Offshore engineering consultancy Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions (GDG) has been appointed to support sustainability consultant ERM in its development of a floating turbine powered hydrogen production system. According to ERM, the ERM Dolphyn will enable offshore wind resources to contribute to hydrogen production which the firm believes will be critical to meeting future energy needs. ERM has said that the Dolphyn project brings together the latest floating wind and hydrogen production technologies. The Dolphyn concept employs a modular design, integrating electrolysis and a wind turbine on a moored floating sub-surface structure to produce hydrogen from seawater using wind power as the energy source.
New Civil Engineer 16th May 2021 read more »
It’s pouring with rain at the JCB testing quarry on a Tuesday afternoon in Staffordshire, but the JCB 3CX backhoe loader is just getting fired up. The driver spins his cabin around a few times as if doing a twirl, then edges out towards the centre of the quarry and extends a claw. It may look much like the thousands of other JCB diggers found on building sites around the world, but this one is different. JCB’s trademark bright yellow has been replaced by green, and the white puffs coming from the exhaust pipe are not smoke but water vapour. The sound is smoother. Its task is not so much to dig but to try out JCB’s latest effort to help save the planet – and the combustion engine. Powering the machine is a new hydrogen engine developed by the company, which it predicts could be a better alternative to diesel than electric batteries or hydrogen fuel cells for much of its heavy construction machinery.
Telegraph 16th May 2021 read more »
A pioneering project that would use wastewater from an Aberdeenshire distillery as a feedstock for producing clean-burning “green” hydrogen is in the running for a funding injection. The proposed £3.6 million, three-year “WhiskHy” scheme involves installing an electrolyser – used for splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen – at Ardmore distillery in Kennethmont. The group is led by London-based electrolyser development start-up Supercritical, which is a past recipient of funding from the Oil and Gas Technology Centre, of Aberdeen.
Energy Voice 14th May 2021 read more »