Egypt to sign eight deals on green hydrogen production soon
According to the SCZone director Waleid Gamal El-Dien, the Egyptian government will soon sign eight new memoranda of understanding (MoUs) in the area of green hydrogen generation.
Gamal El-Din withheld any information regarding the potential businesses or the deadline for signing the Memorandums of Understanding. The automotive sector is one of the industries that SCZone is working to localise.
Obayashi orders MFE from Fabrum
Obayashi Corporation has placed an undisclosed order for FabrumSolutions’ Membrane-Free Electrolyser (MFE). The green hydrogen technology and manufacturing company CPH2, based in the UK, developed the MFE. CPH2 and Fabrum earlier this year signed a manufacturing agreement to hasten the adoption of MFE technology in Australia and New Zealand.
The 1MW MFE220 unit will be shipped to Auckland, New Zealand, where it might be used in Obayashi’s green hydrogen projects, in about 13 months. By 2030, the company plans to produce 4GW of MFE annually, of which 1GW will be produced and assembled internally and 3GW will be obtained through licence agreements.
Ohmium expands Spanish hydrogen presence with new appointments
Melchor Gamarro has been named general manager for Spain at Ohmium, a firm that develops, produces, and deploys innovative Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolyzer systems. In order to accelerate business expansion throughout Europe, the company has recently appointed Igor Nus Vice President Sales & Business Development Europe.
Gamarro is in charge of developing commercial possibilities in Spain and southern Europe in his capacity as general manager for Spain. He has a special emphasis on offering businesses in hard-to-decarbonize industries green hydrogen solutions. Namely, transportation, heavy industry, and energy. The management has been working in the field of renewable energy for more than 15 years. Particularly in Abengoa, Prodiel, and Longi Solar.
Igor Nus will be in charge of developing new possibilities in Central and Northern Europe in his capacity as vice president of sales and business development in Europe. He had held positions with prestigious technological and manufacturing companies like Vestas, GE, and Procter & Gamble before joining Ohmium. As Nus has clarified:
University of Orleans displays hydrogen engine
The University of Orléans will host hydrogen engine and vehicle experts on Thursday, March 30.
Hydrogen internal combustion engines have shown promising performance and cost for years. Unlike batteries and fuel cells, hydrogen internal combustion engines do not require precious metals and may be recycled.
After a first day of conferences on “hydrogen injection and combustion for internal combustion engines” in May 2022 that drew 170 participants, the University of Orléans’ PRISME laboratory (Multidisciplinary Research in Systems Engineering and Energy Mechanics) and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SIA) will host a second day on March 30, 2023.
9 manufacturers will focus on hydrogen engine operation, control, and vehicle integration with over 270 international participants.
Hydrogen – driving force behind Balfour Beatty’s heavy plant
After testing a variety of battery-operated construction equipment on a Scottish building site, Balfour Beatty came to the conclusion that hydrogen is a superior fuel for heavy equipment.
“All-electric plant isn’t yet a realistic option for our bigger sites, or for heavy plant,” Balfour Beatty group sustainability director Jo Gilroy says.
In a six-week trial, Balfour Beatty used a telehandler, a mini excavator, a two-ton dumper, and a compaction plate all at once at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. Notwithstanding all the bold boasts of equipment vendors, the kit might cost twice as much as conventional diesel-powered alternatives while performing worse.
While the wacker plate and dumper performed well and allowed for an eight-hour workday, respectively, the telehandler and excavator could only manage four hours while operating at full capacity.
She claims that battery-powered equipment, which requires less maintenance and sometimes has interchangeable batteries, is still a good, clean choice for smaller machinery like drills, breakers, and wacker plates. Nonetheless, Balfour Beatty is supporting hydrogen for the mobile plant.
More than 500 hydrogen and fuel cell firms to showcase at Hannover Messe
Over 500 firms will showcase their solutions for hydrogen production, transport, storage, and consumption at the forthcoming Hannover Messe, which runs from April 17 to April 21.
The EU Commission plans to install electrolyzers with a minimum 40 gigawatts of power by 2030 in order to gradually produce 10 million tonnes of green hydrogen, which presents a sizable opportunity for all of these businesses.
Lords to vote on forcing hydrogen boilers on people
Peers will vote on a law allowing gas distribution networks (GDNs) to force individuals to use hydrogen boilers.
The Energy Bill, which will be debated in the House of Lords on Tuesday, offers GDNs the same rights of entry used to force-fit prepayment metres. Critics have called the Government “unable to learn its own lessons.” The Government is also considering a hydrogen fee that would raise energy prices in 2025 to fund hydrogen production.
Several householders in Whitby, Ellesmere Port, and Redcar, Teesside, where hydrogen trials have been suggested, claimed they do not want hydrogen since it is less safe, less energy efficient, and more expensive than gas or electric heat pumps. Baroness Worthington has branded the proposed trial “villages of the damned,” affecting up to 2,000 homes in each area.
Cadent, the Whitby GDN, and Northern Gas Networks, the Redcar GDN, are competing to test a home-heating grid without natural gas this month. If successful, Ofgem will fund a two-year pilot in 2025. GDNs will be able to enter anyone’s residence within the specified zone for trial-related reasons under the proposed new law.