Energy Storage

Shell says its REFHYNE hydrogen electrolyser project, based on proton exchange membrane (PEM) technology, will be supported by the European Commission’s new hydrogen strategy. The policy sets out pathways how clean hydrogen can help the EU reach is 2050 net-zero emissions target.

Europe’s largest power producer E.ON and the German steelmaker thyssenkrupp have teamed up to produce hydrogen by linking large-scale electrolysis units, built by the latter, with E.ON’s virtual power plants (VPPs). That way, industrial hydrogen can help integrate green energy into the grid.

Siemens has partnered with the Norwegian startup EnergyNest to jointly offer modularized energy systems to industrial customers. A heat battery, developed by EnergyNest, can be charged with waste heat from thermal power stations or renewable energy for use as backup power.

On-site power provider Cummins has entered a joint venture with the German startup NPROXX, focussed on hydrogen storage tanks and transportation. The JV is aimed at deepening Cummins’ capabilities in fuel cell and hydrogen production technologies.

Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions (EES) has started to relocate its hydrogen production site from Yokohama to Kawasaki city in order to increase capacity and output. At the new facility, due completed in autumn 2020, Toshiba will produce fuel cell stacks based on its H2One energy supply system and its H2Rex hydrogen fuel cell.

Highview Power has received £10 million from the British government to build a 50 MW liquid air, or cryogenic energy storage with 250 MWh minimum output in Greater Manchester. The CRYOBattery project is implemented together with Carlton Power, backed by £35 million from Sumitomo Heavy Industries.

Austrom is developping a utility-scale green hydrogen project near the Port of Gladstone in Queensland, Australia. Named ‘Pacific Solar Hydrogen,’ it includes a 3.6 Gigawatt solar PV park and large battery storage to power the huge electrolyser that may turn Queensland into a hydrogen exporter.

The world’s largest green hydrogen plant is being developed by SGH2 Energy in Lancaster, a city situated some 70 miles north of Los Angeles. Scheduled to start operations in 2021, the facility will transform plastic waste into hydrogen for use as a fuel for transport and power generation.

Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK could soon largely depend on variable renewable energy (VRE), as an additional 169 GW of wind and 172 GW of solar power is planned to be grid-connected by 2040. Purpose-built flexibility assets, like gas generators and energy storage, are indispensible for this transition.

Large U.S. technology companies like Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft are investing  in powering data centres with renewable energy. Bloomberg New Energy Finance data shows a record take-up of 13.6 gigawatts (GW) capacity, contracted by U.S. companies under either corporate Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) or green tariffs.

Demand response specialist Flexitricity has signed a deal with Gresham House Energy Storage Fund to optimise revenue for the 50-MW/75-MWh Thurcroft energy storage in South Yorkshire. National Grid called the project a milestone towards reaching the UK’s net-zero 2050 emission target.

U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has instated Order 841, removing market barriers for energy storage to allow it compete on an equal footing with fossil fuel generators. Analysts say the order could push up storage deployment to 50 GW as capital costs fall up to 15% per year.

Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the state’s major investor-owned utilities, has been awarded contracts for 770 MW battery energy storage capacity. The seven new units will help mitigate intermittency issues when 3 GW of ageing gas peaking plants are due to retire before year-end.

Falling technology costs for battery storage systems, down half over the last two years, have made batteries the cheapest new-build technology for peaking purposes in gas-importing regions, like China or Japan. Pairing renewables with battery storage is cost competitive with open-cycle gas peaking units, Bloomberg New Energy Finance finds.

The Finish manufacturer Wärtsilä will supply a 2 MW / 5.4 MWh energy storage system to Alectra Energy Solution for installation at the Georgian College in Ontario, Canada. The unit, due operational this autumn, will lower the college’s energy costs by reducing peakload power consumption.

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News in Brief

CCUS market to reach nearly $3bn in 2025

Oct 25 – The global carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) market will grow from $1.30 billion in 2020 to $1.46 billion in 2021, according to ResearchAndMarket estimates. The rebound comes as companies return to normal operations and sales, after a pandemic-related slowdown. Analysts expect the market will keep growing at a rate of nearly 20% annually to reach $2.97 billion by 2025.

SDG&E accelerates drive towards Net Zero by 2045

Oct 20 – San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) has set a new sustainability strategy, outlining new and accelerated goals to help meet its pledge to reach net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2045. SDG&E it now seeks to operate a 100% zero emissions vehicle fleet by 2035 – five years earlier than planned.

B&W develops biomass-to-hydrogen plant in Australia

Oct 19 – B&W's Renewable segment and Port Anthony Renewables Ltd have started to develop a biomass-to-hydrogen energy project in Victoria, Australia, based on B&W’s BrightLoop technology. When completed, the plant is expected to be part of the largest green hydrogen hub in south-eastern Australia.

LNG prices rise faster than oil

Oct 18 – Liquefied natural gas and pipeline supplies have experienced an even sharper increase in prices in 2021 than oil, driven by a combination of circumstances that included a strong recovery in demand in North Asia, southeast Asia and Europe, unseasonal weather and planned and unplanned capacity outages.

Wärtsilä shaft gensets to power two LNG carriers

Oct 14 – The Finish technology group Wärtsilä has been awarded a contract to supply four shaft generators to provide electricity take-off from the main engines of two LNG carriers. The ships are being built at the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in Korea on behalf of the Capital Gas Ship Management of Greece.

VoltH2 gets green light for large hydrogen plant

Oct 13 – Vision Hydrogen Corp has announced that its affiliate VoltHe has received building and environmental permits to realise its first large-scale hydrogen plant at the Dutch North Sea Port of Vlissingen. The 5 MW hydrogen plant is located near existing high voltage power and gas infrastructure as well as large wind power assets. Once operational, it will produce around 3,500 tons of green hydrogen per year and will be scalable to 100 MW or 14,000 tons.

Tesla overtakes German e-cars

Oct 12 – Sales of Tesla in Germany has overtaken that of leading German carmakers. In September, more electric Tesla Model 3s were registered in the country than leading domestic models, such as the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class combined.

EnerMech spends £500k on crane training tech

Oct 11 – EnerMech has invested £500,000 in new crane simulator training systems at its Luanda (Angola), Doha (Qatar) and Great Yarmouth (UK) facilities. The British company recently formed a joint venture with 3t Energy Group to bring the KraneSIM-6000 equipment to both Qatar and Angola and offer in-country training across client organisations globally.  

Germany finances green hydrogen projects abroad

Oct 8 – The German government has agreed to support green hydrogen projects in other countries with up to €350 million by 2024, the economy ministry said when publishing a directive with relevant guidelines. Moreover, financial support is given to projects that produce and process green hydrogen for storage, transport and use in countries outside the EU through investment grants worth up to €15 million each.

UK e-car sales surge 186%

Oct 6 – Sales electric cars in the UK have surged 186% to a total of 108,000 in 2020 during the pandemic, up from just 38,000 in the previous year. Latest statistics show there were nearly 300,000 pure-electric cars on UK roads at the end of August 2021, and more than 600,000 plug-in models if including plug-in hybrids (PHEVs).

FogHorn deploys AI software at Chugoku Electric Power in Japan

Oct 4 – FogHorn, developer of Edge AI software, has deployed its Internet of Things (IoT) software at the Chugoku Electric Power hydroelectric power plant. The AI solutions will make the power gen process more efficient and enhances workplace safety. Chugoku Electric Power employs nearly 9,200 workers across 114 power units in the western part of Honshū, the largest island of Japan.

Rolls-Royce supplies MTU engines for ferry propulsion

Oct 1 – Rolls-Royce's new MT engines, automation system, and MTU Go! tool for remote service have future-proofed the high-speed catamaran Avemar Dos, run by the Spanish operator Balearia. Four MTU 20V1163 M84 units replaced the previous 1163 units, taking the vessel to a "new level of ecological soundness," the manufacturer says.

GES appoints former Puma Energy Chairman as NED

Sept 30 – Global Energy Storage (GES) has appointed the former Puma Energy Chairman, Graham Sharp, as an NED. Graham will support GES on its ‘new energies’ strategy for the energy transition, focusing on hydrogen fuels and hydrogen carriers space.

Aggreko reaches 2 GW of live power gen capacity

Sept 29 – Aggreko has today announced it has reached 2GW of live global gas power capacity and growth in flare gas to power and stranded gas projects. This new record follows a milestone of exceeding 1GW of delivered flare gas power projects in 2020.

Wärtislä renews O&M agreement with Lafarge Africa

Sept 28 – The Finish technology group Wärtsilä has renewed a long-term Operation & Maintenance (O&M) agreement with Lafarge Africa, a large producer of building materials in Nigeria. The agreement covers the 100 MW Lafarge Ewekoro power plant, which provides a dedicated supply of electricity to the company’s concrete and cement manufacturing processes.

Rolls-Royce supplies MTU engines to Sanlorenzo

Sept 27 – Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems will become one of the leading engine suppliers for Sanlorenzo, delivering MTU 10V, 12V and 16V 2000 yacht engines with a compact IMO 3 solution. A framework contract from 2022 through 2024 has been signed at the Monaco Yacht Show.

Shell exits Permian Basin

Sept 24 – Royal Dutch Shell has sold all its upstream interested in US Permian Basin to ConocoPhillips for $9.5 billion in cash. Shell’s assets in the Permian include around 225,000 net acres with a current production of around 175,000 barrels per day equivalent.

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