Germany wants to spend over €200 billion on clean energy sources by 2026 to reduce its dependence on imported fossil fuels, especially those from Russia. Finance minister Christian Lindner announced the funds will be used to increase hydrogen production, e-car charging infrastructure and accelerate the build out of renewables which he called “freedom energies.”

MAN Energy Solutions has decided to spend up to €500 million to transform its subsidiary H-TEC SYSTEMS to into a mass-producer of PEM electrolysers. The technically proven PEM electrolyser can make hydrogen at industrial scale from renewables – the next step is to scale it up for mass production as the trend goes towards multi-Gigawatt projects.

An electrolyser in the 50 MW range is being deployed by Siemens Energy to the Danish town of Kassø, where it will be powered by a nearby 300 MW solar park. The green hydrogen plant will produce cost effective e-Methanol for sale to the shipping line Maersk and fuel retailer Circle K. Start of commercial production is slated for autumn 2023.

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Finish hydrogen for Europe

Feb 24 – The city of Raahe, on the coast of northern Finland, has identified three suitable locations to produce hydrogen on an industrial scale for exports to Sweden, Germany and beyond through the planned Baltic Sea hydrogen pipeline. Initially, most hydrogen will be produced from OX2’s planned offshore wind park consisting of up to 160 wind turbines with an estimated output of 12 Terawatt-hours (TWh). Production is expected will start in 2030 at the earliest. Though most green hydrogen will be exported, some will be used to transform the SSAB steel plant into a fossil-free site.

Feb 23 – Israel-based GenCell has completed a lab test of its hydrogen-based backup power solution with Deutsche Telekom. Lab tests, carried out in Tel Aviv, validate GenCellBOX as a zero-emissions source of electricity. The two partners will now integrate GenCell units into a mobile telecommunication site for testing under live conditions. Deutsche Telekom has some 242 million mobile customers, hence ensuring reliable power is vital for the company’s network of mobile sites.

Korean Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) is getting close to commercializing carbon-free power generation technology based on hydrogen (H2) and ammonia (NH3) fuel blends. It took the Korean utility 36 months to evaluate the limits of a gas turbine fired by hydrogen blends, and just 30 months to develop an ammonia-based generation technology.

Germany’s biggest power generator RWE and independent petroleum producer Neptune Energy have agreed to develop H2opZee – a green hydrogen plant in the Dutch North Sea. The project will combine 300 to 500 MW electrolyser capacity, using offshore wind, with the hydrogen to be transported to land through an existing pipeline with up to 12 GW capacity.

Tokyo Gas has decided to issue a corporate bond in March to finance low-carbon initiatives. The bond will be issued in two tranches of 7-year and 10-year terms, with a combined value of 20 billion yen ($173 million). Proceeds will be used for the Niihama LNG import project, smart energy networks as well as for the Harumi hydrogen venture.

Feb 11 – A Spanish consortium comprising Reganosa and Naturgy is developing a digital tool to support the manufacture of H2 through the recovery of waste from refineries, water treatment plants as well as the agri-food and textile industry. With a budget of €7.89 million, the consortium will look to produce syngas with hydrogen separation as well as obtaining new porous polymeric materials for H2 storage.

WEC Energy Group is preparing to demonstrate up to 25% blending of hydrogen with natural gas to fuel one of its power plants in the US state of Michigan. The pilot project will be carried out either at the 128 MW F.D. Kuester plant or the 54.9 MW  A.J. Mihm plant, both running on reciprocating internal combustion engines.

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News in Brief

Rolls-Royce conducts laser field tests in the US

May 18 – Rolls-Royce has successfully conducted laser field tests to demonstrate ‘deep magazine’ power capability for directed applications in connection with Lockheed Martin’s layered laser defense project. Deep magazine power can be provided by a battery-only system, but the Rolls-Royce ColdFire system includes both battery-powered and near-continuous firing modes provided by M250 gas turbine engines.

Gas vs oil ratio increases in the Bakken

May 17 – The ratio of natural gas to crude oil production has risen in North Dakota’s Bakken region since 2008, and continues to accelerate. According to the US Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Drilling Productivity Report, annual gas gross withdrawals in the Bakken increased by 9% to an annual high of 2.97 Bcf/d in 2021, even though the region’s crude oil production fell by 6%.

Middle East shifts to gas power

May 16 – The Middle East, a region vulnerable to climate change, is undergoing a major shift from petroleum-based power plants towards gas-fired generation and renewable power sources. Capacity additions of over 185.46 GW are the pipeline, according to ResearchandMarkets, as the regions electricity demand for industry and residential cooling is set to grow. In fact, cooling already accounts for 70% of residential power demand.

Carbon utilisation in strong demand

May 13 – The market for carbon utilisation is forecast to grow rapidly from the 2030s onwards to surpass $285 billion by 2042, driven by rising climate commitments and a favourable regulatory framework. In its latest report IDTechEx also highlights the role of technology advances such as thermodynamics which help sequester CO2 permanently.

MTU gensets approved for biofuels

May 12 – Rolls-Royce has gained approval to use synthetic fuels in its MTU Series 4000 and Series 1600 diesel engines for power generation application. Field testing confirmed both engines can use a range of sustainable fuels including biomass-to-liquid, hydrotreated vegetable oil and power-to-liquid fuels such as e-diesel.

E.ON tells Germans how to save gas

May 11 – A large-scale switch to heat pumps, solar power and better demand-side management could help save Germany nearly 100 TWh of natural gas per year, E.ON has said, calling on households to contribute to Europe’s efforts to reduce reliance on Russian gas imports. “If 10% of the homes in Germany are equipped with solar PV installations, 20% of gas boilers are replaced by heat pumps, and the average temperature in all households is reduced by one degree Celsius on average, this would lead to natural gas savings of 103 TWh per year," E.ON Energy CEO Filip Thon said, noting this volume would equate to about 30% of Germany’s current gas imports from Russia.

Exelon Q1 earnings lower following Constellation cave-out

May 10 – Exelon has reported lower first quarter earnings and a higher operating revenue, having completed the separation of Constellation Energy – Excelon’s former power gen business. Focussing now solely on transmission and distribution, Exelon’s net income from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2022 decreased to $0.49 per share from $0.53 a share in pre-year period. In contrast, adjusted operating earnings notched up to $0.64 per share, primarily due to due to higher electric distribution earnings at ComEd from higher rate base and higher allowed electric distribution. Rate increases at Excelon’s group companies PECO, BGE, and PHI were partially offset by higher depreciation expenses at BGE and PHI.

South Africa to add 2.6 GW of new capacity

May 9 – South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, has just announced the REIPPPP BW6 Request for Proposals (RFP).  The bid round will add 2,600 MWs of new capacity to the energy mix. The ministry seeks to procure 11,813 MW of electricity from various power sources including renewable energy, storage, gas and coal.

GE Gas Power authorized as CVE Numbering Authority

May 6 – GE Gas Power’s increased focus on cybersecurity has been recognized by the Common Vulnerability and Exposures Programm as a ‘CVE Numbering Authority (CNA).  As such, GE Gas Power can now assign CVE identification numbers to newly discovered vulnerabilities potentially related to its products and allow GE Gas Power to directly publish new CVE Records and streamline the reporting process.

Heliogen gets nearly $90m in funding

May 5 – Heliogen has moved from design into testing and implementation of its supercritical CO2 power gen system that will be deployed for Woodside in California. The system consists of a 5 MWe sCO2 power block integrated with high temperature solid media thermal energy storage. The demonstration project is being funded with up to $50 million from Woodside, along with $39 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE).

Capstone to install microturbine in the Caribbean

May 4 – E-Finity Distributed Generation, Capstone's distributor for the Mid-Atlantic, Southeastern United States and the Caribbean, has secured an order for two C1000S microturbines for a government water authority in the Caribbean. The 2 MW system will provide emergency standby power to several pumping stations throughout the remote island community and is scheduled to be commissioned towards the end of 2022.

Forecasting solar and energy storage in CAISO

May 3 – Marubeni has chosen Veritone’s AI-based distributed energy resource management solution (iDERMS) to provide price, demand and generation forecasts at their pilot project in the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) SP-15 region. In addition to day-ahead and real-time generation figures, Veritone will also forecast production and demand for the overall CAISO region.

Forecasting solar and energy storage in CAISO

May 2 – Marubeni has chosen Veritone’s AI-based distributed energy resource management solution (iDERMS) to provide price, demand and generation forecasts at their pilot project in the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) SP-15 region. In addition to day-ahead and real-time generation figures, Veritone will also forecast production and demand for the overall CAISO region.

Steam turbines in high demand

April 29 – The market for steam turbines for power generation will grow around 6.5% through to 2027, driven by the build-out of combined-cycle gas power plants – notably in Asia and the United States, ResearchAndMarkets finds. Coal power projects in China, India and Bangladesh also require significant numbers of steam turbines. “Many of the countries in Asia-Pacific cannot provide 24-hour electricity to its citizens, and the cheapest way to achieve the objective is to build thermal [coal power] plants and use steam turbines,” analysts commented.

LNG-fuelled power for Antigua

April 28 – Antigua Power Company Limited (APCL) has contracted Wärtsilä to supply and install a 46 MW dual-fuel power plant on the Caribbean island. The plant will operate primarily on regasified LNG, imported through a small-scale import terminal developed by U.S.-based Eagle LNG in partnership with APCL.

ION launches risk analyser

April 27 – ION Commodities has built a cloud-based solution – FEA Analyzer – to help energy and commodity firms transition to new renewable energy markets while simultaneously optimizing trading strategies and supply chains. The tool combines pre-trade analytics with risk management and asset optimization, all powered by predictive analytics and stochastic models. 

Capstone to service 600kV microturbine

April 26 – Capstone has landed a rental contract for a 600 kilowatt (kW) microturbine-based system with one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America. Due for commissioning in mid-May 2022, the plant will supply power to remote mid-stream operations along the customer's gas pipeline in Colorado.