Though oil demand is projected to peak as soon as 2025, natural gas will play a pivotal role throughout the energy transition with demand set grow by 10% in the next decade before peaking by 2035, McKinsey forecasts. Investment in sustainable fuels – particularly hydrogen – is anticipated to reach up to $50 billion over the next three years.
Belgian start-up Tree Energy Solutions (TES), co-developer of the German North Sea LNG import project at Wilhelmshaven together with E.ON, has launched an open season to gauge interest. The regas terminal will initially import LNG to wean off Germany’s dependence on Russian pipeline gas before switching to green hydrogen imports from 2030.
Long Ridge Energy Terminal in Ohio, home to a 485 MW combined-cycle power plant, is where a GE HA-class gas turbine has for the first time been co-fired with hydrogen in a commercially operating generator. Following the completion of blending tests, the CCGT is now partially running on hydrogen produced as a by-product at a nearby industry.
Three Japanese energy majors – ENEOS, JERA and JFE – strive to set up a hydrogen and ammonia receiving and supply base at Keihin waterfront in Kanagawa Prefecture in the greater Tokyo area. Hydrogen and ammonia emit no CO2 during combustion so both fuels will be used at scale to clean up power generation and petrochemical processes.
The British government wants to reduce the country’s reliance on fossil fuels by building eight new nuclear power stations, plus two additional units at Sizewell. Up to 24 GW will come from nuclear power, while approvals for offshore wind farms and hydrogen plants will be accelerated and a new licensing round for North Sea upstream projects launched this summer.
Plug Power has awarded an order to Atlas Copco to provide compressors and expanders for two 15 tons per day (tpd) green hydrogen liquefaction plants to be built in Texas, US. The new plants will make use of the cryogenic process technology, developed by Joule, to reduce the cost of liquified hydrogen by 25%.
April 6 – Burckhard Compression has broken ground on a hydrogen test facility, due operational in early 2023. The Swiss company was selected by Shell New Energies to help develop hydrogen compressors that are oil-free and can compress H2 up to 900 bar (as a booster) using non-lubricated compressors.
INNIO’s Jenbacher J420 gas engine has performed well in operation since 2019 when technology improvements helped increase its power output by 60 kW and efficiency by up to 1%. Since then, 16 engines were installed which accumulated 120,000 operating hours and the fuel flexible J420 D/E types can be converted to run fully on hydrogen.