Crown Estate Scotland is tendering a £40,000 contract for a study into whether oil platforms can be reused to produce hydrogen. The study will assess capacity to deliver a “strong pipeline of hydrogen projects from late 2020s to 2050”, according to Public Contracts Scotland. Crown Estate Scotland tendered the oil-hydrogen study on behalf of the Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council (SOWEC), a public-private partnership set up by the Scottish Government. It will look at the costs of using oil infrastructure and other “key supply chain capabilities” like maintenance services, supply of electrolysers and upgrading of ports and quays.
Energy Voice 20th Nov 2020 read more »
Iain Duncan Smith: Batteries are expensive, inflexible and will leave us dangerously reliant on China. Fortunately, there is another way. Britain is a world-leader in hydrogen, a technology foolishly overlooked by the Government. The Prime Minister has made it clear that no one will be allowed to buy a new diesel or petrol car after 2030. While I accept our environmental goals, I am nevertheless concerned that if we rush the process of decarbonising our economy and as a result end up relying on batteries to achieve it then we will have made a mistake. It is estimated that the hydrogen industry could create 75,000 jobs by 2035, and that by 2050 the industry will be worth $2.5 trillion globally and sustain 30 million jobs. Whilst the Government is lashing huge sums on electric vehicles, the commitment of £240 million to support hydrogen production over 10 years only amounts to a £24 million a year drop in the ocean. Meanwhile others have understood that hydrogen is the future. Germany is investing nine billion euros and France seven billion Euros.
Telegraph 20th Nov 2020 read more »
Which sectors are most suited to hydrogen, and which are not? For the answer, six academics from the UK and the Netherlands – Tom Baxter, Ernst Worrell, Hu Li, Petra de Jongh, Stephen Carr, and Valeska Ting – use their areas of expertise to neatly summarise hydrogen’s pros and cons in Road and Rail, Aviation, Heating, Electricity and Energy Storage, and Heavy Industry. Their general message seems clear: hydrogen is still very expensive, so it can be used primarily where there are no emissions-low alternatives, and where other advantages outweigh higher costs. Freight (trucks to trains) and aviation can benefit from liquid hydrogen’s very high energy density. Heavy industry needs the high temperatures that hydrogen can deliver better than electricity. But cars, heating, electricity and storage all have cheaper green alternatives meaning that hydrogen will only be a distraction, argue the authors.
Energy Post 16th Nov 2020 read more »
Spanish utility Iberdrola is aiming to become one of Europe’s top green hydrogen producers with a 200-megawatt electrolyzer project and plans for 600 MW more. The 100-million-euro ($119 million) project builds on a 20-megawatt electrolyzer installation for Fertiberia, a fertilizer and industrial chemicals firm, which Iberdrola said will be the largest green hydrogen production system in Europe when it comes online about a year from now. In October, the two companies announced a €1.8 billion ($2.1 billion) green hydrogen partnership to install a total of 800 MW of electrolyzer capacity at Fertiberia plants in Spain over the next seven years. The electrolyzers, equivalent to 20 percent of Spain’s 2030 green hydrogen target, will be used to create green hydrogen for ammonia production at Fertiberia’s Puertollano and Palos de la Frontera chemical plants.
GTM 20th Nov 2020 read more »