Hydrom issues RFQs for green hydrogen projects

In order to find companies interested in the green hydrogen project blocks announced in Oman last month, Hydrom has sent out more than 40 requests for qualifications (RFQ).

While continuing to distribute RFQs to interested parties, the corporation will start inviting bidders to submit their ideas. In addition to local businesses, bidders for the round came from Western and Northern Europe, South-East Asia, India, and the United States.

Two blocks in Duqm were made available in the first round, which began on November 6, 2022, for green hydrogen projects that would be awarded by the first quarter of 2023. By the first quarter of 2023, four more blocks will be available, and they should be granted by the year’s end.

EU anticipated to present rules for renewable hydrogen on December 15th

The Commission is anticipated to present the so-called additionality guidelines, which define the conditions under which hydrogen will be regarded as renewable, on December 15.

Utilizing clean power, water is electrolyzed to create green hydrogen. The regulations aim to connect actual renewable electricity output to nearby hydrogen production through a temporal and geographic correlation component; hydrogen production must be as close to a wind farm as possible and must create hydrogen while the wind is blowing.

On December 15, the European Commission plans to make the delegated act available for four full weeks of public comment. That seems generous compared to the 24 hours that associations are currently allowed in Germany. However, this is a complete rush in terms of EU regulations.

ATCO Australia to test run Panasonic hydrogen fuel cells

To test its upcoming hydrogen fuel cells, Panasonic has teamed up with ATCO Australia.

As part of the international push toward hydrogen as a future energy source, ATCO will conduct a test of the emerging energy technology at its Clean Energy Innovation Hub in Jandakot.

As part of the cooperation, Panasonic’s fuel cells will receive pure hydrogen injections that will transform the hydrogen into electricity for both domestic and commercial use. Each fuel cell is expected to provide five kilowatts of power.

It will assist in determining whether hydrogen produced by renewable technology is sufficient to replace the current fossil fuel energy sources.

Fortescue and ATCO launch green hydrogen refuelling station in Western Australia

The first green hydrogen refueling station in Western Australia has been launched by Fortescue and ATCO Australia at ATCO’s Clean Energy Innovation Hub in the greater Perth area.

The H2 Refueller employs green hydrogen that is electrolyzed on-site at ATCO’s Jandakot facility using renewable electricity. With the potential to recharge a Toyota Mirai with green hydrogen in less than five minutes and support up to 500 kilometers of emissions-free travel, it will allow Fortescue, ATCO, and other parties, such as the WA Police, to support their fleets of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

The station and Fortescue and ATCO’s fleet of Toyota Mirai will serve as a showcase for hydrogen mobility in the State, supporting the transition to the next generation of zero-emission transportation. The station was officially opened by WA Premier Mark McGowan and Minister for Hydrogen Industry Alannah MacTiernan.

Greenzo Energy India to produce green hydrogen in Gujarat

In Gujarat’s Sanand-II Industrial Estate, a subdivision of the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC), Greenzo Energy India Limited will construct an electrolyser manufacturing facility and the balance of plant (BOP) for producing green hydrogen.

Real Time Accelerator Fund has committed to investing $1,000,000 in the startup for the same purpose. The Fund has made the decision to name Amit Singal as the investors’ nominee director on the company’s board.

The business plans to direct the initial investment on market research, business development, lab equipment, technology evaluation, and hiring a capable workforce. The business has applied for 20,000 square meters of land through the GIDC portal.

The company and public limited companies in the UK have an MOU for project engineering. While for technical assistance, it will work with its own team of former National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) officers and technology trailblazers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).

Habeck wants a network of hydrogen pipelines with state involvement

German plans call for the state to help create a network of hydrogen pipelines, according to the Federal Ministry of Economics.

This is based on a draft that the department head Habeck made and made available to the news organization Reuters. This states that by 2027, at least 1,800 kilometers of lines must be constructed. Initially, industrial activities that cannot be powered by green electricity will be the main usage of hydrogen. For instance, this holds true for the steel and chemical sectors.

Bologna launches one of the largest fuel cell bus projects in Europe

One of the largest fuel cell bus projects in Europe is being launched in Bologna, with 127 units anticipated to be in service by the middle of 2026. (34 to arrive by 2024).

A contract to this effect has been signed by the Bologna City Council, public transportation provider TPER, and Srm. For this objective, Next Generation EU funding totaling over 90 million euros has been invested.

The agreement calls for the acquisition of 127 hydrogen-powered buses by June 30, 2026, with at least 34 of those vehicles arriving by the end of 2024, as well as the development of the necessary infrastructure.

At its city depots, TPER will oversee the processes for the acquisition of the vehicles and do the necessary work for the hydrogen filling stations. According to a news statement from the city with TPER, the new hydrogen-powered vehicles will primarily replace Euro II and III class diesel-powered buses, followed by Euro IV, V, and Euro V EEV class diesel and methane buses.

Srm, which owns the crucial public transportation systems, will be responsible for ensuring that deadlines are met, particularly for infrastructure, and will frequently monitor the effectiveness of initiatives.

Algeria Sees Progress with Hydrogen

Despite having long-standing aspirations to develop a clean hydrogen industry, the bureaucratically lethargic Algeria has made little headway. Algeria is the largest gas producer in North Africa. Nevertheless, a recent statement by Medgaz, the company in charge of the named 10.5 bcm/y pipelines connecting Spain and Algeria, implies that at least some progress has been made.

The company stated last month that “Medgaz would carry out the necessary investigations throughout the year 2023 targeted to investigate the compatibility of its infrastructures for the transportation of hydrogen and blending with natural gas.”