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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?

Consider.

  • 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

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

Blue Hydrogen Is Not Clean Energy, Says Mining Tycoon

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

This is the first paragraph.

Producing “blue hydrogen” from natural gas is not a clean energy source and is being wrongly promoted as one by the oil and gas industry, a billionaire mining mogul has claimed.

The mining mogul is Andrew Forrest, who is the second richest person in Australia.

I feel he is only partly right, as there are processes coming through that use a catalyst to split the hydrogen from the carbon.

But like the taxi in the picture at the top of the article with Mr. Forrest, his words are all good publicity.

Incidentally, I do believe that in a few years, we’ll have the technology to use so much carbon dioxide efficiently, that we may see gas-fired power stations used to create both energy and carbon dioxide.

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

Green Hydrogen Can Save Us. But Waiting For It Won’t.

I saw the title of this post on the side of a green bus.

Route 43 goes between London Bridge station and Friern Barnet via Bank, Moorgate, Old Street (Silicon Roundabout) and The Angel.

So it goes right through the centre of the City of London.

Andrew Forrest is intending to get his message across to the City.

To find out more, you could always connect to the web site on the bus.

November 4, 2021 Posted by | Finance, Hydrogen | , , , , | 3 Comments

Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Future Industries Inks Deal With Kingdom of Jordan For Green Hydrogen Study

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

I can’t read the contents without subscribing, but I assume the title says it all.

However, I have a few thoughts.

This Google Map shows the Kingdom of Jordan.

Jordan is outlined in red.

The map suggests how hydrogen could be produced.

  • I would assume that there is plenty of sun in Jordan and there appears to be plenty of space for solar panels.
  • What is the potential for wind energy in the desert?
  • It would appear to me, that there are two routes to export the hydrogen. By pipeline across Israel to the Mediterranean Sea or by tanker from a port on the ed Sea, which just creeps onto the map in the South-West corner.
  • Perhaps, a giant electrolyser and export terminal could be built near Aqaba, which is Jordan’s only seaport.

What I like about this plan, is that to the North-East and South-East of Jordan, lie the deserts of Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Could these in future be carpeted with solar panels, where the electricity is fed to Aqaba to create more green hydrogen?

Andrew Forrest is a busy man and seems to be organising a one man project to provide the world with green hydrogen.

He is the second richest Australian according to Wikipedia.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see some more hydrogen deals at COP26, where Andrew Forrest is involved.

November 4, 2021 Posted by | Business, Hydrogen, World | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Australia’s FFI Plans $8.4 Billion Green Hydrogen Project In Argentina

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on S & P Global.

A couple of weeks ago I had not heard of Fortescue Future Industries (FFI), but then they did the deal with JCB, that I wrote about in JCB Signs Green Hydrogen Deal Worth Billions.

This paragraph gives a few more details of the deal with Argentina.

The Australian company, which produces green hydrogen from electrolysis powered by renewable electricity, first plans to test the wind power potential in Rio Negro, a southern province in Patagonia, before building a pilot facility and then shifting into full-scale development.

This Google Map shows the Rio Negro province.

Note.

  1. The province is outlined in red.
  2. Buenos Aires is on the estuary of the River Plate in the North East corner of the map.
  3. Puerto Madryn is a convenient port to the South of Rio Negro, which was founded by the Welsh.

According to the article, it looks like much of the hydrogen will be shipped to Germany.

Conclusion

Fortescue Future Industries is extremely serious about hydrogen.

November 2, 2021 Posted by | Hydrogen | , , , | 4 Comments

New $1 billion-plus Project In Queensland To Double World’s Green Hydrogen Production Capacity

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on ABC News.

October 31, 2021 Posted by | Energy, Hydrogen | , , , | 1 Comment

JCB Signs Green Hydrogen Deal Worth Billions

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

This is the first two paragraphs.

Construction equipment maker JCB has signed a deal to buy billions of pounds of green hydrogen, defined as hydrogen produced using renewable energy.

The deal means JCB will take 10% of the green hydrogen made by the Australian firm Fortescue Future Industries (FFI).

JCB are certainly going into hydrogen in a big way.

  • They have demonstrated hydrogen-powered construction equipment.
  • They have developed technology, so that internal combustion engines can run on hydrogen.
  • Lord Bamford’s son; Jo bought Wrightbus and company supplied London’s hydrogen buses.
  • Ryze, which is mentioned in the article was founded by Jo Bamford.
  • JCB have made a strategic investment in electrolyser company; ITM Power.

I can see JCB making more investments in hydrogen.

In terms of green hydrogen production from renewable energy, I can see three areas providing substantial amounts of green hydrogen.

  • Australia from solar and electrolysers. Australia has space and sun.
  • Africa from solar and electrolysers. Africa has space and sun.
  • Waters around the UK from wind and electrolysers.

As ITM Power have the world’s largest electrolyser factory in Sheffield and have recently raised money to build a second one, they could be the big winner in green hydrogen production.

But I can see JCB making hydrogen-powered equipment all over the world and supplying the hydrogen to run it.l

It should also be born in mind, that JCB know how to dominate a market.

October 31, 2021 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments