The Anonymous Widower

Orsted In Gigawatt-Scale Offshore Wind To Green Hydrogen Plan With Steel Giant ArcelorMittal

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Recharge.

The title says a lot and at the heart of the plan is a 1 GW electrolyser.

Now that is enormous.

Will it be made in Rotherham by ITM Power?

The article is a must read.

April 1, 2021 - Posted by | Energy, Hydrogen | , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Given this – very welcome – drive towards green, sustainable energy – why do you think there is a reluctance to progress the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon? It has the potential to be a proof of concept world leader …

    Comment by PJS | April 1, 2021 | Reply

    • I am a supporter of barraging the Severn, but Harold Wilson stopped that! I know not why, but it would have done nothing for the miners. Politicians always put power first rather than what’s right! Someone in Government or the Civil Service obviously doesn’t like the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.

      Boris’s Government has backed similar schemes based on physics like Highview Power, Gravitricity and RheEnergy, which store energy. South Wales needs renewable energy, so if the maths add up, the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon would be an obvious one to back.

      Perhaps the RSPB is against it and they are a group that politicians don’t annoy.

      I have just read the Wikipedia entry for the project.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tidal_Lagoon_Swansea_Bay#Future

      It appears it could be reviving, but also there appears some dodginess, that might have spooked the Government.

      Comment by AnonW | April 1, 2021 | Reply

  2. Thanks, AW, for the reply. I wasn’t aware of the corporate issues behind the proposal, but that may well have raised concerns … You certainly have your fnger on the pulse of these alterntaive energy projects – a future summary of where we are at in the UK would make a great posting.

    Comment by PJS | April 1, 2021 | Reply

  3. I’ve been watching alternative energy since the 1970s. My first job after Liverpool University was as an Instrument Engineer in ICI’s hydrogen factory at Runcorn. Over coffee, I learned an awful lot about how to handle the gas and how it could be produced by electrolysis. In those days, most was produced by the Castner Kellner process, but they also had a very ancient plant in Widnes, that used an elegant Victorian method. Each electrolyser had a concrete top and was rebuilt regularly. Fascinating stuff.

    ICI had a maxim that they used to apply to integrated chemical works or at least try to.

    The only thing that should leave a works should be product, that customers paid for, air and pure water. I can remember a campaign in the company to save steam leaks that saved millions.

    I still get annoyed, if I go past a chemical plant or power station with clouds of steam going up to nowhere. What a waste!

    I left ICI and ended up writing software to analyse data, much of it for project management.

    At one time, I did a few month’s work for Frederick Snow and Partners. They had recently published their report on barraging the Severn and they give me a full briefing.

    If built, it would have generated ten percent of the UK’s electricity. Like the other big green energy project in the UK of the time; Electric Mountain, it would still be going.

    Not barraging the Severn was the biggest mistake we made with energy and represents one of Wilson’s biggest clangers, along with cancelling Maplin Airport and the Channel Tunnel.

    I was told the full story of the latter, by the project manager and it shows the Government and the Civil Service at their worst. At least my software was used to manage the building of the current tunnel.

    Harold Wilson at the time was oftened nicknamed Black Harold. He certainly wasn’t very green!

    Comment by AnonW | April 1, 2021 | Reply


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