US electric car maker Tesla has said it was “irritated” by administrative delays to its new Gigafactory and urged the German government to speed up the permitting process. Construction of Tesla’s new factory is advancing in Grünheide near Berlin, though the project has not received final approval.
Washington State’s largest utility, Puget Sound Energy (PSE), has signed a joint development agreement with Mitsubishi Power Americas to implement large-scale hydrogen generation and hydrogen-fired turbines, renewables and battery energy storage into PSE’s service territory. The aim is for PSE to become a “Beyond Net Zero Carbon” energy company by 2045.
US natural gas producers have asked McDermott to carry out a study into how to best expand current liquid hydrogen storage capacity limits. CB&I, part of McDermott, specialises in cryogenic storage and is currently building the world's largest liquid hydrogen sphere for NASA.
US engine maker Cummins and PLUS, developer of self-driving vehicles, are working on a driver-in, supervised truck, powered by compressed gas engines. The engines will be provided by Cummins and have been certified to near-zero emissions. Deployment is due in 2022.
MAN Energy Solutions, together with China National Heavy Machinery Corp (CHMC), has build and commissioned a 200 MW power plant near the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. It consists of eleven MAN 18V51/60DF engines and is now being operated by Electricité du Cambodge.
General Electric has completed works at four LM6000 aeroderivative gas turbines at Songas’ Ubungo power plant in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. The plant had been on outage during servicing and routine parts replacement, but now continues to deliver up to 150 MW of electricity to the grid.
Finland’s transmission system operator Fingrid has contracted Siemens Energy to deploy ten bays of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6)-free gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) at a substation near Helsinki. The novel system will replace the potent greenhouse gas SF6 with „clean air”, a mixture of nitrogen and oxygen. Commissioning is scheduled for summer 2022.
California-based Bloom Energy, together with its Korean partner SK Engineering & Construction, has deployed 100 kilowatts of solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC) powered solely by hydrogen for a pilot plant in the city of Ulsan. Bloom entered the hydrogen market in July 2020, which includes a 1 MW hydrogen-fuelled Energy Server with SK E&C due operational in 2022.
The amount of debt and equity issued by US exploration and production (E&P) companies has surged to $4.4 billion in March 2021, the highest level since last August. Analysts say upstream players want to cash in on higher oil prices which bounced back from less than $40/bbl in spring 2020 to currently over $65/bbl.
Delek Drilling, owned by the Israeli billionaire Yitzhak Tshuva, has announced plans to divest a large share of its Tamar offshore gas field to an UAE-based company for an estimated $1.1 billion. Delek confirmed a memorandum was signed with Mubadala Petroleum, and the Israeli government has been notified about the proposed sale.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Shell, Vattenfall and Wärme Hamburg – the founding four of Hamburg’s Green Hydrogen Hub – have teamed up with Airbus and ArcelorMittal and another six firms to form the ‘Hamburg Hydrogen Network’. As of 2026, the partners aim to curb CO2 emissions in Hamburg by 170,000 tons each year.
Christian Bruch, Siemens Energy CEO has underlined the role of hydrogen in decarbonising industry and vowed the company will scale up its proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser to 1 GW by 2030. Together with Air Liquide, Siemens is developing an industrial-scale electrolyser that will be piloted at the 200 MW green hydrogen project, H2V Normandy.