant volumes of green ammonia to be imported into the UK.  The new terminal will enable the import and storage of more than one million tonnes per year of green ammonia for onwards distribution into the UK or conversion back to green hydrogen for supply to the North West’s industrial customers.

The green hydrogen produced will be used by a wide range of industries in the region, including as a sustainable fuel for marine shipping and to help decarbonise energy usage and, in doing so, contribute significantly to the UK’s net zero ambitions.  

Once operational, the new terminal will put Stanlow Terminals at the heart of the global hydrogen energy market, with ready access to large scale international green ammonia imports. This can include imports from Essar Energy Transition’s own 1 GW green ammonia project in Gujarat, India.

The new terminal will be advantageously located within Stanlow Terminal’s existing facilities, where it will benefit from the Port of Liverpool’s unique combination of competitive geographical location, deep water access and maritime infrastructure which is capable of handling the largest gas carrier vessels. 

The terminal will also benefit from direct connectivity with Hynet, the UK’s leading low carbon hydrogen project in terms of scale and speed to market.

Feasibility studies are currently being undertaken, with the terminal currently scheduled to commence operations in 2027.

Press release https://shorturl.at/EKUVW

ATA: forcing zero-emission vehicles will limit choice to unproven battery and hydrogen technologies

The trucking industry says new emission standards for heavy-duty trucks announced  by the Biden Administration have unachievable targets and will carry real consequences for the U.S. supply chain and movement of freight throughout the economy, the American Trucking Association announced.

“ATA opposes this rule in its current form because the post-2030 targets remain entirely unachievable given the current state of zero-emission technology, the lack of charging infrastructure and restrictions on the power grid,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “Given the wide range of operations required of our industry to keep the economy running, a successful emission regulation must be technology neutral and cannot be one-size-fits-all. Any regulation that fails to account for the operational realities of trucking will set the industry and America’s supply chain up for failure.”

Press release https://shorturl.at/byLNW

Hydrogen storage facility in Rüdersdorf can be connected to the hydrogen core network

ONTRAS Gastransport intends to connect the Rüdersdorf gas storage site of the energy service provider EWE to the emerging hydrogen launch grid in eastern Germany, the EWE announced.

As a first step, Peter Schmidt, Managing Director of EWE GASSPEICHER GmbH, and Ralph Bahke, Managing Director of ONTRAS, signed a formal agreement.

“Without high-performance hydrogen storage systems, the market ramp-up for hydrogen will not work. That’s why we have to think about storage from the outset in terms of infrastructure. The Memorandum of Understanding with ONTRAS Gastransport is an important milestone in this direction,” says Peter Schmidt.

“Our hydrogen start-up network for eastern Germany is an important part of the H2 core network that is being developed throughout Germany. With the possible integration of Rüdersdorf into this starting grid, supplemented by the connection to our grid for the hydrogen storage facility that is currently being built there as part of the Bad Lauchstädt Energy Park, flexibility and security of supply will increase,” adds Ralph Bahke.

The connection of hydrogen storage facilities such as EWE’s in Rüdersdorf creates additional system stability and security of supply and enables the efficient integration of volatile green hydrogen generation units. This was preceded by various market inquiries on hydrogen storage. These have shown that there is a great need for hydrogen storage facilities in eastern Germany in the future.

Press release https://shorturl.at/awL45

Volvo and Westport Signs  Investment Agreement to Establish JV developing  hydrogen ready fuel system technology

Westport Fuel Systems Inc. , a leading supplier of advanced alternative fuel delivery systems and components for the global transportation industry, is pleased to announce the signing of an investment agreement to establish the previously announced joint venture with Volvo Group to accelerate the commercialization and global adoption of Westport’s HPDI™ fuel system technology for long-haul and off-road applications (the “JV”). The closing of the JV is subject to certain closing conditions, including regulatory and government approvals. It is anticipated that the JV will become operational following the formal closing which is currently expected to occur in the second quarter of 2024.

“We are excited to execute this agreement and build on our success with the Volvo Group and our HPDI™ technology. We are motivated to keep innovating and investing in strong business relationships with leading organizations that share our goals, of which Volvo Group is certainly one,” said Dan Sceli, CEO of Westport Fuel Systems Inc. “Powered by our shared vision for a cleaner tomorrow, we look forward to further collaboration and providing real solutions to decarbonize the long-haul and off-road transport sectors,” added Mr. Sceli.

As previously announced, Westport will contribute certain HPDI™ assets and opportunities, including related fixed assets, intellectual property, and business, into the JV. Volvo Group will acquire a 45% interest in the JV for the sum of approximately US$28 million, payable upon closing, plus up to an additional US$45 million as an earn out depending on the subsequent performance of the JV.

Press release https://shorturl.at/stWX9

The CEO of Vallourec has taken over the supervision of Delphy,

a large-scale hydrogen storage solution

Vallourec, a world leader in premium tubular solutions, is making changes to its Executive Committee to strengthen its industrial and commercial performance in New Energies. The Group reaffirms its ambitions and commitment to the energy transition. Starting May 1st, 2024, the leadership of Delphy, Vallourec’s safe and innovative large-scale vertical hydrogen storage solution, will report directly to Philippe Guillemot, CEO of Vallourec. This shift in management to the highest level of the Group underscores Delphy’s strategic importance as a major Vallourec innovation with strong commercial potential.

Press release https://shorturl.at/chCHU

Chart Industries Announces the Grand Opening of Its Jumbo Cryogenic Tank Manufacturing Facility 

Chart Industries, Inc., a leading global solutions provider to clean energy and industrial gas markets, celebrates the grand opening of its “Teddy 2” facility, named as such because it is Chart’s second manufacturing facility in Theodore, Alabama. This plant will manufacture the world’s largest shop-built cryogenic tanks up to 1,700 cubic meter cryogenic storage vessels. The tanks manufactured at this site will be used for propellant storage for the aerospace industry, hydrogen and LNG storage for marine and power, gas by rail, and for many other applications in the sciences and decarbonization industries. The Teddy 2 facility has direct access to waterways and railways, providing customers with lower freight costs and faster transportation to site.

Press release https://shorturl.at/dnzB6

Ferrari has filed a patent application for a car with a hydrogen-powered internal combustion engine

The patent application, filed with the European Patent Office, defines “CAR PROVIDED WITH A HYDROGEN-POWERED INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE”.

The documents describe a hybrid sports car. The internal combustion engine in the main variant is an inline six-cylinder engine fuelled by hydrogen gas. 

Detailed description of the project https://shorturl.at/cotyE

Electric Hydrogen announces a 1GW  supply agreement for large-scale electrolyzer plants with The AES Corporation

Electric Hydrogen (“EH2”) announced it has reached a comprehensive framework supply agreement with The AES Corporation for up to 1GW of large-scale electrolyzer plants to produce low-cost, green hydrogen from renewable energy.

This supply reservation agreement includes commercial requirements for AES to order up to 1 GW of fully integrated, low-cost 100MW electrolyzer plants from Electric Hydrogen.

Electric Hydrogen’s 100 MW high-tech electrolyzer plants feature the capability to follow variable renewable energy resources allowing customers to optimize energy use and maximize project returns. The plants are designed and manufactured in the US, and the company is presently pre-fabricating its first customer-sited plant in Texas and has two operating plants in California.

Press release https://shorturl.at/fkuIR

Pajarito Powder Selected for $20 M in DOE Awards to Build Out Hydrogen Catalyst Supply

The New Mexico catalyst maker Pajarito Powder, a domestic developer and manufacturer of advanced catalysts, an enabling technology used in fuel cells and electrolyzers, was selected for two $10 million awards by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the company announced.The funds will be used to increase production and reduce costs of catalysts for lower-cost fuel cells and green hydrogen production.

On the fuel cell project, Pajarito Powder will work with Brookhaven National Laboratory, General Motors Co., Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Strategic Analysis, as well as with national laboratory researchers as part of the Million Mile Fuel Cell Truck Consortium. Community partners include the University of New Mexico (UNM) Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, UNM’s STEM-H Center, and the New Mexico Economic Development Department (EDD).

Pajarito Powder will work with Auris Noble and Nel Hydrogen to create an increased supply of catalysts that will dramatically reduce the amount of iridium needed for proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysis. Pajarito Powder will working with three community partners – UNM’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, UNM’s STEM-H Center and the New Mexico EDD and plan to leverage national laboratory expertise through the H2NEW Consortium.

Press release https://shorturl.at/iBTXY

Ecolectro  demonstrates cell efficiencies of >74% at high hydrogen production rates, without using Iridium or Titanium 

The New York-based Ecolectro, an emerging leader in green hydrogen generation, has hit best in class performance milestones using their AEM chemistry in membrane based electrolyzers, the company stated. Ecolectro has achieved peak production rates of >4A/cm2 at current densities of <2.1V and has achieved cell efficiencies of >74% with high hydrogen production rates. The Company’s current density sets a benchmark within the AEM industry and matches the best cell efficiencies of most PEM electrolysis technologies. With this technical breakthrough, Ecolectro-powered electrolyzers can provide green hydrogen at significantly lower costs. Ultimately, the company anticipates achieving further improvements with a target efficiency of an industry leading 80% or more.

Describe more in press release https://shorturl.at/gNR37

3M invests in hydrogen electrolyzer manufacturer EVOLOH

3M has invested in EVOLOH, a cleantech company that’s working to scale up manufacturing of its electrolyzers to make green hydrogen affordable and efficient, the 3M announced.

Founded in 2020, EVOLOH Inc., is revolutionizing the manufacturing of water electrolyzers to make low-cost clean hydrogen production possible at gigawatt scale anywhere in the world. NautilusTM stacks, the company’s patented electrolyzers, leverage advanced liquid alkaline technology to minimize costs and technical risks, while also maximizing manufacturing productivity, durability and efficiency.

EVOLOH takes an innovative approach to manufacturing electrolyzers with core components that do not require precious metals or rare earth materials and are made from abundant materials like steel, plastic and aluminum. That means lower cost electrolyzer modules for users, as well as lower costs for installation and maintenance.

3M Ventures, the venture capital arm of 3M, recently participated in EVOLOH’s $20 million Series A fundraising round, which will help the company scale up its manufacturing abilities.

“This round of funding positions EVOLOH to lead the electrolyzer manufacturing market by transforming electrolyzer stacks into affordable, efficient hardware commodities made with 100% local supply chains,” said Dr. Jimmy Rojas, founder and CEO of EVOLOH.

Press release https://shorturl.at/dpFSX

An old tugboat converted from diesel to hydrogen will put to sea this summer

A 65-year-old tugboat after a retrofit of the old diesel engine, Climate Pledge signatory and Climate Pledge Fund recipient, Amogy, is proving that ammonia is the fuel of the future, the Climate Pledge reported.

“Using a machine called a chemical reactor, they’re changing ammonia into hydrogen and nitrogen” the company stated. “The hydrogen then gets turned into electricity by another gadget called a fuel cell. The nitrogen—which typically becomes a potent greenhouse gas and health concern when ammonia is burned—is safely released into the atmosphere. This retrofitted tugboat is going to hit the waters this summer, running on a powerful system that can produce one megawatt of electricity from ammonia. In 2023, Amogy successfully tested smaller versions of this system in a truck, a tractor, and even a drone”.

Press release https://shorturl.at/bGJK6

Venus Aerospace achieves successful inaugural supersonic, powered by a hydrogen peroxide monopropellant engine at drone flight

Venus Aerospace’s supersonic flight test drone successfully completed its inaugural flight, the company announced. 

The eight foot, 300lb drone was dropped at an altitude of 12,000 ft and accelerated to a top speed of Mach 0.9, flying for 10 miles. It was powered by a hydrogen peroxide monopropellant engine at 80% thrust in order to not exceed Mach 1. The test successfully demonstrated flight controls, stability, one leg of the ultimate Rotating Detonation Rocket Engine (RDRE) propulsion system, telemetry, ground operations, and air launch. “Using an air-launched platform and a rocket-with-wing configuration allows us to cheaply and quickly get to the minimum viable test of our RDRE as a hypersonic engine. The team executed with professionalism and has a wealth of data to anchor and tweak for the next flight,” says CTO & Co-Founder Andrew Duggleby.

Press release https://shorturl.at/GMT29

Enapter AG receives largest single European order to date for megawatt-range electrolysers

Enapter will supply 3 AEM Nexus multicore-class units, each with 1 MW, to the logistics company CFFT SpA. A further Italian company, F.i.l.m.s SpA, – has also ordered a 1 MW AEM Nexus 1000 electrolyser.

  • Enapter supplies 3 MW-scale electrolysers to CFFT SpA, Italy
  • In addition, F.i.l.m.s SpA, also in Italy, has ordered a 1 MW electrolyser
  • Total order volume for the 4 MW sale is in the upper seven-figure euro range

Enapter AG (ISIN: DE000A255G02) has received further orders for its megawatt-class electrolyser, the AEM Nexus 1000. Thanks to their multicore technology, these AEM electrolysers are particularly suitable for the highly efficient production of green hydrogen from renewable energy sources on an industrial scale. As they do not use the rare and costly metal iridium, customers can reliably plan and future-proof their further expansion plans.

Enapter will supply 3 AEM Nexus multicore-class units, each with 1 MW, to the logistics company CFFT SpA. Among other things, the company operates a harbour near Rome. There, the Enapter electrolysers will be used in a hydrogen refuelling system and operated with sustainably generated electricity. The order from CFFT is the largest single order from Europe in Enapter’s history to date.

Press release https://shorturl.at/dgkpu

AGIG unveiled its plans for Australia’s largest renewable gas project HyP Adelaide

Vikram Singh, Head of Renewable Gas Development of Australian Gas Infrastructure Group, unveiled  plans for Australia’s largest renewable gas project in his keynote speech at the SAHy2024 Conference in Adelaide. 

HyP Adelaide is a proposed 60 MW renewable hydrogen production facility located at SA Water’s Bolivar wastewater treatment plant. HyP Adelaide’s aim is to produce up to 700 TJ of renewable hydrogen per year and is our next scaling milestone, building from the capability and knowledge from Hydrogen Park South Australia and Hydrogen Park Murray Valley. 

Subject to technical approvals HyP Adelaide intends to blend renewable hydrogen with natural gas at up to 20% by volume into Adelaide’s gas networks, and supply over 350,000 customers. Renewable gases like renewable hydrogen can help enable the decarbonisation of industry, power generation and households because its flame doesn’t emit carbon emissions. 

Press release https://shorturl.at/aF245

AtkinsRéalis awarded engineering and design services contract to develop leading Hydrogen Hub in Quebec

AtkinsRéalis (SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.) has been awarded a contract by TESCanada H2 Inc. (“TESCanada”) to provide front end engineering and design services for their Projet Mauricie green hydrogen hub in Quebec, the company announced.

“Energy secure and affordable Net Zero grids will be needed as we electrify a larger portion of our economies,” commented Ian L. Edwards, President and Chief Executive Officer, AtkinsRéalis. “Green hydrogen provides an attractive clean energy option for hard to decarbonize sectors. We’re pleased to deliver our clean energy engineering expertise to advance the green hydrogen ecosystem and ensure a successful energy transition.”

TESCanada’s Projet Mauricie is an innovative renewable energy initiative that aims to accelerate the energy transition by producing up to 70,000 tonnes per year of green hydrogen, which will be used to decarbonize industrial processes and heavy transportation in Quebec. The project will reduce emissions by 800,000 tonnes CO2eq per year supporting Quebec’s decarbonization objectives. As part of the project, clean electricity will largely be supplied by new, purpose-built renewable power generation including wind and solar farms totalling 1,000 MW. Expected to be commissioned in 2028, it is one of the largest clean hydrogen projects in Canada. It is also amongst the largest decarbonization projects announced in Quebec to date.

Press release https://shorturl.at/lqvVW

Italian Danieli has announced that its technology will be used in the hydrogen-fuelled Hydra project

Hydra is a project funded by the European Commission’s NextGenerationEU program and backed by the Italian Ministry of Enterprises and Made in Italy.

It aims for 100% hydrogen-fueled steel production to allow steelmakers to run tests, using the results to drive future investment plans towards sustainable production of steel, the Danieli stated.

The project foresees the installation of a 30-m tall, Energiron direct reduction tower equipped with an electric heater, which will use hydrogen as a reducing agent, and an electric arc furnace, at Centro Sviluppo Materiali (CSM) in Castel Romano, Italy.

Thanks to this pilot plant, and the Energiron DRI technology capability to use different percentages of natural gases and hydrogen, European steelmakers will have the opportunity to test steel production with several different combinations of reduction gases. 

Press release https://shorturl.at/hKMY1

Stadler’s hydrogen-powered train FLIRT H2 achieves a new Guinness World Records title

Stadler announced that the FLIRT H2 has been entered into the Guinness World Records database for the longest distance of 1,741.7 miles (2,803 kilometers) achieved by a pilot hydrogen fuel cell electric multiple unit passenger train without refueling or recharging. This achievement underlines Stadler’s innovative strength and technological leadership in the field of sustainable rail transport. Innovation has always been one of the core factors contributing to the company’s success and the entry in the Guinness World Records database marks another exciting highlight that proves the FLIRT H2’s capabilities and its pioneering technology.

Press release https://shorturl.at/dEQY0

Hydrogen powered aircraft Stralis SA-1 will be 50% cheaper to operate than a Bombardier Dash 8

Stralis Aircraft (YC W23) Chief Executive Officer Bob Criner is detailing how the hydrogen powered 50-seat Stralis SA-1, due to enter service in 2030, will be 50% cheaper to operate than a Bombardier Dash 8, the Regional Aviation Association of Australia (RAAA) reported.

Bob Criner was the first speaker in the Emerging Technology In Aviation session at RAAA Convention 2024.

“Hydrogen electric flight is here now; there are hydrogen electric aircraft flying in other parts of the world,” Bob Criner said.

“The customer base is there – people want these products and this is a key part of what is driving us forward.”

Press release https://shorturl.at/wxCK5

HyCET project: Marriage of a Volvo 40t hydrogen truck with KEYOU-inside finally happened

KEYOU announced that HyCET project, funded by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (Bundesministerium für Digitales und Verkehr), has reached an important milestone. Recently, the so-called “marriage” of Volvo’s 40-ton truck with the 13l zero emission hydrogen engine jointly developed by KEYOU and Volvo Group finally happened.

Together with consortium partners BMW Group, Volvo Group, DEUTZ AGDHL and TotalEnergies  KEYOU is working on the development of a 40-ton truck with zero-emission hydrogen engine. The project aims to demonstrate the sustainability potential of trucks with hydrogen combustion engines in transport logistics. 

Describe more in press release https://shorturl.at/wyAER

JERA and ExxonMobil to Develop Low Carbon Hydrogen and Ammonia Production Project

JERA Co., Inc. has reached a Project Framework Agreement with ExxonMobil to jointly explore the development of a low carbon hydrogen and ammonia production project in the United States, the company announced.

ExxonMobil is currently developing what is expected to be the world’s largest low-carbon hydrogen production plant at its Baytown Complex east of Houston, Texas, United States. The plant is slated to have an annual production capacity of approximately 900,000 tonnes of low-carbon hydrogen and annual production capacity of more than one million tonnes of low-carbon ammonia. The Project aims to commence production in 2028.

Under the terms of the agreement, JERA and ExxonMobil will explore:

・JERA’s ownership participation in the Project

・JERA’s procurement of approximately 500,000 tonnes annually of low-carbon ammonia produced by the Project for demand in Japan

Press release https://shorturl.at/qJR01

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