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UK Ports Need GBP 4 Billion Investment To Help Unleash Floating Offshore Wind Industry – Report

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

This is the sub-heading.

A new report by the Floating Wind Offshore Wind Taskforce says up to eleven ports around the UK will need to be transformed as fast as possible into new industrial hubs to enable the roll-out of floating offshore wind at scale

This is the first paragraph.

The report contains a series of recommendations which could see 34 GW of floating wind installed in UK waters by 2040 if the country’s government takes swift and decisive action. At present Ministers have set a target of 5 GW by 2030.

What a lorra lorra lot of wind! (With apologies to Cilla!)

March 15, 2023 Posted by | Energy | , , | 1 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

Hydrogen Super-Hub May Be Headed To UK’s Port Of Southampton

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

It is an interesting article and behind Southampton’s move is this proposition.

The hope is that making the location a hydrogen super-hub would greatly reduce its CO2 emissions.

This paragraph, explains what they will do.

This location would not focus on green H2, but would instead use carbon capture, usage, and storage (CCUS) technology to cut back on the CO2 emissions produced through this hydrogen fuel production. In this way, it would provide a zero-emission fuel while decarbonizing much of the process of its creation. It would provide that locally produced fuel to industries and activities that are currently highly polluting.


  1. They are not going to generate green hydrogen, which is usually produced by electrolysis using renewable energy.
  2. So how will they create hydrogen?
  3. Increasingly, carbon capture, usage, and storage (CCUS) is being talked about, rather than just carbon capture and storage (CCS). Surely, this is an improvement.
  4. Will we see hydrogen-powered tugs and boats used by the port?

This could be a good move by the Port of Southampton.

December 16, 2020 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , , | Leave a comment

Arup Called In To Help New Zealand Run Ports And Trains On Hydrogen

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on Global Construction Review.

This is the first paragraph.

UK consulting engineer Arup has been brought in to help design and deliver a hydrogen factory for New Zealand’s second largest port. Ports of Auckland said it plans to build a production facility to make the gas from tap water, which it will use to fuel ships, trucks, buses, cars and trains.

It is all part of the aim of making the port of Auckland, zero-carbon by 2040.

I think we’ll see other large self-contained sites like ports, airports, rail container terminals and large industrial complexes using hydrogen, as it may offer advantages over batteries in terms of range, lifting capacity and vehicle size and weight.

There is also no problem with the regular replacement of batteries in equipment like mobile cranes, which in New Zealand’s case will mean importing new ones.

I suspect, hydrogen may be more affordable to run than batteries for Auckland.


December 7, 2018 Posted by | World | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Government Must Commit To Investment In Rail Freight Connections To Ports

The title of this post, as the same as that, of this article in Rail Technology Magazine.

This is the first two paragraphs.

etter connections between English ports could boost the nation’s economy, a new study has shown.

The study of England’s port connectivity found that improved rail links could provide more effective freight journeys between key economic areas and ports, which would in turn boost productivity, provide lower costs and give access to international markets.

The study, as might be expected is comprehensive, and is this document on the Government web site.

If you need to know more about road and rail projects to the ports of England, it is a good place to start.

April 25, 2018 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , | Leave a comment