Austria’s methane electrolysis plant harnesses clean energy
Austria has marked a significant milestone in the realm of clean energy with the inauguration of what is touted as the country’s inaugural methane electrolysis plant, brought to life by the energy storage company RAG. Nestled in the industrial landscape of Krift near Kremsmünster, this pioneering facility ushers in a new era of sustainable energy generation, where natural gas is transformed into hydrogen and high-purity solid carbon, all powered by solar energy and, importantly, without any harmful CO2 emissions.
Unifei opens green hydrogen facility
The Federal University of Itajubá (Unifei), in collaboration with the Brazil-Germany Cooperation for Sustainable Development (GIZ), opened the green hydrogen facility on Wednesday (27/9) to test the use of the molecule in Brazilian industry.
The Green Hydrogen Center (CH2V), which the German government funded with a about R$25 million investment, is situated in Itajubá, in the state of Minas Gerais (MG).
The low-carbon hydrogen studies are designed to determine whether low-carbon gas can be used in industrial processes, such as those at steel mills in MG.
In the second phase, which is set to begin in 2024, the facility will also open a car filling station with a 300 kW electrolyzer device, storage tanks, a fuelling point, and a fuel cell. This unit will have a production capacity of 60Nm3/h of green hydrogen.
ENVE members meet in Spain
This week in Málaga, Spain, members of the CoR’s Commission on Environment, Climate Change, and Energy (ENVE) are meeting. The first day of the meeting, Thursday, saw the adoption of two opinions by the participants on the management of the European Green Deal and the European Hydrogen Bank, as well as a discussion of the Green Deal’s effects in coastal regions. The two-day gathering is a scheduled event for the Spanish EU Council Presidency.
The President of Andalusia and CoR member Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla (ES/EPP) as well as the City of Malaga invited ENVE members to Southern Spain. José Enrique Millo (ES/EPP), Secretary General for External Action, European Union, and Cooperation of the Regional Government of Andalusia, and Kata Tüttö (HU/PES), Deputy Mayor of Budapest, officially launched the two-day meeting.
Cyprus to advance green hydrogen using solar
The Minister of Energy, Commerce, and Industry of Cyprus, George Papanastasiou, was quoted in India’s Solar Quarter as saying that numerous enterprises in Cyprus are proposing pilot projects for the manufacture of green hydrogen, mostly using solar power.
A specialized technical committee for hydrogen has reportedly been established in the nation to analyze the possibilities of hydrogen on the domestic market and how environmentally friendly hydrogen production could support the deployment of renewable energy sources.
The study also stated that 27 firms from various nations are working together on a hydrogen valley project in Cyprus with the goal of developing a whole value chain for green hydrogen, from production and storage through distribution and consumption.
Avaada establsihes green hydrogen and ammonia manufacturing facility at TSSEZL
A green hydrogen and ammonia manufacturing facility will be established by Avaada Group at the Tata Steel Special Economic Zone Limited (TSSEZL) in the Ganjam neighborhood.
Avaada GreenH2 Pvt Ltd, the green hydrogen division of integrated energy company Avaada Group, signed a contract with TSSEZL on Thursday for the plant in the Gopalpur industrial park. Avaada Group will purchase 120 acres of land in TSSEZL in accordance with the agreement in order to build a 0.5 MTPA green hydrogen/ammonia production complex.
Vineet Mittal, the founder and chairman of the Avaada Group, stated that the green hydrogen and ammonia produced at this facility will be exported from the current Gopalpur port to markets all over the world. A dedicated route for efficient logistics and pipeline connectivity will be provided by the utility corridor between Gopalpur Industrial Park and Gopalpur port.
Hydrexia closes Series D private equity funding
Leading integrated hydrogen technology solution provider Hydrexia Holding Limited (“Hydrexia”) has closed its Series D of private equity funding, according to the company. Qingdao Ocean Investment Group (“QOIG”) is the series’ lead investor, with participation from investors from prior rounds SB China Venture Capital, Yixing Environment Science & Technology Fund, MY Tsinghua Capital, and others.
With the completion of the Series D financing, Hydrexia has now successfully completed four rounds of private equity funding in the previous seven years. During this time, the company has developed into a technology and market leader in China’s hydrogen industry, offering ground-breaking and innovative products and solutions throughout the industry value chain.
NRL’s Hydrogen Production Unit starts regular operations
The Hydrogen Production Unit (HPU) of National Refinery Limited (NRL) has started regular operations, the company stated on Thursday.
The company stated that it has now successfully started the manufacturing and sale of High-Speed Diesel (HSD) consistent with Pak-V requirements as recently announced by the government in a notification to the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX).
In addition to avoiding penalties for producing HSD that falls short of Pak-V criteria, the company’s HSD production will grow by about 5 to 6 percent as a result of adopting Pak-V specifications, it was stated.