Germany’s new chancellor Olaf Scholz has spoken out against linking the operational permit for the Russian-German gas interconnector Nord Stream 2 to efforts to de-escalate the Ukraine crisis. “Nord Stream 2 is a private sector project,” he said, stressing it is up to regulators to decide how far Nord Stream 2 must meet EU unbundling criteria.
Conrad Energy and Teledata have agreed to install 1.2 MW of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) from Bloom Energy at Teledata’s 1,500 squaremetre data centre in Manchester. Conrad will fully fund the installation of Bloom’s hydrogen-ready energy servers that help Teledata increase the operational resilience of its data centres.
Rolls-Royce will ensure a climate-neutral energy supply at the container terminal currently under construction at the port of Duisburg, Germany. The company’s power system unit MTU will supply fuel cells to cover peakload demand and a hydrogen-based combined heat and power (CHP) station.
Large e-cars are often cheaper than combustion engine vehicles – both in terms of purchase price and total cost – even without subsidies, the think tank Agora Verkehrswende finds. E-car subsidies in Germany can reach up to €9,000 but analysts say total costs need to be more transparent and the purchase of smaller e-vehicles also needs to be subisidised if the government wants to reach its target of having 15 million electric cars on the road by 2030.
BASF New Business and Boston-based Advent Technologies have teamed up to boost the manufacturing scale of fuel cell membranes, used to separate hydrogen from gas mixtures. The German chemical giant aims to improve the stability of its Celtec membrane and push up the production capacity with the help of Advent’s fuel cell systems and membrane electrode assembly.
Ohio-based Magellan Scientific has struck a US$12 million deal with Anax Power to generate zero-emission electricity from natural gas flows for Magellan’s data centres, using 500 kW Anax turboexpanders. The green power will lower the carbon-intensity of bitcoin mining.
Sembcorp Energy UK plans to build Europe’s largest battery – a 360 MW energy storage system – at Wilton International on Teesside. The project will help the UK reach its Net Zero emission targets while increasing the resilience and response rate of the electricity network in the face of a growing renewables build-out.
MAN Energy Solutions works to upgrade its four-stroke engines to run on power-to-X fuels such as synthetic natural gas (SNG) and hydrogen. The Augsburg-based company will offer hydrogen-fired engines to power stations from 2025, which will also run on ammonia and methanol in late 2022.
Seoul-based LG Energy Solution (LGES) and Siemens have agreed to work together to digitalise the battery production process. CO2-neutral mobility hinges on high-end batteries, and LGES has won a contract to produce such batteries for the US carmaker General Motors (GM) in Tennessee from 2023.
Fossil gas can only be a bridge to a decarbonised electricity supply in Germany, RWE CEO Markus Krebber said, calling on policy-makers to clarify the transition to green hydrogen. “As an energy supplier, we have no desire to have the discussion we are having about coal today about gas again in ten years' time,” he underlined.
The green hydrogen market is seen surge at a rate of 33.8%, expanding from $0.58 billion in 2020 to reach $0.78 billion by the end of this year and over $2.94 billion in 2025, according to ResearchandMarkets. Competing technologies are alkaline vs. proton exchange membrane vs. solid oxide electrolysers.
Sunrise Power and Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group (XCMG) will build a new clean energy commercial vehicle factory in Ordos City, China. The partners agreed to spend 2.3 billion Remimbi (US$360m) on the new plant, intended to produce H2-based power systems and vehicles. The first 200 H2-fuelled cars are due to roll off the production line in spring 2022.
Growth rates of 5.9% through 2030 could help push the global market for lithium-ion phosphate batteries beyond US$9.9 billion by 2030, up from US$5.6 billion in 2020. Tesla’s Models 3 and Y, for instance, use such batteries but the high cost of lithium-iron phosphate remains “a restraining factor,” – as is the “high presence of alternatives [technologies]," ResearchandMarkets cautioned.
Lithium-ion based batteries are still dominating the stationary energy storage sector but a rising number of companies try to develop different technology types. Among the Li-ion batteries competitors, the Redox Flow Battery (RFB) system – based on flowing two liquids as electrolytes across the electrode – is seen as an attractive approach.