World Economic Forum’s industrial cluster decarbonization effort includes Andalusian Green Hydrogen Valley

The Andalusian Green Hydrogen Valley, led by Cepsa and including projects in Palos de la Frontera (Huelva) and San Roque (Cádiz), was included to the World Economic Forum’s ‘Transition of industrial clusters towards net zero emissions’ initiative on Thursday at Davos.

Connecting 100 industry clusters worldwide will decrease 1.6 million metric tons of CO2 emissions, preserve and generate 18 million jobs, and boost global GDP by $2.5 trillion.

The Andalusian Green Hydrogen Valley uses sustainable, inexpensive, and abundant energy to produce green hydrogen at competitive costs and a robust electrical network to decarbonize industry and transport.

Road, rail, air, and marine transport of clean energy is also good in the region. The Cepsa project and its partners can learn from other World Economic Forum cluster members by participating.

This type of program encourages public-private partnerships between local enterprises to share risks, infrastructure, and natural resources to decarbonize.

Orestes launches 100 million euro portfolio

Orestes launched its third offering, the Orestes Hydrogen Equity and Growth Portfolio, to fund 100 million euros and give investors access to private enterprises in the European hydrogen economy.

Orestes Hydrogen Equity and Growth Portfolio establishes 100 million euro portfolio to support 2030 European clean energy transition Hydrogen pipelines.

Orestes Hydrogen is seeking 100 million euros to co-invest with the EU in equity and growth prospects in Europe’s green hydrogen industry. Companies with proven business cases and EU or state support will receive investments, not startups. German, Dutch, and Estonian hydrogen valley initiatives use green and turquoise hydrogen technologies.

The new portfolio meets the expanded financial needs for Net Zero. Hydrogen is viewed as the foundation of a Net Zero future, and the EU and Norway have committed 5.4 billion euro to support Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEIs).

Sustainable Capital PLC issues the portfolio.

Redcar, Teesside residents concerned over switch form gas to hydrogen

Concerns have been voiced by Redcar, Teesside, residents regarding the safety of a pilot project intended to replace household gas supply with hydrogen.

Northern Gas Networks, a gas distributor for the North East and portions of Cumbria and Yorkshire, had previously presented a plan to the government and Ofgem for a hydrogen-powered region.

If the plan is approved, the gas company would have to install brand-new hydrogen systems in lieu of all existing gas boilers, stoves, and cookers in residential and commercial buildings.

According to the report, consumers think hydrogen is more explosive than natural gas and produces more dangerous nitrogen oxide.

Hydrogen Refuelling Systems to provide refueling stations to pHYnix

The French company Hydrogen Refuelling Systems (HRS) has signed a framework agreement for a definitive order of eight of its hydrogen refueling stations with pHYnix in a deal that could be worth more than €18 million ($19.4 million).

The 1.7GW pipeline of hydrogen projects being constructed by pHYnix across Portugal, Spain, and France will use refueling infrastructure from HRS as part of the arrangement, which is scheduled to last until 2027.

In accordance with the firm order, HRS will provide the hydrogen producer and distributor with eight of its stations, comprising five with a daily capacity of one tonne and three with a daily capacity of 200 kg.

In addition, pHYnix has already begun placing some of its next orders with HRS, which might result in the delivery of an additional five one-ton per day stations.

exceet to purchase all of APEX’s shares

APEX Group and exceet Group have a contract in place for exceet to purchase all of APEX’s shares.

APEX will be listed on the stock exchange after the transaction is complete under Exceet’s management. As part of the transaction, APEX will receive roughly EUR 87 million in new cash, of which approximately EUR 70 million will be used to actualize the considerable project pipeline of more than 1.7 GW and EUR 17 million to settle financial obligations.

The business is also improving its customer exposure. The activities of APEX will continue to be managed by its seasoned and technically proficient management team, headed by CEO Peter Rößner. Exceet, now APEX, is positioned for expansion with a majority ownership who has substantial industry knowledge.

APEX, established in 2000, is one of the industry’s pioneers because it has devoted all of its attention to hydrogen electrolysis facilities since 2012. The objective of APEX is to establish itself as a reputable hydrogen plant developer and operator on a global scale. APEX designs, constructs, sells, or runs green hydrogen electrolysis plants for the decarbonization of industry, infrastructure, and transportation as part of its core business, which spans the whole hydrogen plant value chain.

Afsia highlights green hydrogen as one of potential sources of power

The African Solar Industry Association (Afsia) has identified “dormant yet bursting with potential” sectors that can provide fresh revenue and universal clean energy.

Afsia’s 2023 “Solar Outlook” study, presented on January 18 at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, lists commercial and industrial (C&I), green hydrogen, solar-powered mobility, and productive energy use among Africa’s biggest potential (PUE).

South Africa dominated the C&I segment, which accounted for 28% of newly installed capacity in 2022 and grew from 2021 capacity. Afsia expects continent-wide C&I growth with over 5 GW of projects in development.

Given Africa’s strong sun irradiation, the research recommends green energy. Afsia believes Africa has ideal green hydrogen production conditions. Solar energy can cut shipping costs, according to Afsia.

Afsia’s “opportunities” forecast includes the new solar component of PUE, supported by solar household systems and minigrids, but the research notes an increasing demand for revenue-generating solutions.

Afsia analyzes solar energy system installed capacity and manufacturing potential by country. The group says 49 African countries are exploring at least 1 MW of solar systems, and 29 are considering more than 100 MW.

Africa has over 10 GW of solar projects, a major milestone. In 2022, countries erected 220 GW to 260 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity, bringing the world total to 1.15 TW.

24% to 29% of historical solar PV capacity was added in 2022. 191 GW of solar PV capacity was added in 2021, 27% of the total.

2022 was good for solar in Africa, though not as good as globally. The continent added 1 GW of PV capacity, up 14% from 2021.

SoCalGas reveals hydrogen refueling system for SunLine buses

In Thousand Palms, representatives from SoCalGas, SunLine Transit, and STARS Technology Corporation were there to introduce a cutting-edge hydrogen producing system.

SunLine’s hydrogen fuel cell electric buses will be fueled in part by the STARS-H2 project’s production of hydrogen from renewable natural gas (RNG).

According to a statement from SoCalGas, this demonstration project has the potential to provide clean hydrogen at any place close to a natural gas pipeline when scaled up, which will aid in lowering greenhouse gas emissions and advancing California’s climate and clean air goals.

Sunline intends to construct a truck plaza and gradually increase the number of vehicles that may get hydrogen fuel.

Twin Transit and Port of Chehalis sign lease for hydrogen fueling station

On land owned by the port off of Bishop Road close to Interstate 5 Exit 74, the Port of Chehalis Commissioners last week approved a new lease with Twin Transit to construct what is anticipated to be Washington’s first hydrogen fueling station.

Twin Transit will assist in building the infrastructure necessary to bring utilities to the nearby parcels of land in addition to developing the hydrogen fuelling station, which will include the installation of prefabricated hydrogen production and fueling equipment. The extension of a new access road from Bishop Road is part of that. The port expects to continue developing the site after the infrastructure is put in place.

According to Clark, as demand for hydrogen buses rises, so will the need for hydrogen fuelling stations. He claimed that manufacturers of hydrogen-powered buses reported having sold out of models for 2023 and nearly all of them for 2024. According to Clark, the project would cost roughly $10 million, and the lease will take effect on March 1st, 2023.

PrariesCan invests in C-FER’s hydrogen tech

The news that PrairiesCan will invest $3 million to update testing facilities, machinery, and technology for hydrogen fuels excites C-FER Technologies.

Alberta’s ability to make a significant contribution to the global hydrogen economy is supported by C-work. FER’s The world needs Alberta’s hydrogen and the related made-in-Alberta technology.

The investment made today in C-FER will help Alberta become a leader in the hydrogen economy by introducing Alberta’s hydrogen knowledge, skills, and expertise to the international energy sector.

The funding from PrairiesCan will enable C-FER to assist small and medium-sized businesses, service providers, and regulators in improving hydrogen-use technologies and in providing crucial information for the revision and establishment of new standards for the secure transportation and storage of hydrogen.

Australian premier to promote hydrogen in Japan

Premier Mark McGowan’s planned trip to Japan and South Korea will include discussions about the development of green hydrogen and ammonia.

The Western Australian premier has scheduled an official visit to the two nations for the following week in order to promote potential for trade and investment. The McGowan plans encourage investment in industries like agriculture and defense, with a focus on downstream processing, essential minerals, and renewable energy.

He is scheduled to conduct meetings with representatives from Austal, Mitsubishi Corp, Mitsui, Japanese Steel Mills, All Nippon Airways, and other companies after arriving in Japan on January 22. The governors of Tokyo and Hyogo Prefecture will be among the government representatives the prime will meet with.

At the fourth Clean Fuel Ammonia Association International Symposium in Japan, McGowan intends to demonstrate Western Australia’s green hydrogen and ammonia possibilities to significant international investors.

Groningen gets Hydrogen Experience Center

On the Grote Markt, Alderman Carine Bloemhoff (PvdA) of Economic Affairs inaugurated a Hydrogen Experience Center. Groningen intends to position itself as Europe’s hydrogen capital through the Experience Center.

The public can view the different possibilities that hydrogen presents in the Hydrogen Experience Center. In three specifically designed Domes, visitors may observe tangible options for training and employment as well as learn about the significance of hydrogen in the energy transition and its practical uses.

Hydrogen-powered buses and cars are already fairly well known, according to the organizations behind the promotion, including Eurosonic Noorderslag, MissieH2, the New Energy Coalition, EnTranCe, Gasunie, Enexis, RWE, Noorderpoort, Alfa-college, Ondernemersfonds Groningen, and the municipality and province of Groningen. However, these days, there are other vehicles like trucks, trains, and ships that run on hydrogen.

The general public and guests of Eurosonic Noorderslag have free access to the Hydrogen Experience Center.

Hensoldt-Nexeya invests in hydrogen

Hensoldt-Nexeya recently announced that it would be taking part in the hydrogen dredging project being managed by the regional council of Occitanie.

The organization is also developing hydrogen-based hybrid aeronautics solutions.

Hensoldt-Nexeya continually makes investments in the energy sector, particularly the hydrogen industry.

Educam begins hydrogen training in Belgium

In its facilities in Lokeren and Liège, Educam, the knowledge and training center for the automotive industry, is beginning training and certification programs for professionals and students.

To be able to operate safely, the infrastructure there precisely complies with the relevant regulations. The model workshops have sections for batteries, fuel cells, and engines. Additionally, there are two full-featured vehicles for learning about this technology.

In Europe, these brand-new Educam installations are unique. Since they are reproducible, garages who want to service hydrogen vehicles can use them. Even the legal system is taken into consideration. Both new and old buildings are suitable for installing such a workplace.

Lidl and Sapio to set up hydrogen stations

In an agreement to jointly examine the viability of setting up one or more hydrogen stations to supply road vehicles for the transportation of goods to the brand’s supermarkets, Lidl, the Italian large-scale distribution chain with more than 700 supermarkets nationwide, and Sapio, a company active in the production and marketing of technical gases, medicines, and special blends, have signed.

One of the first contracts of this kind to be signed by a significant distribution network in Italy.

If the feasibility study yields a favorable result, Sapio will be responsible for building and managing the hydrogen station, as well as for the delivery of hydrogen using its own logistical strategies, in accordance with the terms of the inked agreement. On the other hand, Lidl will ensure that the hydrogen deliveries for the cars in its fleet of logistics will be made at the stations that are built.

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