Scientists in Scotland have developed a technique to create fuel from sunlight. Hydrogen has a critical role to play in Britain’s energy future but using fossil fuels such as oil to create supplies is expensive and produces climate-changing carbon emissions. Researchers at Heriot-Watt University have found a way to use sunlight to create hydrogen cheaply and efficiently. When energy from the sun is harvested through solar panel cells, the resulting electricity is passed through water, which splits cleanly into hydrogen and oxygen. The former can then be collected as a renewable energy source. Jin Xuan, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the university in Edinburgh, has developed a new way of using this technique that can be scaled-up to meet demand for the fuel. “The barrier to solar hydrogen production is its high cost ; it costs twice as much to produce as energy from wind and biomass,” he said. “Our system will use cheap, widely available materials.”
Times 27th March 2018 read more »
Planes and trucks powered by hydrogen will be a crucial part of efforts to cut carbon emissions to safe levels, according to oil giant Shell. For the first time, the Anglo Dutch firm, which is facing calls by activist shareholders to take stronger action on global warming, has mapped out how the world could hit the Paris climate deal’s target of keeping temperature rises below 2C. While development of hydrogen cars has stalled in the face of rapid growth in battery-electric vehicles, Shell believes the gas could account for 10% of global energy consumption by the end of the century. The company’s Sky scenario, published on Monday, envisages that as fossil fuel use declines, old oil and gas facilities will be repurposed for hydrogen storage and transport. Shell has no large scale hydrogen production but is a major player in natural gas, from which hydrogen can be made. The company launched its first hydrogen refuelling station in the UK last year and on Tuesday will open a second at a service station in Buckinghamshire.
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Shell has opened a new hydrogen refuelling station in Buckinghamshire. Shell Beaconsfield on the M40 will be the first site in the UK to bring hydrogen under the same canopy as petrol and diesel. The hydrogen is generated on-site using an electrolyser that requires only water and electricity to generate the hydrogen gas. Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles convert hydrogen into electricity to power the engine and produce only heat and water when driven. They can travel up to 700 kilometres on a single tank and can be refuelled in a few minutes.
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Shell and ITM Power unveil Beaconsfield hydrogen car fuelling station. Beaconsfield is the fifth hydrogen refuelling site in the UK to be supplied by hydrogen specialists ITM Power, and the second it has opened in collaboration with Shell after the firms opened a site in Cobham on the M25 in February 2017. Fossil fuel pumps are also available in Cobham, but not directly under the same roof as the hydrogen pumps, Shell said. The Beaconsfield hydrogen filling site was partially funded by the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) – an EU-backed public-private partnership initiative – and the UK’s Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). It is the first to be opened as part of the H2ME (Hydrogen Mobility Europe) project, which has so far helped deliver a pan-European network of 49 hydrogen refuelling stations. Dr Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power, said hydrogen car drivers refuelling at the station would have access to “a clean, green fuel, which is generated on-site, eliminating fuel deliveries”.
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ENGIE has become a primary partner of Energy Observer, the first ship in the world fully powered by hydrogen and renewable energy to make a world tour. The ship, launched in April last year, produces its own hydrogen on board, by combining wind, solar, hydrokinetics and sea water. In a release ENGIE said that the Energy Observer ship demonstrates the viability of a “virtuous, decarbonised, decentralised and digitised” energy production system. Moreover, Energy Observer is undertaking a world tour over several years, led by Victorien Erussard, the founder and captain, and Jérôme Delafosse, the expedition leader.
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