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Fortescue Future Industries As A First Mover In Global Green Hydrogen And Next Generation Mining Equipment

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

This is the most significant sentence in the article.

Fortescue has set an industry leading target to be carbon neutral by 2030.

The article details how Andrew Forrest’s company intends to do it.

I found the article a fascinating read.

November 6, 2021 Posted by | Energy, Hydrogen, World | , , , , | Leave a comment

Port Of Açu And Fortescue To Explore 300MW Hydrogen Plant In Brazil

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on H2Bulletin.

This is the first paragraph.

Brazilian ports have been attracting foreign investors to benefit from its abundant renewable resources. Porto do Açu Operações SA has recently started exploring opportunities to become a hydrogen production hub in Brazil, which H2Bulletin exclusively covered in its recent article.

The location of the Superport of Açu is shown on this Google Map.

Açu is marked by the red arrow and is about 300 km. from Rio de Janeiro.

Over the last year or so, I’ve noticed several ports declare the intention of becoming hydrogen hubs.

  • Hydrogen can be used to power dock vehicles, tugs, work-boats and ships.
  • Hydrogen can be used to support local businesses with high energy needs.
  • In the future hydrogen may power freight trains to and from the port.

Do ports feel hydrogen is a good way to decarbonise?

Do Ports Make Good Hydrogen Hubs?


  • Ports and their staff are used to handling cargoes of all types including gases, chemicals, liquids and liquified gases.
  • They generally have space for the tanks to store hydrogen.
  • They have a good electrical connection for an electrolyser to create green hydrogen.
  • They have lots of uses for hydrogen.

Any excess hydrogen can be exported to someone who needs it.

It seems to me, that a port is a good place for a hydrogen hub.



November 6, 2021 Posted by | Energy, Hydrogen | , , , , | 1 Comment

Fortescue Expands Green Energy Into PNG

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on Perth Now.

This is the first paragraph.

Mining magnate Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest’s Fortescue Future Industries plans to develop more than a dozen hydropower and geothermal energy projects in Papua New Guinea.

Other points from the article include.

  • Green hydrogen and ammonia will be created.
  • This will create a domestic and export industry for a country that relies heavily on imported oil.
  • Papua New Guinea will become a leader in the world’s renewable energy transition.
  • The target is 2.3 million tonnes of green hydrogen a year.

There is also a commitment to the various communities of Papua New Guinea of training, employment and business development opportunities.

I estimate that to produce 2.3 million tonnes of green hydrogen a year, would need around 600 MW of electricity twenty-four hours a day on every day of the year.

November 6, 2021 Posted by | Energy, Hydrogen | , , , | Leave a comment

Eden Project: Geothermal Heat Project ‘Promising’

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

This is the first paragraph.

A three mile-deep (4.8km) borehole has shown “promising” prospects for a geothermal heat plant in Cornwall.

Eden estimates the borehole can produce enough heat for 35,000 homes.

Geothermal energy is only at the beginning in the UK, but just because we don’t have any active volcanoes, we shouldn’t discount it.

On the other hand, we do have a lot of water-filled abandoned coal mines, which in former mining areas of the UK can and will provide a substantial amount of district heating, as I wrote in Exciting Renewable Energy Project for Spennymoor.

And then there’s one-off project’s like Bunhill 2 in Islington, which I wrote about in ‘World-First’ As Bunhill 2 Launches Using Tube Heat To Warm 1,350 Homes.


The UK may not be an Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, New Zealand, Philippines or the USA, but according to Wikipedia we have a good potential.

  • Deep geothermal resources could provide 9.5GW of baseload renewable electricity.
  • Deep geothermal resources could provide over 100GW of heat.

I think my most significant post on geothermal energy is Schlumberger New Energy And Thermal Energy Partners Form Geothermal Development Company STEP Energy.

Schlumberger and the other oilfield services companies have a very serious problem.

With countries abandoning oil and gas, they have lots of engineers, geologists and other staff, who will not be needed by the oil and gas industry.

But their expertise and skills can be transferred to the geothermal heat and power industry. This will benefit the staff, the companies and the world!

The other place there expertise can be used is in the storage of captured carbon dioxide.

November 6, 2021 Posted by | Energy | , , , , , | 1 Comment

A Special Weekend Timetable Has Been Put In Place For Lincoln Christmas Market

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

This is the first paragraph.

The timetable has been put in place for Lincoln Christmas Market with direct services from Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness.

It looks to be a clever piece of planning, whilst work is carried out on the East Coast Main Line between Doncaster and Peterborough.

  • Services will be diverted onto the Great Northern and Great Eastern Joint Line though Spalding, Sleaford and Lincoln.
  • Will the trains be using the new tracks at the Werrington dive-under.
  • Nine-car Class 800 bi-mode trains will be used.
  • On the Saturday, there will be two trains per hour (tph) in both directions.
  • Of these trains, five trains per day (tpd)  in both directions will stop at Lincoln Central station.

It does appear that LNER are making the best of a difficult situation.

Passengers going to Lincoln for the Christmas Market will not be disappointed.

Grand Central Trains

Grand Central Trains are also using the diversion route.

Hull Trains

Hull Trains are also using the diversion route.

On the Saturday, there will be five tpd in both directions.

These can be doubled up to ten-car trains if the demand is there.

Lumo Trains

Lumo trains don’t appear to be running.


Network Rail seem to have done a cunning piece of timetabling.

There’ll be trainspotters galore in the centre of Lincoln.

November 6, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Harmony Energy Income Trust Eyes IPO To Develop 213.5MW Of Tesla Battery Storage

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Solar Power Portal.

The article is a very detailed look at Harmony and their development of energy storage, using Tesla hardware and software.

It also has things to say about the energy storage market in general.

This is a paragraph.

Paul Mason, managing director of the Investment Adviser, said battery energy storage offers exciting growth potential, with an expected requirement of up to 43GW by 2050 from just 1.2GW now.

It is certainly looking that companies like Harmony Energy Income Trust will be important in funding this extreme growth of energy storage.

November 6, 2021 Posted by | Energy, Energy Storage, Finance | , | Leave a comment

‘Unique’ Solar-Storage Solution Providers Plot 300MW / 3.6GWh Australia Project

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Energy Storage News.

The first two paragraphs outline the system.

A 1,200 hectare site in South Australia has been secured by a developer hoping to use it to build a 300MW solar power site with 3.6GWh of energy storage, based on a novel technology solution.

Europe-headquartered renewables company Photon Energy is working to roll out the technology created by Australian company RayGen. It combines a kind of concentrating solar power (CSP) + solar photovoltaics (PV) hybrid that RayGen calls ‘PV Ultra’, paired to a long-duration energy storage tech dubbed ‘thermal hydro’.

Thermal hydro appears to be an interesting concept, which uses hot and cold water reservoirs to store energy. Electricity is retrieved using a Rankin cycle engine and the claimed roundtrip efficiency is seventy percent.

This power plant might seem to be very futuristic, but a 4MW solar with 3MW / 50MWh of energy storage project is already under construction and should go on-line in the middle of next year.

The developer; Photon Energy hopes to get the giga-plant ready-to-build by the end of 2023.

This concept could be a very useful one, where there is enough sun for concentrating solar power.

November 6, 2021 Posted by | Energy, Energy Storage | , , , , | Leave a comment

TfL Considering Extending DLR As Far As Abbey Wood

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on New Civil Engineer,

I am ambivalent about whether the Docklands Light Railway is extended from Beckton to Thamesmead or Abbey Wood.

This map from Ian Visits shows the area.

I’ve always preferred a high bridge from Barking Riverside to Thamesmead.

In There’s A Lot Happening Around Tilbury And Gravesend, I said this.

My personal preference for another connection would be to build a bridge between Barking Riverside and Thamesmead, to take the Gospel Oak to Barking Line over rather than under the Thames, if this was possible. I would use tram-trains on the railway, that if required did a walkabout around the estates as trams on both sides of the river. The bridge would also be open to cyclists and pedestrians.

Properly designed, the bridge could be a visitor attraction in its own right!

But could the bridge taking the DLR over the river become an attraction?

November 6, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , | 1 Comment

My Cardiac Echo Stress Test

I had a cardiac echo stress test today at Barts Hospital.

It has been almost fifty years since, I’ve been to that part of the hospital. And it was heart problems then. Not mine but my mother-in-law’s.

She had a very dodgy ticker and had two heart valve replacements. Her valve was  noisy and once she emptied a bus, as someone thought it was a bomb.

Doctors have thought one of my heart valves was leaking badly, but after the first part of the test, the doctor felt that it wasn’t that bad, so cut the test short.

  • One of my valves does leak, but not badly and it just needs to be watched.
  • The doctor also said, that it won’t need open heart surgery, as methods have improved.
  • So instead of a two hour examination, I had left after forty-five minutes.

That’s the sort of health care I like.

November 6, 2021 Posted by | Health | , , | 3 Comments

Fortescue Future Industries Acquires Xergy Assets To Develop Hydrogen Tech Company

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

These are the first two paragraphs.

Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) has made yet another bold move in the ‘green-energy’ space with the acquisition of Xergy Inc and Xergy One Ltd’s commercial assets to form a new, wholly owned subsidiary called FFI Ionix Inc.

Poised to operate in the United States, FFI Ionix will function as a technology development company focused on the global commercialisation of hydrogen technologies such as ion exchange membranes for water electrolysis, electrochemical compression, water transmission and fuel cells.

It certainly appears that Andrew Forrest is building a company to handle all aspects of the production and use of green hydrogen.

He has signed deals with Argentina, JCB and Jordan.

He has been at COP26.

He is advertising on London’s taxis and at least one bus!

He has been interviewed by The Times.

I await Mr. Forrest’s next green hydrogen deal with interest.

November 6, 2021 Posted by | Hydrogen | , , , , | 1 Comment