Hydrogen latest news Apr'21 from around the world

9 May, 2021
  1. Germany: Viessmann and leading energy experts are calling for much greater consideration of hydrogen in order to achieve a secure and affordable energy and heating transition: A recent study by Frontier Economics, led by Dr. David Bothe and Dr. Matthias Janssen, “The role of hydrogen in the heating market” found that the use of hydrogen could reduce the overall system costs of decarbonisation in the heating sector and relieve financial strains on low-income households in particular.
  2. Turkey: If permission is granted, Izmir Gas would be looking to start blending hydrogen into the system in the western Izmir industrial region. Meanwhile, Aksa Natural Gas, another important distribution company would be expected to do similar tests for households.
  3. China: The city of Beijing aims to have over 10,000 fuel cell vehicles on the road and build 74 hydrogen filling stations by 2025, as the Chinese capital maps out an ambitious plan to develop the low-carbon fuel, state media reported on Thursday.
  4. Saudi Arabia: According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IREA), the per kilogram production cost currently of GH is $5. However, for nations such as Saudi with perpetual sunshine and vast unused land, the per kg production cost can be brought down to $1.50 by 2030.
  5. France: The French regions of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Grand Est and Occitanie have signed the very first order of dual mode electric-hydrogen trains in France.
  6. Uzbekistan: Decree containing measures to support the introduction of innovative technologies to develop hydrogen and renewable energy sources, build hydrogen infrastructure to promote energy efficiency and security, and enable Uzbekistan’s transition to a green economy.
  7. FiveT Hydrogen, $ 1.2 Bn pureplay clean hydrogen investment fund, has been launched by a team of energy and industry executives headed up by former Air Liquide vice-president Pierre-Etienne Franc.
  8. By 2050, the firm’s analysts wrote, renewable hydrogen will be even cheaper than the “grey” kind, plunging as low as 67 cents per kilogram in the U.S., compared to $1.19/kg for grey hydrogen.
  9. South Korea: Industrial gases player Air Products & Chemicals has unveiled a new hydrogen fueling station at its industrial gases facility in Ulsan City, South Korea.
  10. South Korea: Bloom Energy announced yesterday that it has successfully deployed 100 kilowatts of solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC) powered solely by hydrogen in Ulsan, South Korea, generating zero-carbon onsite electricity.
  11. Sweden: The 100 cubic metre hydrogen storage is being built in an enclosed rock cavern approximately 30 metres below ground. Building the storage facility underground provides opportunities to ensure the pressure required to store large amounts of energy in the form of hydrogen in a cost-effective way.
  12. France: Normandy has the potential for large hydrogen imports and exports with two major seaports in Le Havre and Rouen, and an additional three regional ports – Dieppe, Caen Ouistreham and Cherbourg – which all see a large flow of goods on a day-to-day basis.
  13. Australia: “Most of the hydrogen will be made by electrolysis – that’s taking solar and wind or hydroelectricity and cracking water into hydrogen and oxygen. “We have lots of sunshine, lots of wind, lots of land, but very importantly we have extraordinary depth of expertise at pulling off large resource projects – so we’re a trusted trading partner.” – Dr Alan Finkel.
  14. Australia: Through the 2021-2022 Budget, the government will invest $539.2 million into clean hydrogen and carbon capture and carbon capture, use and storage (CCS/CCUS) projects
  15. Australia: RWE Supply & Trading has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Australia’s Hydrogen Utility (H2U) in a move aimed at building up global trading routes for green – renewables-produced – hydrogen between Australia and Germany.
  16. Netherlands: In recent years, the municipality of Groningen put hydrogen-powered garbage trucks and sweeper machines into service. Work is also underway on hydrogen-powered ships in the ports of Delfzijl and Lauwersoog. While in early 2020, test trials were conducted with the hydrogen-powered train on the route between Groningen and Leeuwarden.
  17. Canada: Using depleted oil and gas fields – Pure oxygen is injected into the ground to induce a series of reactions that heats up the oil and releases hydrogen. By using a palladium-alloy membrane, only hydrogen can get through, and it is pulled to the surface leaving everything else in the ground.
  18. Safety: To get a comprehensive overview about all safety related aspects of the hydrogen generation, transformation, transport and distribution process, the Technical Report ISO/TR 15916 (2015): “Basic considerations for the safety of hydrogen systems” is highly recommended.
  19. Safety: “Spark-free optical-based hydrogen sensors detect the presence of hydrogen without electronics, making the process much safer.”
  20. Shell: Paul Bogers, vice-president, hydrogen, at Shell, argues that the power sector will need an awful lot of renewable energy to decarbonise, so there may simply not be enough wind or solar power available to produce green hydrogen on top of that.
  21. Electric vs H2: Governments are backing green hydrogen alongside wind and solar power to do the heavy lifting in public transport, energy storage, freight and areas like steel production. That means switching hydrogen production plants from reforming natural gas to water electrolysis – water split into oxygen and hydrogen using electric current and catalysts.
  22. Europe: Proposing to build an 11,600 km (which was 6,800 km last year) hydrogen transportation network by 2030, which would come up to 39,700 km (as opposed to 23,000 km estimated last year) by 2040, aiming to ship hydrogen among 21 countries, with further growth after 2040.
  23. Report: Combination of private-sector collaboration and policy support can drive the initial ramp up of clean hydrogen production and use to reach 50 million tonnes by 2030.
  24. Life Cycle Emissions tool: The Sustainable Energy System Analysis Modeling Environment, or SESAME is a tool that’s been developed to analyze the life cycle emissions associated with any energy pathway and is currently being expanded to evaluate cost impacts associated with each of these pathways. SESAME can model emissions reductions associated with deploying certain technologies.
  25. Spain: The project foresees to use electricity from a 40MW PV array and other renewable sources to feed an electrolyser with an initial capacity of 20MW, which eventually could be boosted to 115MW, making it the largest green hydrogen project at a Spanish refinery.
  26. Investment: To build a hydrogen economy that is five to seven times larger than it is today will require almost $15trn of investment, the report states — $12.5trn of which would be for the required increase in electricity generation to produce green H2. The remaining $2.5trn would be for investment in electrolysers, blue hydrogen production and H2 transport and storage infrastructure.
  27. Underwater Pipeline: The AquaDuctus pipeline will transport green hydrogen from the North Sea directly to the continent. It is part of the AquaVentus initiative, which plans to install 10 gigawatts of electrolysis capacity for green hydrogen production from offshore wind power between Heligoland and the Dogger sand bank.
  28. Norway: Electrolyser maker Nel and oil & gas services company Aibel signed a framework agreement to work together on large-scale renewable hydrogen projects.
  29. Waste to Hydrogen: OMNI Conversion Technologies Inc. (OMNI CT) announced the first sale of its unprecedented waste to hydrogen product.
  30. Aviation: Universal Hydrogen is accelerating development of hydrogen propulsion for regional aircraft after securing $20.5m in funding – and the US firm is targeting 2025 for the first commercial flights.

  1. https://www.viessmann.family/en/newsroom/sustainability/hydrogen-the-solution-to-achieve-an-energy-secure-and-affordable-energy-transition-and-the-heating-transition
  2. https://www.icis.com/explore/resources/news/2021/04/12/10627403/turkey-moves-closer-to-hydrogen-grid-injections-outlines-long-term-roadmap
  3. https://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/renewable/chinas-capital-envisages-10000-fuel-cell-vehicles-by-2025/81980507
  4. https://www.thenorthlines.com/green-hydrogen-viable-solution-for-future-energy-needs/
  5. https://www.constructionweekonline.in/business/17209-alstom-receives-order-from-sncf-voyageurs-for-first-hydrogen-trains-in-france
  6. https://www.renews.biz/67800/uzbekistan-reveals-hydrogen-and-renewables-strategy/
  7. https://www.rechargenews.com/energy-transition/catalytic-billion-euro-hydrogen-fund-led-by-former-air-liquide-vp-launched/2-1-993043
  8. https://ieefa.org/green-hydrogen-to-be-cost-competitive-by-2030-bloombergnef/
  9. https://www.offshore-energy.biz/air-products-opens-a-new-hydrogen-fueling-station-in-ulsan-south-korea/
  10. https://www.saurenergy.com/solar-energy-news/bloom-energy-installs-its-first-green-hydrogen-powered-fuel-cells
  11. https://renews.biz/67724/vattenfall-jv-starts-work-on-hydrogen-cave-storage-facility/
  12. https://www.h2-view.com/story/inside-normandys-hydrogen-potential/
  13. https://www.industry.gov.au/news/advantage-for-australia-in-the-hydrogen-export-market
  14. https://www.industry.gov.au/news/clean-hydrogen-and-carbon-capture-investment-to-create-2500-jobs-while-reducing-emissions
  15. https://www.rechargenews.com/energy-transition/rwe-moves-to-secure-green-hydrogen-for-germany-from-australian-developer/2-1-996017
  16. https://innovationorigins.com/en/the-dutch-city-of-groningen-is-experimenting-with-hydrogen-we-want-to-scale-up/
  17. https://calgaryherald.com/business/commercial-real-estate/proton-technologies-mining-low-cost-green-energy-from-aging-oil-wells
  18. https://www.iecex.com/assets/Uploads/Hazardex/Hazardex-2021-April-Safety-issues-of-the-hydrogen-economy.pdf
  19. https://news.uga.edu/sensors-eliminate-risk-hydrogen-vehicles-sparking/
  20. https://www.rechargenews.com/energy-transition/large-scale-blue-hydrogen-may-still-be-needed-even-if-green-h2-is-cheaper-says-shell-vp/2-1-997772
  21. https://www.discovery.com/motor/electric-vs–hydrogen–the-pros-and-cons-of-greener-transportati
  22. https://www.saurenergy.com/solar-energy-news/european-hydrogen-plans-expand-with-40000-km-pipeline-network-by-2040
  23. https://www.energy-transitions.org/publications/making-clean-hydrogen-possible/
  24. https://energyfactor.exxonmobil.com/energy-innovation/collaborations/hydrogen-energy-drake-hernandez/
  25. https://www.rechargenews.com/energy-transition/bp-and-iberdrola-eye-solar-for-record-sized-spanish-green-hydrogen-project/2-1-1002277
  26. https://www.rechargenews.com/energy-transition/green-hydrogen-will-be-cost-competitive-with-grey-h2-by-2030-without-a-carbon-price/2-1-1001867
  27. https://www.evwind.es/2021/04/26/pipeline-for-green-hydrogen-from-north-sea/80515
  28. https://www.rechargenews.com/energy-transition/nel-and-aibel-team-for-iberdrola-plant-to-kick-off-green-hydrogen-pact/2-1-1001100
  29. https://www.businesswireindia.com/omni-ct-brings-first-of-its-kind-waste-to-hydrogen-product-to-market-in-the-fight-against-climate-change-72648.html
  30. https://www.h2-view.com/story/universal-hydrogen-raises-20-5m-to-accelerate-hydrogen-aviation/
24 February, 2024

Byju’s, once heralded as a flagship in India’s edtech sector, is grappling with severe financial and operational challenges, marked by a dramatic valuation drop. The company, which sought to stabilize its operations and finances, is now raising funds at a valuation significantly lower than its peak. This development comes amid efforts to address a substantial debt burden, with Byju’s proposing a repayment plan for its $1.2 billion loan. Investor confidence appears shaken, with some stakeholders pushing for drastic changes in leadership to navigate the crisis effectively. The turmoil reflects broader sectoral pressures and raises questions about the sustainability of high-growth trajectories in the edtech industry

10 February, 2024

Australia’s energy market is witnessing significant transitions and investments aimed at bolstering renewable energy infrastructure and securing gas supplies. Key developments include a $179 million investment by the Queensland Government for community battery projects, Santos’ $5.7 billion gas pipeline project following a legal battle win, and a $206 million energy savings package for NSW households. Additionally, the Australian government has secured new gas supply deals to support the east coast market, emphasizing the role of gas in transitioning to a renewable grid.

India 2024
9 February, 2024

The latest opinion polls, including the Mood of the Nation survey by India Today, predict a comfortable victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP and its allies in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), with a projected win of 335 Lok Sabha seats in the 2024 general elections. This forecast suggests a slight decrease from the 2019 elections but still ensures a majority. The survey, involving interviews with over 149,000 respondents, reflects Modi’s enduring popularity based on his nationalist policies and economic reforms. Other polls echo these findings, although seat projections vary slightly. The opposition INDIA alliance is expected to secure a significant number of seats, yet not enough to challenge the NDA’s majority. These predictions highlight a political landscape that remains largely favorable to Modi and the BJP as the election approaches