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Province of Overijssel to launch hydrogen-powered work vessel

The province of Overijssel’s new workboat will operate on hydrogen.

At the InfraTech 2023 trade show in Rotterdam on January 19, the ideas for this were unveiled. T

he province of Overijssel hopes to launch a hydrogen-powered ship first.


Auburn University in feedstock-to-hydrogen project

Auburn University academics are leading a $2 million (€1.8m) Department of Energy study. It generates hydrogen from legacy waste coal, forest residues, and municipal solid trash.

Adhikari claimed biomass and food waste can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide clean hydrogen at $1 (€0.92) per kilogram for the Biden Administration.

“Hydrogen Generation from Modular CO2 Assisted Oxy-Blown Gasification of Waste” seeks to understand how biomass, waste coal, and food waste will flow into the gasifier, how their composition will affect gas composition and quality, and the cost of hydrogen production from these mixtures.

RTI International, an independent, nonprofit institute that provides research, development, and technical services to government and commercial clients worldwide, is partnering with Auburn researchers to facilitate a unique combination of experimental and modeling research to produce hydrogen from the gasification of a coal-food, waste-forest residues mixture while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

A laboratory-scale fluidized-bed gasifier will manufacture hydrogen from Alabama coal waste, city and town food waste, and southern pine wastes. Cordele, Georgia-based Burcell Technologies will supply food waste.

Other project goals are to: 1) understand the effect of feedstock blends on flow properties and energy requirement for preprocessing; 2) examine the effect of feedstock blends on syngas composition and contaminants; 3) evaluate water-gas shift catalysts and sulfur and metals removal sorbents for high-purity H2 production; and 4) demonstrate 100-hour operation of an integrated system for waste blend gasification and syngas clean up and conditioning at a 1

Flow parameters for the coal-food, waste-forest residues mixture will be measured, and syngas composition will be analyzed for permanent gases including carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, methane, and hydrogen and impurities like tar, hydrogen sulfide, and ammonia.
Using data from Auburn’s laboratory-scale system, RTI will create a gas cleanup system and process model for hydrogen synthesis from waste coal-food-biomass.

Department head and alumni professor Oladiran Fasina will assist Adhikari.

This project also involves James Johnson, Caroline Whiting, and Bobby Bradford from the Department of Biosystems Engineering and the Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts (CBB).
AAES, College of Agriculture, and Samuel Ginn College of Engineering sponsor the CBB.


China leads with highest number of hydrogen stations

Currently, more than 1,000 refueling stations have been set up throughout the world.

According to the findings of a recent Information Trends survey, there are already more than 1,000 hydrogen stations operating in the world.

China has the most hydrogen stations than any other country, according to the same Information Trends report. In actuality, it includes about one-third of all locations on the planet. However, with only 100 H2 vehicle refueling stations nationwide, the United States lags far behind that number.

Japan has the second-highest number of H2 refueling stations worldwide, behind China. Third place goes to South Korea. The Asia-Pacific area is home to several additional leaders in refueling station sites, which can be attributed to these nations’ aggressive H2 programs. They include, among others, Australia, New Zealand, and India. Four additional nations in the region have also set up H2 recharging stations.

According to the survey, the only country in Europe with more than 100 hydrogen vehicle refueling locations is Germany. However, just because Germany is the only country with those numbers at the moment does not guarantee that it always will be. A refueling network will be necessary for the usage of H2, which is being vigorously promoted in many European nations. France, the United Kingdom, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Spain are a few of these nations.


Tamil Nadu green-hydrogen policy might take shape at WEF

The green-hydrogen policy that Tamil Nadu announced in the Assembly last year might be taking shape at the WEF in Davos.

According to sources, a roundtable themed “Tamil Nadu: A Green Ecosystem for Investments in Clean Energy Supply Chain” at Tamil Nadu Lounge will feature notable panelists from the global energy business offering their thoughts on the proposed legislation.

Earlier, Industries Minister Thangam Thenarasu, who had been asked by the World Economic Forum to give information about the growth of TN’s economy, underlined the state’s extraordinary industrial boom and its emergence as a centre for global manufacturing at the international platform in Davos.

The minister described how TN became the only Advanced Manufacturing Hub in South Asia while addressing senior CXOs at the WEF (AMHUB). He also emphasized how TN’s robust industrial ecosystem and strong economy serve as a source of resilience in the face of supply chain challenges on a global scale. Additionally, many businesses that established manufacturing facilities in Tennessee are now utilizing cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the Internet of Things.


Universal Hydrogen completes “propeller runs” of hydrogen-fuel cell powertrain

Universal Hydrogen, a pioneer of alternative propulsion systems, recently finished “propeller runs” of their hydrogen-fuel cell powertrain mounted on a regional jet.

The California-based business published a video of the modified De Havilland Canada Dash 8-300’s wing showing its propulsion system in action. It also published a picture of the engine, which features a sizable nacelle.

At the Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington, the powertrain runs took place on January 14.

In 2020, a start-up company named Universal Hydrogen entered the market in an effort to profit from what it believes will be the aerospace industry’s anticipated adoption of hydrogen as aircraft fuel.

The company is creating a fueling system that uses interchangeable hydrogen-filled fuel tanks known as “modules” as well as a hydrogen fuel supply and distribution infrastructure.

Additionally, Universal is creating kits for converting ATR and Dash 8 turboprops to hydrogen fuel cells. The demonstration used by Universal is a modified Dash 8.

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