Pohang’s quest for hydrogen supremacy
Pohang, located in Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea, is stepping up as a major player in the global hydrogen economy. With a vision to transform into an eco-friendly hydrogen city, Pohang aims to build a sustainable and innovative urban landscape that revolves around hydrogen energy. This endeavor is part of the ‘Pohang City Hydrogen City Project,’ which was selected by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport last year. By creating a robust hydrogen ecosystem for housing and transportation, the city aspires to offer its citizens a healthy, clean, and futuristic experience. The recent interim report on the establishment of a master plan marks a significant milestone in Pohang’s journey towards becoming a trailblazing hydrogen hub.
Paderborn’s first hydrogen garbage truck
The first locally-produced emission-free garbage truck has been put into service by the waste disposal and city cleaning business Paderborn (ASP). A fuel cell garbage collection truck has now been added to the fleet of the ASP after some automobiles and road sweepers had already undergone electric drive conversions. The car is 1.05 million euros in price.
The Federal Ministry for Digital Affairs and Transport is providing the car with funding totaling about 700,000 euros as part of the National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology. The financing pot allows the ASP to make this purchase because it pays for 90% of the costs over those of a conventionally driven car.
Wacken Open Air rocks with hydrogen power
In a harmonious fusion of music and green energy, the world-renowned metal music festival, Wacken Open Air, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, will experience a surge of environmentally friendly power this year. Thanks to a sponsorship from renewable energy company GP Joule, parts of the festival will be energized by green gas derived from hydrogen. GP Joule sources this eco-friendly hydrogen from eFarm, Germany’s largest green hydrogen mobility project, which is already fueling cars and local buses with this clean energy source in North Friesland. The hydrogen will be converted into electricity using fuel cells from SFC Energy, ensuring a green and sustainable power supply for the festival.
Smartenergy plans to make green hydrogen in Egypt
According to a report in Egypt, the Swiss company Smartenergy plans to grow in Egypt by generating green hydrogen through a about $1 billion initiative.
According to the article, Smartenergy has advanced in its negotiations with the Egyptian government to build a facility and begin producing hydrogen there.
Smartenergy, a company established in 2011 with its headquarters in Switzerland, specializes in making investments in projects related to renewable energy. In Germany, Italy, Spain, and Portugal, the company is currently working on projects.
Henry Royce Institute launches UK hydrogen accelerator
The Henry Royce Institute’s new Royce Hydrogen Accelerator (RHA) will unlock the UK’s hydrogen capabilities by finding R&D possibilities in hydrogen materials, attracting investment, and pulling them through the UK’s scientific and industrial community. The acceleration was supported by ministers from the Departments of Science, Innovation and Technology, Business and Trade, and Energy Security and Net Zero, according to the institution.
The Henry Royce Institute built the hydrogen materials accelerator to route possibilities through this ecosystem and improve the UK’s most important hydrogen technologies. By offering hydrogen supply chain R&D prospects to local and international investors as an attractive, de-risked prospectus, the RHA will immediately release $190-254 million in capital.
The accelerator will cooperate with government, industry, academia, and investment to discover and fund hydrogen supply chain materials challenges.
Costa Rica launches hydrogen school
Young people in Costa Rica will be trained in hydrogen technology as part of a new program dubbed the Hydrogen School, which intends to give them chances and skills for the country’s transition to clean energy.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Ad Astra Rocket Company, and 21st Century Strategy Association worked together to create the program. It provides unemployed adolescents from the Chorotega region with informal education with scholarships for practical training.
Decarbonizing Costa Rica’s energy sector depends on hydrogen. Since 2011, the nation has led the region in the usage of hydrogen, particularly for transportation. The Hydrogen School is aware that this change needs to be driven by a technical workforce.