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Sval Energi and Storegga join forces to explore carbon storage on the NCS

Sval Energi has entered into an agreement with Storegga Geotechnologies Ltd (Storegga) to explore joint business opportunities for carbon storage on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). Enters agreement to explore CO2 storage opportunities off the coast of Norway Shared goal of being awarded licenses to store CO2 below the seabed Combines Storegga's carbon capture and storage (CCS) expertise and Sval's vast NCS knowledge and strong business development skills. The purpose of the agreement is to establish a common platform to secure the award of CO2 storage licenses on the NCS through identifying carbon storage opportunities and building a robust business case.

ARENA to lead Australia-Germany’s HyGATE initiative

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has today announced that it will play a key role in the development and delivery of the German-Australian Hydrogen Innovation and Technology Incubator known as HyGATE.

Investment secured for Whitelee Green hydrogen facility

The Green Hydrogen for Scotland partnership has secured £9.4m of funding through the Storage at Scale competition run by The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Greg Hands, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, announced the funding today at ScottishPower’s Whitelee windfarm where the 20MW hydrogen production and storage facility will be built.

Neste to receive funding from the EU Innovation Fund to develop its Porvoo refinery through green hydrogen production and carbon capture & storage

The EU Innovation Fund has given a positive grant decision of EUR 88 million funding to Neste’s green hydrogen and CO2 capture & storage project, which aims to quickly and efficiently reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the Porvoo refinery in Finland. The project introduces carbon capture and storage (CCS) and electrolysis solutions that allow decarbonisation of production at the refinery. The project is currently in the feasibility phase.

EU support for Stockholm Exergi's bio-CCS project

The European Commission announced today that Stockholm Exergi's bio-CCS project - BECCS @ STHLM (bio-CCS - Bio Energy Carbon Capture and Storage) - has been selected for the final step in the selection process to receive support from the EU Innovation Fund. The project was selected for its potential to contribute to the transformation of the European energy sector and the potential to mitigate climate change.

Octopus Hydrogen and MIRA Technology Park Partner to Power Clean Mobility Revolution

Octopus Hydrogen, Octopus Renewables and MIRA Technology Park today confirmed plans to develop a green refuelling forecourt providing hydrogen and EV charging on site at MIRA Technology Park to support the needs of the fastest growing cluster of automotive and mobility technology businesses that are powering the mobility revolution.

E-Steiermark to launch Austria's first "green" hydrogen production facility to supply the industrial sector in 2022

Energie Steiermark is constructing Austria's first off-site "green" hydrogen production facility in Gabersdorf, southern Styria. The company is investing around 10 million euros in the construction of an innovative generation plant covering an area of 10,000 square metres. The plant will combine a large-scale photovoltaic system comprising 6,000 square metres of solar collectors with resources from an existing biogas plant.

Axpo plans new green hydrogen production plant in Swiss town of Brugg

Plans to build another green hydrogen facility close to its run-of-river power plant in Brugg, Switzerland were announced by Axpo today, marking the latest development in the company’s rapid expansion of its green hydrogen business. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed with local partners, confirming Axpo’s intention to deliver climate-friendly hydrogen to filling stations in the region. The project will make an important contribution to decarbonisation in the Swiss mobility sector.

Agreement to Develop Clean Energy Hub for Shoreham Port, Sussex

Getech, the geoscience and geospatial technology provider and data-led energy asset developer, is pleased to announce that its wholly owned hydrogen subsidiary, H2 Green, has signed a Collaboration Agreement with Shoreham Port. The Agreement grants H2 Green exclusive rights for the development of all port-based hydrogen, ammonia, and new onshore wind and solar power generation capacity at the Port of Shoreham, West Sussex.

Shropshire’s potential for hydrogen vehicle refuelling hub

Shropshire could become one of a handful of West Midlands locations to have a hydrogen refuelling hub to power low carbon vehicles of the future. As part of its drive to reduce its carbon emissions to zero by 2030, Shropshire Council is now exploring whether it can set up a hydrogen refuelling centre on the outskirts of Shrewsbury for commercial vehicles.

Siemens Gamesa’s groundbreaking pilot project hits key milestone as first green hydrogen is delivered to zero emission vehicles

Siemens Gamesa has developed the world’s first project capable of producing green hydrogen directly from wind, in “island mode”. It can also operate connected to the grid. The Brande Hydrogen pilot project in Denmark celebrates a new milestone, producing its first green hydrogen as part of the testing and commissioning phase. Project partner Everfuel now distributes it to hydrogen stations in Denmark, enabling a growing number of zero emission vehicles, such as fuel cell taxis, to operate on a 100% green fuel supply. By delivering low-cost, green hydrogen, wind can accelerate a carbon-free future and halt climate change. Siemens Gamesa continues to play a pivotal role in making this ambition a reality.

GEI Hydrogen Project Playbook – Issue 3

The GEI Data Research Team looks at the new hydrogen projects added to our database and the progress made on existing developments. Issue 2 of the Hydrogen Project Playbook looks at October. Fifty-seven new projects were added to our database in the month of October across, green, blue, turquoise and transportation hydrogen. These projects are either under construction, planned or proposed.

First Order Placed for Enapter’s AEM Multicore Megawatt-Class Electrolyser System

Enapter has received the first order for its AEM Multicore electrolyser, a containerised system for megawatt-class green hydrogen production.

CEMEX and Carbon Clean work on carbon capture project in Germany

CEMEX has appointed Carbon Clean to work on a FEED study for a ground-breaking carbon capture project at its Rüdersdorf plant in Germany, as part of its Carbon Neutral Alliance at the site.

Maire Tecnimont Signs Preliminary Agreement for Rosneft Grassroots VGO

Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. announced this week that it has signed an Agreement of Intent with Rosneft regarding the construction of a grassroots Vacuum Gas Oil (VGO) hydrocracking complex to be placed at the Ryazan refinery site in Ryazan, Russia.

Howden to Supply Compressors for Shell’s Biofuel Project in Rotterdam

Howden of Scotland recently announced that it has agreed to supply compressors for the upcoming Shell owned biofuel facilities under development in the Netherlands. This complex will be at the former Pernis refinery site in Rotterdam and will be one of the largest of its kinds in Europe upon its completion.

UK Government Makes £230 Million Pledge

The UK Government has pledged £230 million in new funding in its Autumn Budget, released the week before COP26, for the offshore wind industry.

CNG Fuels to host hydrogen trials for HGVs to decarbonise UK fleets and prepare customers for a multi-fuel future

UK’s leading supplier of alternative low-carbon fuels for HGVs to facilitate hydrogen trials across its UK refuelling network from mid 2022 to prepare customer fleets for a multi-fuel future. The company has formed ‘HyFuels’ to pioneer new hydrogen technology and meet customers’ growing fuel-mix needs. The company will allocate 100 acres of its land portfolio to public access hydrogen HGV refuelling by 2025. Renewable biomethane remains the lowest carbon and most cost-effective solution for HGVs today, cutting emissions by over 85% and lifetime costs by 30-40%. CNG Fuels is targeting a network of 60 low carbon refueling stations by 2026, supporting biomethane today and other low carbon fuels in the future as they develop.

Wood and HYGEN Energy to accelerate green hydrogen production in the UK

Wood has agreed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with HYGEN Energy to accelerate the production of green hydrogen for decarbonising transportation in the United Kingdom (UK). This marks a tangible step towards delivering the UK Government’s strategy to achieve 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030.

Wood awarded consenting and FEED contracts for the UK’s first hydrogen distribution pipeline infrastructure

Wood has been awarded the consenting and environmental assessment and front-end engineering design (FEED) contracts for Cadent’s HyNet North West, an innovative project that aims to unlock a lower carbon economy for the North West of England and North Wales. The industry-leading HyNet North West project has the potential to reduce carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions by 10 million tonnes a year by 2030 – the equivalent of taking 4 million cars off the road.

Tank & Rast and H2 MOBILITY sign associate partnership

Tank & Rast has joined the world’s largest hydrogen filling station operator, H2 MOBILITY Deutschland, as an associated partner. In Germany, H2 MOBILITY currently operates 88 of 91 H2 filling stations in seven metropolitan areas (Hamburg, Berlin, Rhine-Ruhr, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Stuttgart and Munich) as well as along connecting trunk roads and motorways, with 15 more stations currently under construction. To accompany the ramp-up of commercial hydrogen-powered vehicles, H2 MOBILITY is also expanding its offer for other pressure levels and refuelling quantities.

Aberdeen City Council announces bp as preferred bidder for hydrogen partnership

Aberdeen City Council on Monday, 25 October announced bp as its preferred bidder for a commercial partnership which will accelerate the city’s ambitions to become a world-class hydrogen hub. Following a robust tender process which commenced in June, the Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub concept will enable the continued development of a hydrogen economy in the city. A key part of the programme will involve the creation of Scotland’s first scalable green hydrogen production facility. Phase 1, which involves delivery of a green hydrogen facility, is targeting first operations from 2024.

Budweiser Brewing Group to go green with hydrogen at Wales brewery, an integral part of plan for brewery to become carbon neutral

Budweiser Brewing Group to go green with hydrogen at Wales brewery, an integral part of plan for brewery to become carbon neutral • Working with UK-based green hydrogen experts, Protium • The two companies have joined forces to revolutionise the brewer’s existing on-site transport and energy generation and consumption, eliminating 15,500 tonnes of CO2e per year • Hydrogen infrastructure expected to produce more than 20MW of renewable energy and green hydrogen to power Magor brewery in South Wales

INOVYN at Runcorn to ramp up hydrogen supply to fuel trucks buses and power generator sectors

INOVYN at Runcorn to ramp up hydrogen supply to fuel trucks buses and power generator sectors • INOVYN, a subsidiary of INEOS, is to upgrade existing low-carbon hydrogen supply to fuel transport in the UK and drive the country’s green transition to net-zero by 2050. • This is part of more than €2bn investment in Green Hydrogen announced by INEOS earlier this week. • Existing hydrogen production at INOVYN’s Runcorn site has the capacity to power over 1,000 buses or 2,000 trucks with low-carbon fuel. • Geir Tuft, CEO INOVYN said: “Hydrogen-powered transport will play a critical role in the UK’s journey to net-zero. As the UK’s leading producer of low-carbon hydrogen, we’re perfectly positioned to drive down emissions reductions in the transport and industrial sector.”

INEOS green hydrogen project accelerates towards net-zero future in Germany by 2045

INEOS green hydrogen project accelerates towards net-zero future in Germany by 2045 • INEOS through its subsidiary INOVYN have announced plans to build a large-scale, 100MW electrolyser to produce green hydrogen at the Koln site in Germany. • The project forms part of more than €2bn investment in Green Hydrogen announced by INEOS earlier this week. • Hydrogen from the new unit would be used in the production of green ammonia. • The complete project will result in a reduction of carbon emissions at Koln by more than 120,000 tonnes per year. • This strengthens INEOS ambitions to achieve net-zero targets set out by the UN and National Governments around the world.

QatarEnergy and Shell join forces to pursue investments in hydrogen solutions

QatarEnergy and Shell have signed an agreement to pursue joint investments in blue and green hydrogen projects in the United Kingdom. The partners will target integrated and scalable opportunities in key sectors where hydrogen could help decarbonize, especially around industrial cluster development and also for the transport sector, with a focus on the London metropolitan area. The collaboration will exploit both companies’ expertise in delivering large and technically complex energy projects.

Enapter Claim Earthshot Prize

The Earthshot Prize award ceremony took place on the 17 October 2021 at London’s Alexandra Palace.

Protium to build 40MW flagship green hydrogen project in Teesside

Protium, the UK’s leading green hydrogen energy company has secured a location on Wilton Universal Group’s site in Teesside, marking the area’s largest announced green hydrogen project to date. The project – which cements Teesside’s position as the leading green hydrogen zone in the UK – aims to generate green jobs and economic opportunities for the local community and region.

GEI Hydrogen Project Playbook – Issue 2

The GEI Data Research Team looks at the new hydrogen projects added to our database and the progress made on existing developments. Issue 2 of the Hydrogen Project Playbook looks at September.

Wintershall Dea investigates conversion of north sea natural gas pipelines for CO2 transport

Wintershall Dea, Europe's leading independent gas and oil company, is working with the OTH Regensburg University of Applied Sciences to explore how existing natural gas pipelines in the southern North Sea can be used for future CO2 transport. Initial calculations paint a positive picture. Results obtained so far suggest that the offshore pipelines could be safely and efficiently repurposed for transport of liquid CO2. As the study progresses, technical feasibility will be tested, and certification will take place.