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India prepared to manufacture hydrogen-powered cars

Nitin Gadkari, India’s Minister of Roads and Transport, stated that the nation is prepared to produce cars that operate on hydrogen and that the process has already started.

When discussing the need for electrolysers to separate hydrogen from oxygen during the Zee Auto awards ceremony, Gadkari emphasized that India has the most electrolysers in the world.

In two years, India will have hydrogen automobiles and will work to make this gas affordable at a cost of $1 per kilogram, allowing a car to go up to 400 kilometers. Additionally, according to Minister Gadkari, gasoline and electric vehicles would be equally affordable by 2023.


Hege Økland to supervise development of green ammonia in Sauda in new Hy2gen management role

Hege Økland assumes a new management role as of November 1 in an effort to make shipping emission-free.

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She will now supervise the development of green ammonia production in Sauda, a renewable power hub in Western Norway, in her new positions as Head of Iverson eFuels AS and Head of Hy2gen Norge AS. The Sauda project, also known as “Iverson,” is expected to have a first-phase electrolysis capacity of about 250 megawatts and the ability to produce 600 tons of ammonia per day. The project will be further expanded up to become one of the largest green ammonia producing facilities in the world.

One of the three partners in the Iverson project in Saudi Arabia, Hy2gen Norge AS, has hired Økland as its CEO. The trading firm Trafigura and a fund run by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners are the other partners. The three project partners have the experience and capability to complete such a project when working together.

Økland will evaluate alternative areas in Norway and Scandinavia for comparable investments in the production of green fuels in her capacity as CEO of Hy2gen Norge AS.


Poznan city invests in Solaris hydrogen buses

MPK Poznan, the city’s public transportation provider, has ordered 25 cutting-edge hydrogen-fueled buses from Solaris Bus & Coach.

The carrier used its option to increase the order by an additional 10 buses despite the tender only calling for 15 vehicles. In the second half of 2023, these state-of-the-art hydrogen units with zero emissions will be added to MPK’s fleet. The order for Urbino hydrogen buses is by far the largest.

The National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management launched the “Green Public Transport” initiative, which includes a subsidy for the investment. In the second half of 2023, 25 Urbino 12 hydrogen buses will be added to Poznan’s fleet of zero-emission vehicles.

The MPK Poznan-ordered Urbino 12 hydrogen model runs exclusively on hydrogen that is converted to energy in a fuel cell. The vehicle’s fuel cell functions as a small power plant that runs on hydrogen stored in tanks on the roof. The only byproducts of the chemical reaction that occurs in the fuel cell are heat and water, making it a very clean process. Thus, the car is completely emission-free in its immediate area. The modern 70 kW fuel cells on the 12-meter buses will get their hydrogen from five tanks with a combined capacity of 1560 liters.


Brazilian representative to discuss green hydrogen with Fortescue in Egypt

Izolda Cela, a governor from Brazil, will attend the COP27 meeting on climate change, which will be place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, from November 6 to November 18.

She was invited to a series of hearings on investments in renewable energy by Andrew Forrest, the founder of Australia’s Fortescue, with whom the state has signed a pre-contract for the construction of a green hydrogen plant.

24 protocols with potential green hydrogen investors have already been signed by Ceará. The business with the most sophisticated negotiating is Fortescue. The group signed a pre-contract in June of this year for the installation of the project in Complexo do Pecém.


ROCKWOOL tests usage of hydrogen instead of natural gas in insulation manufacture

A test will be conducted at the ROCKWOOL factory in Bridgend, Wales, UK, using green hydrogen instead of natural gas to manufacture insulation.

According to ROCKWOOL, the study, which is being carried out in collaboration with Marubeni Europower and Mott McDonald, aims to show that green hydrogen can be used as a complete fuel source for industrial processes.

Green hydrogen will replace natural gas in the Bridgend factory’s combustion systems and curing ovens thanks to funding from the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP) of the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and its Hydrogen Accelerator program totaling £400,000 ($461,750).

The research into the application of the clean energy carrier and the development of a workable on-site production solution are expected to result in a proof of concept for the strategy for ROCKWOOL and other industrial sectors in the UK.


Testing of hydrogen explosion protection panels by Rhino HySafe

Rhino HySafe says that panels made to make hydrogen refueling stations less likely to explode have passed full-scale testing.

At RAF Spadeadam in Cumbria, UK, the subsidiary of Rhino Engineering Group conducted physical testing that, according to the company, showed prompt panel opening prior to the arrival of the flame-front and swift transition to a fully opened configuration, allowing free outflow of the flame-front and combustion products.

The results of the tests, according to Rhino HySafe, showed perfect retention of the panel elements, which verified the design of the structural cassette and related fixings.

In an effort to assist international organizations in reducing the devastating impacts of hydrogen explosions in commercial settings, Rhino plans to provide the UFER (ultra-fast explosion relief) panels to the market in 2023.