Dave Elliott: Towering the Future: RenewableUK’s Vision of the Transition, sees renewables providing 76% of the UK’s power needs, aided by green hydrogen use and flexible grid system development. The report notes that green hydrogen, produced by the electrolysis of water using renewable electricity, holds ‘huge potential’ as a zero-carbon alternative to fossil fuels, in particular in heavy industry, shipping, and heating homes. A strong case has certainly been made for green hydrogen use in the EU in a Fuel Cell and Hydgrogen (FCH) pathway report. Following on from the Hydrogen Council’s positive assessment that I reviewed earlier, it claims that ‘hydrogen is the best (or only) choice for at-scale decarbonization of selected segments in transport, industry, and buildings’.
Renew Extra Weekly 1st Aug 2020 read more »
Within the span of a week, major utilities Iberdrola, Uniper and NextEra all made moves into the hydrogen market, in a reminder that the miracle molecule is not the sole domain of the oil and gas sector. But whether utilities will have the ability — or need — to compete with oil companies in the emerging hydrogen market remains an open question. To date, gigawatt-scale announcements in the hydrogen sector have been dominated by the likes of Shell, BP and Equinor, typically involving plans for meeting large sources of existing demand in industrial clusters and in some cases their own oil refining operations. Prolonging the lifespan of multi-billion dollar gas infrastructure investments makes for another compelling incentive.
GTM 3rd Aug 2020 read more »
Can a hydrogen makeover save nuclear power? A radically new script is being written for the future of U.S. nuclear reactors that keep losing ground to wind, solar and natural gas competitors. Manufacture hydrogen. The Energy Department and the U.S. nuclear industry have seized on the vision of tapping energy from reactors to separate hydrogen from water, creating millions of tons of the gas a year to sell to oil refineries and fertilizer, steel and plastic manufacturers. The idea shines as another hoped-for lifeline, along with state-backed subsidies, to keep nuclear plants going years into the future. If hydrogen, the elemental atom, can produce the sun’s mighty energy, it is not too much to ask it to rescue nuclear power, the advocates say.
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Scientists have made an important discovery that they say “breaks a bottleneck” in the process of extracting hydrogen from water through electrolysis, a discovery that combines the use of machine learning to make water electrolysis more efficient. The team of scientists, led by Jason Xu Zhichuan, Associate Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), have been studying a class of low-cost hydrogen catalysts called spinel oxides.
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In the Arab world, Covid-19 has driven millions of businesses bankrupt. Unemployment rates are currently as high as 45 per cent. There are social tensions and huge migration flows. In such a situation, it is hardly surprising that the region is overwhelmed with excitement about promising announcements from Berlin and Brussels. While Germany launched their green hydrogen strategy with a €9bn package on 10 June, the EU has not hesitated and announced the to focus on low-carbon hydrogen as key technology for the transition with a €140bn hydrogen plan. But Europe will need to mostly outsource its hydrogen needs – and all eyes are on the MENA region for imports. Will the technology and the European hydrogen hunger bring growth, jobs and stability?
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