South Australia starts hydrogen bus trial in Adelaide
From late August, two Morphettville bus depot hydrogen buses will travel across Adelaide in a groundbreaking two-year study.
Adelaide’s first hydrogen bus is green-decorated. Torrens Transit, Foton Mobility, BOC, and H2H Energy will then test two Foton Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses from the Morphettville depot before releasing them for service. HFCBs are a green alternative technology.
HFCB testing and fleet implementations are growing across public transport networks from London to Beijing and Cologne, which has a similar population to Adelaide. Hydrogen-powered vehicles have faster refueling and a longer range than battery electric buses, which may be important for serving distant metro areas and regions. Hydrogen can power buses, railroads, and other big vehicles without pollutants.
BHP drops diesel for haul trucks, claims battery electric cheaper than hydrogen
BHP has announced intentions to gradually replace its fleet of diesel trucks with electric vehicles. This shift will significantly lower the company’s scope 1 emissions while simultaneously cutting operational costs.
Making the switch to electric for mining truck fleets is a no-brainer because diesel and hydrogen both have “fuel-to-wheel” energy efficiency losses of 70%, compared to just 20% for electric.
However, the fuel cost savings exceed what BHP’s study predicts. Wiley starts his comparison with already-produced hydrogen fuel. According to energy expert Saul Griffith, producing hydrogen also involves significant losses.
Gastech 2023 in Singapore to highlight natural gas, LNG and hydrogen
Gastech 2023 Leadership Roundtables in Singapore from 5-8 September will highlight natural gas, LNG, and hydrogen as energy transition accelerators.
On the sidelines of the G20 Energy Transition Ministerial Meeting (ETMM) last week, ministers from Africa and Asia pledged to work together to prioritize affordable energy for their countries. They also stressed a South-South information sharing network for just energy transformation. South-South cooperation is vital to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Global South needs concerted action to achieve their energy, environment, and development goals. “South-South cooperation can help set up new financing mechanisms for energy transition and infrastructure development, and facilitate transfer of expertise, for the benefit of local populations, national economies, and the world at large,” said Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and special representative of the UN-Secretary General for sustainable energy for all and co-chair of UN-Energy.
Jharkhand CM approves first hydrogen fuel industry
According to an official release, Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Saturday approved the establishment of the nation’s first hydrogen fuel-related factory in Jamshedpur at a cost of more than Rs 350 crore. The proposed unit will have a capability of around 4000 hydrogen IC engines/fuel agnostic engines and 10,000+ battery systems, and it will cost Rs 354.28 crore to build it.
The announcement claimed that the unit will, on average, directly or indirectly employ more than 310 individuals. Soren announced that M/s TCPL Green Energy Solutions Private Limited (TGESPL), a joint venture of M/s Tata Motors Limited and M/s Cummins Inc., USA, will develop a fuel-agnostic, hydrogen internal combustion engine in Jamshedpur, East Singhbhum.
TES welcomes updated German hydrogen strategy
The modified German hydrogen strategy, which anticipates an increase in hydrogen demand to 95-130 TWh by 2030 with 50% to 70% to be imported, is welcomed by TES, a worldwide green energy firm. As a further indication of Germany’s long-term commitment to green hydrogen, the German government increased the target for domestic electrolysis capacity from 5 GW to 10 GW.
The revised plan demonstrates that green molecules will play a significant role in Germany’s decarbonization. Germany intends to transition away from fossil fuels by using green molecules, and hydrogen derivatives like TES’ e-NG (also known as synthetic methane or e-methane), which is the ideal drop-in fuel to replace natural gas and is generated by mixing green hydrogen with CO2, are the ideal examples. The strategy includes e-NG, which will provide accessible and bankable green molecules while assisting in the decarbonization of German industry. Germany is actively promoting hydrogen derivatives and green molecules to decarbonize “hard to abate” and “hard to electrify” sectors, as seen by the inclusion of e-NG in the strategy. According to the approach, imports of hydrogen and its derivatives will be necessary to meet the majority of the demand. And this is consistent with the initiatives TES is pursuing in Germany.