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Researchers Use Sea Water To Produce Green Hydrogen At Almost 100% Efficiency

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Hydrogen Fuel News.

This paragraph gives more details.

“We have split natural seawater into oxygen and hydrogen with nearly 100 percent efficiency, to produce green hydrogen by electrolysis, using a non-precious and cheap catalyst in a commercial electrolyser,” explained Professor Shi-Zhang Qiao, project leader at the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Adelaide.

They use what is called a Lewis acid catalyst.

In the late 1960s, I worked for ICI in Runcorn.

Most of the hydrogen they needed was produced from brine by the large Castner-Kellner process, which may have been green, but was filthy, as it used a lot of mercury.

ICI also had an older and cruder process, which produced hydrogen and oxygen, by electrolysing brine, in a simple cell.

  • These cells had a metal tub, with a concrete lid.
  • Two electrodes passed through the lid.
  • The lids quickly degraded and cells were rebuild regularly.
  • But it did produce medical grade sodium hydroxide.

Legend also had it, that the salt that collected around the lid was pure enough to use in the canteen.

In Torvex Energy, I describe a company in Stockton which is also going the sea water electrolysis route.

Having seen, its Victorian ancestor in operation, I believe that sea water electrolysis has possibilities to make hydrogen efficiently.

 

February 8, 2023 Posted by | Hydrogen | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Equinor And SSE Eye Green Hydrogen Production For 1.32 GW Dogger Bank D

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

This is the sub-heading.

SSE Renewables and Equinor, the developers of the Dogger Bank Wind Farm in the UK, are exploring two options for Dogger Bank D, the fourth wind farm the partners are looking to build as part of the development. These include using Dogger Bank D for electricity that would feed into the UK grid and/or for green hydrogen production.

This says to me, that depending on need, electricity from the Dogger Bank Wind Farms and D in particular, can be distributed in the grid or converted into green hydrogen.

  • The article says that the electrolyser could become the UK’s largest green hydrogen project
  • There will be plenty of hydrogen storage in the salt caverns at Aldbrough, which can currently store the equivalent of 320 GWh of electricity, It is currently being expanded to be one of the largest hydrogen stores in the world according to this page on the SSE web site.
  • There are currently two gas-fired power stations at Keadby and they will in a few years be joined by a third, that will be fitted with carbon-capture and a hydrogen-fueled power station.

The various wind farms, power stations and gas storage on Humberside are growing into a very large zero-carbon power cluster, with an output approaching six GW.

Any shortfall in wind output, could be made-up by using the Keadby 3 gas-fired power station with carbon capture or the Keadby hydrogen power station.

Conclusion

Humberside is getting a cluster of power stations and wind farms, that can produce almost twice the electricity of Hinckley Point C nuclear power station.

 

February 6, 2023 Posted by | Energy, Hydrogen | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Hydrogen Train To Be Demonstrated In Québec

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on the Railway Gazette.

These two paragraphs outline the project.

An Alstom Coradia iLint hydrogen fuel cell multiple-unit is to operate demonstration passenger services on the Chemin de fer de Charlevoix from June 17 to September 30.

The return service along the St Lawrence River between Parc de la Chute-Montmorency on the outskirts of Québec City and Baie-St-Paul is being organised by the province, short line operator Chemin de fer Charlevoix, tourist train operator Train de Charlevoix, hydrogen production technology company HTEC and Harnois Énergies, which will produce the green hydrogen at its Québec City site.

The Train de Charlevoix runs along the St. Lawrence River and is described on the web site as a unique experience.

I have felt for some time, that one of the uses of zero-carbon trains is as tourist trains, on quiet lines, where noise is probably not welcome.

It might even change the future of some lightly-used lines.

 

February 3, 2023 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , , , | Leave a comment

Nikola Highlights Its Integrated Hydrogen Solution And Introduces New Hydrogen Energy Brand “HYLA”

The title of this post, is the same as that of this press release from Nikola Motor.

This is the first paragraph.

Nikola Corporation, a global leader in zero-emission transportation and energy supply and infrastructure solutions, announced at a special event today that it has created a new global brand, HYLA, to encompass the company’s energy products for producing, distributing and dispensing hydrogen to fuel its zero-emissions trucks. More than 300 fleet, government, supplier, energy and media representatives were on site for the announcement at Nikola’s U.S. headquarters in Phoenix, which highlighted the progress made by Nikola’s energy and truck businesses.

The CEO is also quoted as saying.

Nikola is the only company that is successfully integrating a revolutionary new product, the hydrogen fuel cell truck, and the full hydrogen energy infrastructure supply chain under one roof

I suspect that other companies are or will be making similar claims, about similar products.

JCB are certainly showing everything you need for hydrogen-powered construction and agricultural equipment on their web site, as I pointed out in JCB: Building A Hydrogen Future.

 

When I see anything about Nikola Motor, I feel Elon Musk made a big mistake.

He chose well with the name Tesla, but shouldn’t he have registered Nikola and all its derivatives.

 

February 3, 2023 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , , , | Leave a comment

JCB: Building A Hydrogen Future

The title of this post, is the same as that of this page on the JCB web site.

The page contains this statement from Lord Bamford, who is JCB’s chairman.

I’m often asked, why hydrogen? Two years ago, I set the challenge that we should be making hydrogen engines for the construction industry and for agriculture. Two years later, we have hydrogen engines working in the kind of equipment that JCB makes. A solution that delivers power in the same way as conventional engines, but with none of the fossil fuels. We’re proving daily that hydrogen does work, that it’s a clean, renewable, transportable fuel.

Bold thinking, a lot of hard work, a lot of innovation – the kind of thing JCB has been delivering for over 75 years.

It is followed by a series of articles on hydrogen and JCB.

February 3, 2023 Posted by | Energy, Hydrogen | | 1 Comment

ITM Signs 200MW Electrolyser Deal

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

This is the sub-heading.

Agreements with Linde Engineering will be for installation at RWE’s GET H2 Nukleus project in Germany

These paragraphs outline the deal.

ITM Power has signed two contracts for electrolysers, totalling 200MW, which will be installed in green hydrogen plants in Germany that will be supplied by North Sea offshore wind.

The contracts, both with Linde Engineering, are each for 100MW of PEM electrolysers.

The machines will be installed at two plants operated by RWE in Lingen, Germany.

Note.

  1. Linde Engineering and ITM Power were preselected by RWE for these orders.
  2. ITM Power seem to be going through scale-up problems.

But the comments in the article and the orders, surely show that ITM Power is now more likely to recover.

January 31, 2023 Posted by | Hydrogen | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Centrica Announces Hydrogen Ready Combined Heat And Power Partnership With 2G

The title if this post is the same as that of this press release from centrica.

This is the sub-heading.

Centrica Business Solutions is partnering with 2G Energy AG to provide customers with 100% hydrogen ready Combined and Heat Power (CHP) systems.

This paragraph outlines the project.

The move is in response to the growing need for integrated hydrogen solutions which are a key tool in the decarbonisation of decentralised energy. As the hydrogen network develops, the highly efficient units can continue to run on traditional fuel sources, helping future proof investments by ensuring an extended life for the assets.

It does appear that the 2G units can run on biogas or natural gas and switch to hydrogen, when it is available.

2G Energy have a web site, with lots of case studies.

January 31, 2023 Posted by | Energy, Hydrogen | , , , | Leave a comment

Cummins’ First Female Engineer Retiring After Nearly 40 Years In A Pioneering Role

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Commercial Carrier Journal.

The article was picked up by my Google Alert for the Cummins X15H, which is their new hydrogen internal combustion engine for large trucks.

This is the first paragraph.

Amy Boerger, Cummins vice president and general manager of on-highway for North America, is retiring in March following a nearly 40-year career. Srikanth Padmanabahn, president of Cummins’ engine business segment, said Boerger has been critical to the company’s success and leaves behind a legacy that will propel the company ahead. “She is a trusted partner and advisor and has strengthened many customer relationships that are more important than ever as they look to us for the solutions of today and tomorrow during this period of energy transition,” Padmanabahn said.

The article is an interesting long read for anybody, who is interested in the future of large diesel engines and the thinking of one of the world’s biggest players in the diesel engine industry.

This is an important paragraph.

“When we go to customers and they ask us ‘Hey, is electric for me?’ or ‘Is hydrogen for me?’ we try to steer them away from those questions,” said Samperio, who serves . “Instead, why don’t we start with the question on what are you trying to achieve. What are your goals? How do you operate? And then after we understand that, then we’ll be in a better position to say (whether) this technology fits your operation a little better or … that technology fits your operation a little better. That way, I think it allows us to just have a conversation more about what they’re trying to achieve rather than picking winners and losers.”

Samperio will be the lady’s successor.

 

January 27, 2023 Posted by | Hydrogen | , , , | Leave a comment

Green Hydrogen Powered, Off-Grid Data Center-As-A-Service Is A World First

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Hydrogen Fuel News.

This is the first paragraph.

ECL has announced the world’s first off-grid Datacenter-as-a-Service, fully powered by green hydrogen, with 99.999% uptime at a much lower cost compared to traditional colocation data centers.

This paragraph gives details of an installation.

It runs with zero emissions at very low noise levels. The data center’s modularity combined with having no need to depend on local utilities means that it can be designed and delivered far more rapidly than other companies’ data centers. Instead of typical construction cycles that take between 18 – 24 month, ECL’s data centers take between six and nine months.

The product looks like a promising development.

I think this is the company’s web site.

January 27, 2023 Posted by | Computing, Energy, Hydrogen | , , | Leave a comment

ZeroAvia – Dornier228 – First Flight

Does Anyone Remember Suckling Airways?

They started by flying a Dornier 228 between Ipswich and Manchester airports.

But look at this Dornier 228 in a short flight from Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire.

This press release from ZeroAvia is entitled ZeroAvia Makes Aviation History, Flying World’s Largest Aircraft Powered With a Hydrogen-Electric Engine.

This paragraph describes the aircraft’s engines in this testbed configuration.

The twin-engine aircraft was retrofitted to incorporate ZeroAvia’s hydrogen-electric engine on its left wing, which then operated alongside a single Honeywell TPE-331 stock engine on the right. In this testing configuration, the hydrogen-electric powertrain comprises two fuel cell stacks, with lithium-ion battery packs providing peak power support during take-off and adding additional redundancy for safe testing. In this testbed configuration, hydrogen tanks and fuel cell power generation systems were housed inside the cabin. In a commercial configuration, external storage would be used and the seats restored.

As I suspect a Dornier 228 can fly on one Honeywell engine, this must be a very safe way to prove the concept of the hydrogen-electric powertrain.

This paragraph indicates their path to full certification and entry into service in 2025.

ZeroAvia will now work towards its certifiable configuration in order to deliver commercial routes using the technology by 2025. The Dornier 228 will conduct a series of test flights from Kemble and later demonstration flights from other airports. Almost exactly two years ago, ZeroAvia conducted the first of more than 30 flights of a six-seat Piper Malibu aircraft using a 250kW hydrogen-electric powertrain.

That is an ambitious date, but, they haven’t got to develop and certify a new airframe.

January 25, 2023 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , , , , | Leave a comment