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Aussie Billionaire Aims To Mine $8bn US Fund For Coal-To-Hydrogen Industrial Conversion

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

These are the first two paragraphs.

Twiggy Forrest-owned Fortescue’s project to tap renewable energy on Washington state grid – where surplus hydroelectric power usually exported to Canada and western seaboard – for clean hydrogen production at Centralia site.

Fortescue Future Industries (FFI), owned by Australian billionaire Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest, is planning to convert a former coal mine in US state of Washington into a green hydrogen production facility, using funds it hopes to win from the federal government’s $8bn H2 hub fund, the company said on Friday.

These are some other points about FFI’s plans.

  • A former coal mine will be converted into a green hydrogen production facility.
  • The facility will be located at Industrial Park at TransAlta.
  • It will use 300 MW of renewable electricity.
  • Production of green hydrogen will be 110 tonnes per day or 40,000 tonnes per year.

Hopefully, they will have Federal Funds to support the development.

The article also details other hydrogen developments in the United States, with hydrogen hubs earmarked for New England, Midwest, West Virginia and Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.

It certainly looks that the United States is getting serious about hydrogen.

May 17, 2022 Posted by | Energy, Hydrogen | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Spanish Consortium Forms For $4.4 Billion Green Hydrogen Investment

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

This paragraph outlines the project.

A thirty-three company consortium, called the Spanish Hydrogen Network (Shyne) will be investing into a spectrum of green hydrogen technologies, including the installation of 500 megawatts of renewable H2 capacity by 2025. From there, the capacity will increase to 2 gigawatts by 2030. This represents half of the Spanish government’s goal for the entire country by that year, which is 4 gigawatts of capacity.

The article says this about the creation of hydrogen hubs.

The green hydrogen project’s goal is to “generate an ecosystem that connects” three H2 hubs.
The goal of the project is to develop an ecosystem in which three planned industrial H2 hubs in the Murcia, Catalonia and Basque regions will be connected. The project is also meant to support the development of two new innovation hubs in Castile-La Mancha and Madrid and will target the development of solid-oxide electrolyzers and photoelectrocatalysis.

Note that photoelectrocatalysis is the direct production of hydrogen from solar energy.

January 25, 2022 Posted by | Energy, Hydrogen | , , , , , | 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