ISPT and its partners in the Power to Ammonia (P2A) project have recently successfully concluded a feasibility study into the storage of renewable energy in ammonia (NH3) for three business cases.
Researchers in the Reisner Group have developed a way of using solar power to generate a fuel that is both sustainable and relatively cheap to produce.
A windy week in Germany produced the expected result. Wholesale electricity prices from 19th to 26th February 2017 dipped below zero four times and much of the weekend saw figures below €25 a megawatt hour.
Shell is expanding into the hydrogen market in Europe and the US, two articles can be found below.
Coming one week after the publication of the European Commission Second Report on the State of the Energy Union, the FCH JU is welcoming the launch of one of its biggest energy projects (6MW), H2FUTURE, which took place in Linz, Austria.
Abstract: Electrifying transportation is a promising approach to alleviate climate change issues arising from increased emissions. This study examines a system for the production of hydrogen using renewable energy sources as well as its use in buses. The electricity requirements for the production of hydrogen through the electrolysis of water, are covered by renewable energy sources. Fuel cells are being used to utilize hydrogen to power the bus. Exergy analysis for the system is carried out. Based on a steady-state model of the processes, exergy efficiencies are calculated for all subsystems. The subsystems with the highest proportion of irreversibility are identified and compared. It is shown that PV panel has exergetic efficiency of 12.74%, wind turbine of 45%, electrolysis of 67%, and fuel cells of 40%.
University of California, Irvine engineers have successfully implemented the first power-to-gas hydrogen pipeline injection project in the United States, demonstrating the use of excess clean electricity that would otherwise go to waste.
ITM Power plc (LON:ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, has today announced that it will be showcasing a series of large scale electrolyser configurations up to 100MW in size at HANNOVER MESSE 2017. This is in response to utility and oil and gas industry demand for larger scale industrial installations.
The CertifHy Project, that is run by HINICIO, has finalized its work on developing a framework of the first EU-wide guarantees of origin (GO) for Green Hydrogen. At the CertifHy event on 19th October 2016 in Brussels the CertifHy consortium presented the project results and next steps to a large audience, consisting of leading industry, policy makers, industry associations and a standardization body. Additionally, speakers from a wide-range of international leading organizations such as European Commission, FCH JU (Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking), Hydrogen Europe, Air Liquide, BMW, Hydrogenics, Ekoenergy, Association of Issuing Bodies, Linde and Uniper looked at the topic from different point of views.
Electrochaea successfully operates a power-to-gas pilot plant with a power consumption of one megawatt near Copenhagen, Denmark. The future plant in Hungary will be the world's first grid-scale power-to-gas plant with a power consumption of up to 10 megawatts. © www.electrochaea.com
Hydrogen is often described as the fuel of the future, particularly when applied to hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles. One of the main obstacles facing this technology – a potential solution to future sustainable transport – has been the lack of a lightweight, safe on-board hydrogen storage material.
In this project, that has been running in 2014-2015, a consortium of eight Flemisch industrial partners has analysed the different Power-to-Gas options available today. Business cases for various valorisation pathways for hydrogen, produced from renewable energy sources, have been evaluated with an outlook to 2030-2050. Recommendations were formulated about how the Flemish industry can position itself in this future promising market (in Flanders and worldwide).
EUROPE: Hydrogen systems supplier Hydrogenics is taking part in pilots across Europe to demonstrate the potential for hydrogen electrolysers for grid balancing and renewables integration.
In a future where our energy increasingly comes from renewables, flexible production is one of the key assets for facing these challenges, but flexibility solutions all come with a cost both energetic and financial, writes Filip van den Borre
On 29 September 2016, the HY4 aircraft took off on its first official flight from Stuttgart Airport. The HY4 is the world’s first four-seat passenger aircraft powered solely by a hydrogen fuel cell system. Researchers from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) developed the aircraft’s power train and worked on the project with industry and research partners.
A clean revolution is quietly taking place on Europe’s roads. Hydrogen fuel cells are powering fleets of public buses and refuelling stations are being deployed. Building on the results of several pilot projects, uptake of the technology is accelerating rapidly, putting hydrogen fuel cells in a position to underpin zero-emissions transport Europe-wide.
Wind power has a problem — like all intermittent sources of power it’s hard to store for long periods of time. That means not only can it be ‘lost’ but also that if the wind stops blowing for a week or so then we’re forced back to gas. This is one of the main arguments used by proponents of nuclear power, for example. Well, what if there were a way to capture surplus wind power energy when it’s especially gusty and save it for times when the winds are weak? No, I’m not talking about batteries.
As an expert company providing consultancy in technologies and markets for energy transition, ENEA carried out a study for the IEA-RETD on the potential of renewable power-to-gas for the non-individual road transport sector. Indeed, mobility is the most viable market for power-to-gas, as shown in one of ENEA’s previous study. Here the study goes through an analysis of mobility uses and technology paths, TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) modeling and policy measures in order to provide recommendations on the potential of renewable power-to-gas mobility and on strategies and policy support to be set up to foster its development at large scale.
Self-assembling biomolecular catalysts for hydrogen production
The 22nd and 23rd of June, the second European Power-to-Gas Platform meeting of 2016 was held. Approximately twenty representatives of the companies involved in the Platform gathered in Copenhagen, Denmark.