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World’s first offshore hydrogen storage concept developed by Tractebel and partners

Tractebel and partner companies have developed the world's first offshore infrastructure and processing facilities concept for the storage of hydrogen in offshore caverns. The design study, unveiled by Tractebel Overdick GmbH’s offshore experts, outlines an innovative solution for large-scale hydrogen storage on the high seas: a scalable offshore platform for the compression and storage of up to 1.2 million m³ of hydrogen. Underground salt caverns will be used as storage and buffer for the hydrogen produced offshore, before the gas is transported via the pipeline network to the onshore grid and finally to consumers and customers.

RWE is driving hydrogen plans forward in Wales

RWE, one of the world’s leading global renewable companies, has announced the signing of a contract with professional services firm Jacobs to investigate the production and supply of green hydrogen at the Pembroke Power Station site.

ENGIE & Equinor launch the H2BE project to kick-start low-carbon hydrogen market in Belgium

In February, energy groups ENGIE and Equinor announced an MoU to develop low carbon hydrogen projects together. Now the two companies move forward and announce the H2BE project which aims to develop production of low-carbon hydrogen from natural gas in Belgium.

GEI Hydrogen Project Playbook – 2021 In Numbers

The GEI Data Research Team looks at the new hydrogen projects added to our database and the progress made on existing developments.

UK Government Gives Vattenfall Consent

The UK Government has awarded planning consent for Vattenfall’s Norfolk Boreas offshore windfarm.

ABB and HydrogenPro to optimize green hydrogen production for a low-carbon future

ABB has signed an order with HydrogenPro, a hydrogen plant company, to provide electrical equipment for the world’s largest single stack high-pressure alkaline electrolyser - a system that generates hydrogen by using electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. Once deployed, at a specially built test facility in Herøya, Norway in 2022, the system will be capable of producing 1,100 normal cubic metres of green hydrogen per hour (Nm3/h).

An Unremarkable Year?

The year 2021 is unlikely to go down in history as a particularly memorable one for the world of liquefied natural gas.

Air Liquide and Redexis join forces to deploy up to 100 hydrogen refueling stations in Spain by 2030

Air Liquide and Redexis have signed a collaboration agreement to develop a project on the hydrogen mobility value chain in Spain, with the aim of reducing the carbon footprint of the transport sector. The two companies have agreed to work on the analysis of the deployment of a network of up to 100 hydrogen refueling stations in Spain before 2030, mostly dedicated to heavy mobility.

Power-to-X plants in Aalborg must capture CO2 and use it for green fuel

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Reno-Nord and Aalborg Forsyning together show the way to a faster green transition with the plans to build one of the world's first commercial Power-to-X plants, which produce green methanol from captured CO2 from waste incineration, green electricity and water.

Unique investment to build Europe’s first network of green hydrogen filling stations

Swedish investment company Qarlbo makes a unique investment to establish Sweden and Europe’s first network of filling stations for green hydrogen. 24 filling stations will be built with financial support from The Climate Leap (Klimatklivet). The investment is an important step for Sweden’s and the EU’s plans to establish an infrastructure for fossil-free fuels.

ExxonMobil, SGN, Green Investment Group sign MoU to explore potential for Southampton Hydrogen hub

SGN, Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG) and Esso Petroleum Company, Limited (an ExxonMobil affiliate) announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the use of hydrogen and carbon capture to help reduce emissions in the Southampton industrial cluster. Southampton has one of the largest industrial sectors in the United Kingdom, and is both a critical element of the country’s energy supply chain and an important gateway for trade in global markets.

Amur Gas Chemical Complex Secures $9.1 billion to Push Project Forward

Sibur of Russia announced recently that it has secured $9.1 billion USD in loans for the upcoming Amur Gas Chemical Complex under development in Russia. Sibur is co-owner of the plant with Sinopec of China. International banks will provide $2.6 billion of the $9.1 billion figure, while Russian and Chinese banks will issue the remaining $6.5 billion.

Zero-carbon emission flights to anywhere in the world possible with just one stop

Up to 279 passengers could fly between London and San Francisco, USA direct or Auckland, New Zealand with just one stop with the same speed and comfort as today’s aircraft, revolutionising the future of air travel. Developed by a team of aerospace and aviation experts from across the UK collaborating on the government backed FlyZero project, the concept demonstrates the huge potential of green liquid hydrogen for air travel not just regionally or in short haul flight but for global connectivity. Liquid hydrogen is a lightweight fuel, which has three times the energy of kerosene and sixty times the energy of batteries per kilogramme and emits no CO2 when burned.

Iberdrola and H2 Green Steel sign 2.3 billion euros green hydrogen deal

Iberdrola takes another step towards decarbonisation. Iberdrola and H2 Green Steel have signed an agreement to build a green hydrogen plant with an installed capacity of 1,000 MW and an estimated investment of 2.3 billion euros. The new plant will power with clean fuel a direct steel reduction furnace with a capacity to produce around 2 million tonnes per year of pure green steel, with a 95% reduction in CO2 emissions.

SOCAR Makes FID Push for Petrochemical Plant in Turkey

The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) is working towards a final decision around the construction of the Mercury petrochemical complex in the Aliaga district of Izmir, Turkey. This expectation comes as many projects that had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic effect are seeing new movement, and this previously delayed project is having new urgency attached to it.

bp plans major green hydrogen project in Teesside

bp today confirmed it is planning a new large-scale green hydrogen production facility in the North East of England that could deliver up to 500Mwe (megawatt electrical input) of hydrogen production ‎by 2030. To be developed in multiple stages, HyGreen Teesside is expected to match production to demand ‎and build on experience to drive down costs. bp is aiming to start production by 2025, with an initial ‎phase of some 60MWe of installed hydrogen production capacity. A final investment decision on the ‎project is expected in 2023.‎

GEI Hydrogen Project Playbook – Issue 4

The GEI Data Research Team looks at the new hydrogen projects added to our database and the progress made on existing developments.

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.