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Hydrogen bench test complex to cost 1.5 billion rubles at Murmansk’s Kola NPP

At the Kola Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in the Murmansk Region, the project to build a bench test complex for hydrogen generation is expected to cost 1.5 billion rubles.

Deputy Governor Olga Kuznetsova made this announcement at a regional government field conference in Apatity. She mentioned that the complex’s construction project was a part of the Kola NPP’s investment program and that preparation work had already started.

Vasily Omelchuk, the director of the Kola NPP, announced in July that a bench test facility for hydrogen production at the station would be launched in 2025 with a goal of producing 200 cubic meters of hydrogen per hour, or roughly 150 tons per year.

In all of Europe, Kola NPP is the farthest north. A division of JSC “Concern Rosenergoatom” owns the station (part of the largest division of the state corporation “Rosatom” – “Electric power”). On the banks of Lake Imandra, the nuclear power station is situated 200 kilometers south of Murmansk.


Costa Rica hosts green hydrogen gathering

The 38th conference of the Committee of the International Hydrogen Association has been taking place in Costa Rica since November 28 to December 1.

The main goal of this gathering is to advance hydrogen’s advancement as a crucial element in decarbonization.

Representatives from more than 20 nations met with government officials during their visit to Costa Rica, and they also saw the Green Hydrogen Electric Transportation Ecosystem at the Ad Astra Rocket company’s facilities.

Costa Rica, which has established itself as a global leader in green hydrogen, joined this association in 2019 and is now the second nation in Latin America to do so, only after Brazil.


Hydrogen Valley of Catalonia welcomes Vinci as new member

The Hydrogen Valley of Catalonia has welcomed Vinci’s Spanish company as a new member.

The next stage in Vinci Energies Spain’s goal to participate in the renewable hydrogen economy, according to Alejandro Garca, Director of Hydrogen and Ports, is joining the Hydrogen Valley of Catalonia.

The Catalan Hydrogen Valley, which includes Vinci Energies Spain, contains more than 230 public and private organizations, including 162 businesses, 42 government agencies, 12 information and research centers, and 21 associations and clusters.

The project intends to strengthen the hydrogen value chain ecosystem in Catalonia.


JCB exploring switch to hydrogen engines for large machinery

JCB now produces diesel engines for large machinery, but it wants to change its manufacturing process for a greener future. The company is developing hydrogen-burning engines for its large machinery to do this.

In order to power its equipment in a clean manner, JCB has researched hydrogen combustion engines. The business has created a four-cylinder, 4.8-liter hydrogen engine. It can produce the same amount of power and torque as the company’s Dieselmax 448 engine of a comparable size, and it should cost about the same as well. Additionally, the cleaner-burning engine might potentially be retrofitted to older machines.

JCB started with the bottom half of the current Dieselmax model to construct the hydrogen engine. The cooling system, sump, and cylinder block are identical to those in the diesel-powered version. Additionally, the hydrogen engine continues to use a standard variable-geometry turbo. But the engine is very different up top. The cylinder head and injection mechanism have been updated to accommodate injecting hydrogen gas rather of diesel. Additionally, as hydrogen is best suited for spark ignition rather than compression ignition, the engine had to be changed. The diesel fuel tank has also been removed, and its place has been taken by five 1 kilogram hydrogen gas storage tanks built of aluminum and carbon fiber.

Notably, a combustion engine that burns hydrogen can function roughly similarly to a gasoline engine that uses spark ignition. Similar to how a gas engine can be made to run on liquefied petroleum gas, a hydrogen engine may be made to run on hydrogen by essentially only switching out the injectors, albeit with less power due to induction inefficiencies. However, this issue can be resolved by designing a direct-injection engine particularly for hydrogen combustion, which might hypothetically result in an engine with 20% greater power than a comparable-sized gasoline engine.


OneH2 and Toyota Tsusho America demonstrate zero-emissions hydrogen fuel

A bus trip was organized by OneH2 and Toyota Tsusho America to showcase the possibilities of their hydrogen-powered cars and tools.

Early in the afternoon, a bus excursion left Hotel Maya, taking people from various industries to the Fenix Marine Terminal in the Port of Los Angeles.

Guests saw a live demonstration of OneH2’s hydrogen mobile refueler refueling Toyota Tsusho America’s freshly rebuilt hydrogen fuel cell top handling with sustainable hydrogen fuel during the bus tour. This event was a part of Catalyst H2, an annual gathering of hydrogen fuel producers in Long Beach, California, organized by the Green Hydrogen Coalition and Strategen to advance the green hydrogen economy in North America.

Toyota Tsusho America is collaborating with the Port of Los Angeles to switch the Port’s reliance on fuel from diesel to hydrogen in an effort to cut emissions at ports. The Port wants all of its machinery to be emission-free by 2030 and all drayage trucks that enter and leave the Port to be emission-free by 2035.

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