CSL buys MAN GenSets for hydrogen feeders
Samskip’s hydrogen-powered feeders will have backup diesel-electric propulsion from MAN’s high-speed gensets, thanks to an order from Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL), a major shipbuilding company in India. CSL is building two short-sea feeder container ships for the Rotterdam-based Samskip Group.
The vessels, which are part of the SeaShuttle project, will be among the first in the world to be propelled by standalone 3.2 MW hydrogen fuel-cell systems. Using a permanent magnet generator, the 2 × 2 × MAN 12V175D-MEV variable-speed GenSets will function as a backup, creating a diesel-electric propulsion plant.
The 500-teu, 135-meter ships will be delivered in Q3 and Q4 of 2025, respectively, and they will be used to transport cargo between Rotterdam and Oslo Fjord, which is around 700 nautical miles away. They will also be prepared for autonomy and able to be operated remotely.
CAA sets out hydrogen challenge in aviation
In an effort supported by the Civil Aviation Authority, the potential of hydrogen as an aviation fuel with zero carbon emissions will be looked at.
With funding from a fund managed by the Department for Science, Innovation, and Technology totaling about £940,000, the ‘hydrogen challenge’ will remain open until February 28.
The grant-based fund gives local governments and regulators the ability to contribute to the development of a business-friendly and investment-friendly regulatory environment in the UK.
The development of hydrogen as an aviation fuel is still in its infancy. The CAA claims that the industry still lacks a thorough awareness of the threats to aviation safety and the appropriate certification approach.
UAE moving towards green hydrogen manufacture using solar power
The United Arab Emirates is still making strides in the manufacture of green hydrogen using solar power. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park project was started two years ago in partnership with DEWA, Expo 2020 Dubai, and Siemens Energy. Its continued success has established the UAE as a significant player in the development of sustainable energy solutions. The Middle East and North Africa’s first solar-powered hydrogen production project is called Green Hydrogen.
This cutting-edge 10,000 square meter pilot plant is intended to investigate the possible uses of hydrogen in industry and transportation, among other areas. The Green Hydrogen Project uses solar power from the MBR Solar Park during the day. It is housed at the DEWA Research and Development Center inside the Solar Park.
CM Energy increases shareholding of CM Xiageng
The Capital Increase Agreement signing ceremony between CM Energy, Tan Kah Kee Innovation Laboratory (TKK Lab), IKKEM Technology and Industry Development (IKKEM Tech), and CM Xiageng Hydrogen Energy Technology (CM Xiageng) was successfully held in Xiamen.
The parties have reached an agreement to enhance CM Energy’s ownership stake in CM Xiageng. To further strengthen the business’s capacity for innovation and research, the Board selected Dr. Gao Xiaoping as Chief Scientist the same day.
Caterpillar starts hydrogen-hybrid power solution demonstration
Caterpillar is going to build a cutting-edge hydrogen-hybrid power solution demonstration project using its new C13D engine platform.
Cat plans to build a transient-capable system for off-highway applications, with a launch date in the first quarter of 2024. The study will show how modern electric-hybrid parts and management systems might enable hydrogen-fueled engines to match or surpass the power density and transient performance of conventional diesel engines.
As the project’s prime contractor, Caterpillar will handle system integration and engine research and development. Further specialized knowledge will be supplied by other academic and industry partners. Cat facilities in Texas and Illinois will be the sites of the work.
The U.S. Department of Energy will support the project and provide some funds. It is one of 45 projects getting funding to improve research, development, demonstration, and implementation in numerous areas crucial to lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the transportation sector, spread throughout 18 states and Washington, D.C.
Osinbajo: African nations must cooperate to grow green hydrogen
Former vice president of Nigeria Yemi Osinbajo asserts that African nations must cooperate in order to grow their green hydrogen industry because competition will not lower costs.
He said this in Windhoek during a cluster conference of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
According to Osinbajo, cooperation amongst African nations will guarantee the industry’s success on the continent.