Hydrogen fuel cell technology is making in-roads at the Friedrichshafen plant of Rolls-Royce's Power Systems where a 250 kW demonstrator is being set up for testing. At the PowerLab, four low-temperature polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells are ready, containerised with separate compartments for fuel cells and batteries.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has decided to absorb the business of Mitsubishi Power effective October 1, 2021. Some aspects of the integration are already underway, as the Japanese manufacturer strives to promote the use of carbon-free fuels like hydrogen and ammonia at various demonstration plants around the world.
Energias de Portugal (EDP) is preparing to install a Power-to-Hydrogen system at its Ribatejo combined-cycle gas power plant (3 x 392 MW), situated some 30 kilometers northeast of Lisbon. The three units, powered by Siemens V94.3A gas turbines in single shaft configuration, have a combined capacity of 1.176 MW. Trial runs are due to start in March 2023.
The Port of Rotterdam plans to take a financial investment decision on its H-Vision project this year, with a view to producing hydrogen from natural gas and refinery fuels gas by the end of 2026. Such fossil fuel-based, “blue” hydrogen projects, however, do not enjoy the same support as “green” hydrogen projects, based on renewables.
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.
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.