PO-Rein to Produce Hydrogen Storage Systems for Chinese Market
Plastic Omnium, in a joint venture with Rein Hytech, called PO-Rein, intends to produce and market hydrogen storage systems for the Chinese market. PO-Rein plans to build a pilot production line for high-pressure hydrogen tanks by 2025 and aims to deploy a mega-factory by 2026 with a production capacity of 60,000 tanks annually for mobility.
Bavaria’s Economic Minister Pushes for Federal Hydrogen Network
Bavaria’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Hubert Aiwanger, is advocating for a federal-level hydrogen network to bolster the energy transition. He calls for the federal government’s swift and robust support in developing a hydrogen infrastructure. Aiwanger is leading the Conference of Economic Ministers, where the focus is on creating conducive conditions for the ramp-up of the hydrogen economy. Bavaria has been proactive in promoting electrolyzers and hydrogen filling stations, and Aiwanger urges the federal government and other states to follow suit.
Hydrogen Propulsion Makes Headway with ArianeGroup’s HyPERION Project
ArianeGroup, a joint venture of Airbus and Safran, has successfully piloted the HyPERION project, testing the potential of a hydrogen conditioning system in powering an aeronautical gas turbine. This project represents a significant step in the aeronautics technology roadmap for 2035, paving the way for hydrogen propulsion systems for commercial aircraft. Through various tests, the HyPERION project evaluated the full process from fuel exit from the tanks to ignited gas expulsion. The successful test is the first step in applying ArianeGroup’s space technologies to aeronautical applications.
Airbus Tests Hydrogen Fuel Cells for Airliner Power
Airbus UpNext, Airbus’ technology innovation subsidiary, is initiating a program to test hydrogen fuel cells as auxiliary power units (APUs) for airliners. The test, involving an Airbus A330 demonstrator called HyPower, will replace the conventional APU with a hydrogen fuel cell to power non-propulsive systems, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Airbus UpNext plans to demonstrate the operability and integration of the system with a flight by the end of 2025, reaching up to 25,000 feet for an hour with 10 kg of gaseous hydrogen on board.
Dovetail to Power Planes with Hyundai’s Hydrogen System
Australian electric aviation startup, Dovetail Electric Aviation, collaborating with airliner Rex to retrofit planes with electric motors, has announced the use of Hyundai’s hydrogen fuel cell system, ‘HTWO’, to power its electric powertrains. The HTWO system, designed to power various types of vehicles, will be integrated into Dovetail’s ‘Iron Bird’ plane that successfully tested a 250kW battery earlier this year, with the first flights anticipated in early 2024.
Valenciaport recognized for pioneering hydrogen use in Europe
At the Green Gas Mobility Summit 2023, Valenciaport received recognition for its H2Ports initiative, which aims to employ hydrogen in port operations and its “firm commitment” to decarbonization, as the “Best innovation project in the renewable gas value chain.”
Its main goal is to “test and validate hydrogen technologies on port machinery that allow us to have applicable and real solutions without affecting the performance and safety of port operations and with zero local emissions.” This internationally renowned effort has this as its main goal.
The Valencia Port Authority (APV) announced that the H2Ports initiative was up against eleven other initiatives for these awards, which aim to recognize, support, and raise awareness for startups and innovative projects with the greatest growth potential along the renewable gas value chain, from production and distribution to use in transportation.
First methanol-to-fuel cell power chain tested by PowerCell, e1 Marine, and Maritime Partners
As part of the certification of Maritime Partners LLC’s M/V Hydrogen One inland push boat, PowerCell Group and methanol-to-hydrogen technology company e1 Marine, in collaboration with RIX Industries, conducted a string test of their respective technologies for a 200kW propulsion chain.
The main power-train components were assembled and tested as a unit during the string test, which took place on land at the PowerCell Group’s headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The test findings, according to PowerCell, demonstrate the viability of a concept that uses methanol fuel to create hydrogen on board ships before using the hydrogen in a fuel cell to produce power in an effective and clean manner.
Doral Energy Group, Samsung C&T, and Infinite Green Energy deliver MEG HP1 hydrogen project
The MEG HP1 Hydrogen Project in Northam, Western Australia (WA), is being developed and built by Infinite Green Energy (IGE) and Samsung C&T Engineering & Construction Group (Samsung C&T). Doral Energy Group (DEG) is the last partner in this project.
The strategic cooperation between IGE, DEG, and Samsung C&T is described in this joint development agreement, along with the major terms, developing comprehensive design, and milestones to successfully accomplish a Final Investment Decision (FID).
SunHydrogen approval of $3.1M in funding for project NanoPEC
With the approval of Project NanoPEC, a three-year initiative that will bring the Company together with six partners in Germany at the cutting edge of industry and science to quickly advance SunHydrogen’s technology toward commercialization, SunHydrogen, Inc. (OTC: HYSR), the developer of a ground-breaking technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and water, has made an announcement.
The main goals of Project NanoPEC, which is overseen by the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics, include developing manufacturing technology to facilitate automated production on a 1000-unit scale and bringing SunHydrogen’s patented technology to a demonstration plant scale.
Port of Antwerp-Bruges president of Belgian Hydrogen Council board
The Belgian Hydrogen Council (BHC) was established in March by WaterstofNet and Cluster Tweed to solidify and enhance Belgium’s position as a cutting-edge center of excellence for clean hydrogen in Europe and globally. The Council formally establishes a collaboration and unites the industrial hydrogen ecosystems in Flanders, Wallonia, and Brussels, which are representative of the entire Belgian hydrogen industry.
The Council’s “Tasks”—a number of themed working groups—serve as its lifeblood. They concentrate on issues including education, internationalization, promotion, infrastructure, and policy.