The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory shared its findings on using perovskite materials to produce renewable hydrogen, while a number of entities announced new projects in Europe, North America and in China.
Emirates Team New Zealand commissioned and tested “Chase Zero”, a hydrogen foil chase boat, on the Hauraki Gulf in Auckland. Chase Zero’s top speed to date was recorded at 50.3 knots (93.16 km/h) on its ninth day of testing. Toyota supplied the pre-production hydrogen fuel cell units for Chase Zero.
Lawrence of the US Department of Energy Berkeley National Laboratory examined sponge-like materials known as “organometallic structures”. They found that they could be cost competitive with other energy storage technologies for backup power with further development. Hydrogen can be stored in porous crystalline materials made up of metal ions. Techno-economic analysis and process modeling analyzed system performance in “Cost and Potential of Metal-Organic Frameworks for Hydrogen Backup Power”, which was recently published in natural energy. “Specifically for backup power applications, they have a simple charge/discharge mechanism, allowing stored hydrogen to be released immediately after discharge without using chemical reactions, which typically require high temperatures,” said said Peng Peng, postdoctoral researcher at the Berkeley Lab.
The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) said perovskite materials could play a key role in a chemical process to produce renewable hydrogen. “NREL scientists analyzed an emerging water splitting technology called solar thermochemical hydrogen production (STCH), which may be potentially more energy efficient than producing hydrogen via the commonly used electrolysis method… STCH relies on a two-step chemical process in which metal oxides are exposed to temperatures above 1,400 C and then reoxidized with steam at lower temperatures to produce hydrogen,” said a team of researchers in “System and Technoeconomic Analysis of Solar Thermochemical Hydrogen Production”, recently published in Renewable energy.
HydrogenOne and Foresight signed a final agreement to invest in the German HH2E. They will acquire a minority stake and the right to a seat on the board for at least £10 million ($12.5 million). The investors “will provide a substantial portion of development and construction capital spanning five major projects. These projects are expected to take place at industrial sites across Germany and will cost over 500 million euros ($526.8 million) to fully develop,” HydrogenOne said. “The first project that HH2E plans to launch is expected to take place at an industrial site in Germany, where it is expected to start a new facility in 2025, supplying industrial customers on site.”
Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) has announced plans to turn old coal infrastructure into a green hydrogen production facility in Washington State. “FFI’s intention would be to seek to employ the existing coal workforce for the proposed project, facilitating a transition to the emerging green energy economy,” the company said.
Office Veritas approved the second generation of the REXH2 developed by EODev, a turnkey generator set for the supply of low-carbon electricity on ships. “The procedure for obtaining type approval on the final version of the new REXH2 has already started and should be completed by the end of 2022,” EODev said. EODev also indicated that it had signed a collaboration agreement with MobyFly “for the design of the first hydrogen-powered hydrofoil for passenger transport”.
Municipal Transport Company of Madrid has awarded a contract worth 10.86 million euros for the construction of a hydrogen plant and a photovoltaic installation at the Entrevías operating center. “The new refueling station will provide several green hydrogen refueling stations for the fleet of 10 buses that EMT plans to acquire in a first phase. The project includes setting up the necessary facilities for production, storage and distribution of hydrogen. It also includes the installation and commissioning of photovoltaic panels capable of generating all the energy necessary for the production of H2 from renewable sources”, declared the company, which operates the network of Madrid Municipal Transport The project will take approximately 19 months to complete.
Liquid airfrom Portugal CaetanoBus, and Toyota Motor Europe have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop integrated hydrogen solutions in Europe. “This will include the development of infrastructure and vehicle fleets, to accelerate the expansion of hydrogen mobility for light and heavy vehicles,” the three companies said in a joint statement this week.
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