Holland Shipyards begins second FPS hydrogen-driven vessel refurbishment.
The second hydrogen-driven vessel upgrade for local marine transportation service provider Future Proof Shipping (FPS) has been launched by Dutch shipyard Holland Shipyards Group.
The shipbuilder has started work on retrofitting the second vessel, FPS Waal, to sail on hydrogen power while the first vessel, FPS Maas, is in the final stages of retrofit.
Six Ballard FC WAVE fuel cells, AYK batteries, and an electric propulsion motor were ordered for this retrofit project, and soon the steel cutting for the new technical space will start.
Major Korean and American companies join hands to promote blue hydrogen
An intermediate shipbuilding holding company of HD Hyundai, HD Korea Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, aims to create a blue hydrogen ecosystem with significant Korean and American businesses.
According to HD Korea Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, this agreement was drafted to hasten the attainment of global carbon neutrality and support the growth of the hydrogen industry through the early incorporation of key American companies’ technologies, such as hydrogen fuel cells and hydrogen turbines, into the domestic hydrogen value chain.
The involved companies intend to create a hydrogen value chain through this agreement that will enable Korea to manufacture, supply, and use 250,000 tons of blue hydrogen annually.
KEPCO, GE and EPRI increase carbon neutral cooperation
A technical cooperation MOU with GE was formed after KEPCO inked an MOU with EPRI for collaboration in carbon-neutral research and development. President Yoon Seok-yeol and Vice President Lee Heung-joo of KEPCO Overseas Nuclear Power attended an agreement ceremony in Washington, DC, with Arshad Mansoor, CEO of EPRI, and Scott Strazik, President of GE Vernva.
Together with GE, KEPCO is promoting projects like the Zipura combined heat and power plant in Saudi Arabia, which is expected to begin operating this year, the Pulau Inda gas combined cycle power plant in Malaysia, which is currently under construction, and the Norte II gas combined cycle power plant in Mexico, which will begin operating commercially in 2013. We have developed a strong working alliance. They resolved to increase their current collaboration in order to develop technologies that utilise ammonia or hydrogen as fuel for current gas-fired power plants by taking advantage of this MOU.
US hydrogen and semiconductor businesses invested 2.5 trillion won in South Korea
In conjunction with President Yoon Seok-yeol’s official visit to the United States, KOTRA organized the “Korea-US Investment Reporting Ceremony” in Washington on April 25 (local time).
Six US businesses in the hydrogen, semiconductor, and eco-friendly industries disclosed a combined investment of 1.9 billion dollars (or around 2.55 trillion won) at the event, which President Yoon also attended.
Ammonia and hydrogen storage and production facilities will be built in Korea by one of the companies reporting investments, Air Products. The amount of foreign capital invested is anticipated to be the highest ever in the domestic hydrogen market. A vital component of power semiconductors for electric vehicles, SiC power semiconductors are being produced in greater quantities by ON Semiconductor, which dominates the global power semiconductor market.
A fresh investment is being made in Korea by the O-rings for semiconductors business Green Tweed.
Edmonton seeks proposals to build hydrogen fuelling station
The City of Edmonton will be taking ideas for the construction of a private sector hydrogen fueling station for city buses and transit vehicles on the south side.
The work involves working with The Transition Accelerator, a nonprofit organization attempting to help Canada meet its 2050 goal to combat climate change, as well as the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA), an advocacy group for the province’s transportation industry. Both will help review the proposals, the city said.
According to board chairman Doug Paisley, hydrogen fueling stations help the motor transport organization by giving commercial trucks access to alternative fuel.
Oracle Power inks agreement with PowerChina for hydrogen project in Pakistan
A one gigawatt solar-powered power production facility will be built in Pakistan, according to Oracle Power PLC, which announced that it has inked a collaboration agreement with PowerChina International Group Ltd.
Oracle Power is a project developer for energy and natural resource projects situated in Cambridge, England. The business is creating a project in Pakistan for the generation of green hydrogen through its joint venture Oracle Energy Ltd.
According to the terms of the agreement, PowerChina would assist Oracle in carrying out a thorough feasibility assessment, including surveying, investigation, and other study tasks, for the Thar Solar Project in Pakistan’s Sindh Province.
PowerChina will also help with finance arrangements if necessary. Oracle will establish alliances and get money for the project.
Toyota and AMRC Cymru to optimize hydrogen fuel cell assembly
By enhancing hydrogen fuel cell assembly, Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK and AMRC Cymru plan to hasten the decarbonization and digitalization of the transportation industry.
Since work on the Hydrogen Electric Propulsion Systems (HEPS) assembly testbed at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Cymru in North Wales started in October 2022, exciting new developments have been made.
The HEPS project intends to reduce the risk associated with hydrogen fuel cell assembly and manufacturing scale-up for the rail, aerospace, and automotive industries. The HEPS testbed’s initial version includes an adaptable floor, collaborating robots, and other cutting-edge Industry 4.0 technologies in a self-contained assembly area, making it ready for the development and de-risking of novel new fuel cell assembly techniques.
Toyota and the AMRC, a division of the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult, are working together on a 12-month project to enable fuel cell manufacturing in the UK. Toyota will use the HEPS testbed to assemble its hydrogen fuel cells in the North Wales facility. The Low Carbon Automotive Transformation Fund of the Welsh Government provides funding for the Toyota initiative.
Imerys and Sibelco to get hydrogen from Carlton Power’s project
The international mining and materials firms Imerys and Sibelco will get hydrogen from the UK-based power generation business Carlton Power’s Langage Green Hydrogen project.
Eight miles east of Plymouth, Devon, in Langage, Sibelco’s Cornwood plant and Imerys’ Lee Moor facility, which both produce kaolin for the brick, ceramics, and tile sectors, will receive the green hydrogen through an underground pipeline.
Both Sibelco and Imerys’ sustainability strategies heavily emphasize the move away from fossil fuels.
Imerys plans to cut its overall greenhouse gas emissions by 42% from the 2021 baseline by 2030 after committing to the 1.5 degree climate change trajectory, while Sibelco has laid forth a series of “ambitious” objectives to be met by 2023.
HRS and Gaia Future Energy team up on development of green hydrogen based mobility
Gaia Future Energy, a Moroccan green hydrogen developer affiliated company of the Gaia Energy group, and HRS, a European designer and manufacturer of hydrogen refueling stations, have just signed a memorandum of understanding to provide global hydrogen distribution solutions green for mobility by combining green hydrogen produced by Gaia future Energy and the HRS hydrogen refueling station.
In order to create commercial synergies, the parties also hope to strike a cross-distribution agreement. A collaboration that matters!
According to the Memorandum of Understanding, the teams from HRS and Gaia Future Energy will work together to hasten the development of green hydrogen infrastructure, notably in European markets. The cooperative development of large-scale hydrogen mobility projects is something that the partners are focusing on in particular. HRS would offer hydrogen distribution solutions fueled by green hydrogen produced by Gaia Future Energy in Morocco.
The partners also aim to keep looking into potential business ventures in the Maghreb. Morocco is especially well-positioned to hold a sizable share of the market for the export of renewable hydrogen to Europe thanks to its climate, which benefits from strong winds and high solar radiation, which are very beneficial for the competitive production of renewable energies and, consequently, of green hydrogen. Additionally, the infrastructure that is already in place and the region’s proximity to Southern Europe make it simple to go to Europe.
Hydrogen Utopia names planning and environmental consultants for waste plastic-to-hydrogen project
As planning and environmental consultants for their envisioned waste plastic-to-hydrogen project in County Longford, Ireland, Hydrogen Utopia International (HUI) has hired WS Atkins Ireland.
Atkins has chosen MKO to be a part of the team working on the Longford project. Atkins is a member of the SNC Lavalin Group, a design engineering and project management company.
The two will manage the required planning applications, environmental requirements and reports, and preliminary engineering requirements. They will also advise HUI’s Irish subsidiary, Alister Future Technologies (AFT), on planning and environmental requirements as well as planning strategy for the Longford project.