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Equinor awards Jacobs feasibility study for conversion of natural gas to hydrogen in power production
Equinor Energy AS awarded . . . a feasibility study contract to evaluate the possibilities for building a hydrogen production plant, including CO2 capture and export facilities, in Eemshaven, the Netherlands.
The hydrogen will be supplied as fuel to an existing natural gas-fired power plant that will be converted into a hydrogen-fueled power plant designed to lower the plant’s carbon emissions at a large scale.
The award of the feasibility study follows a Memorandum of Understanding . . . to evaluate the possibilities of converting Vattenfall’s gas power plant Magnum in Eemshaven into a hydrogen-powered plant.
Building on Jacobs’ expertise in hydrogen, reformer technology and CO2 capture, the study performed by Jacobs will focus on the objective of selecting the most effective reformer technology for hydrogen production together with a suitable CO2 capture technology. Jacobs will also deliver the conceptual design of the plant as a basis for economic evaluation and further project definition.
In order to avoid CO2 emissions from the hydrogen production process, up to three million tons per year of CO2 will be captured and then liquefied for ease of transportation to Norway, where it will be injected and stored in an off-shore reservoir. The first of three Magnum plant units should be converted to run on natural gas by early 2024.
Air Liquide and China startup STNE sign an agreement for the development of hydrogen mobility
. . . This agreement fits in with the Chinese government’s 13th five-year plan, which aims notably to support the development and sale of hydrogen-powered electric vehicles serving clean mobility.
Through this partnership, Air Liquide acquires a minority stake of around €10 million (US$12 million) in the Chinese startup STNE, a hydrogen logistics platform designed for urban deliveries of goods, which currently operates a hydrogen station in Shanghai and a fleet of 500 hydrogen-powered trucks.
As part of this agreement, Air Liquide will provide STNE with its expertise in the entire hydrogen supply chain, from production and storage to distribution, to accelerate the startup’s development. STNE aims to run a fleet of up to 7,500 trucks and to operate a network of around 25 hydrogen stations by 2020.
NZ government granting NZD 950K to support development of hydrogen fuel infrastructure
. . . Peters said a grant of NZD 950,000 (US$642,000) will be made to Hiringa Energy and its partners which is seeking to develop zero emission hydrogen transport fuel.
The funding will be used to scope the engineering and design of two hydrogen generation facilities, up to four mobile compressed hydrogen storage and distribution containers, and up to three hydrogen refueling stations.
Hiringa Energy is developing a network of hydrogen generation, distribution and refueling infrastructure for the commercial, industrial, public sector and retail customers in New Zealand.
KIT spin-off producing synthetic natural gas from green hydrogen and CO2 from sewage sludge
Chemical reactor company INERATEC, a spinoff of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), and the Spanish company GAS NATURAL FENOSA have built a plant in Spain that produces synthetic natural gas from CO2 and renewable hydrogen. The process is based on the production of hydrogen by electrolysis (renewable power-to-gas) and its reaction with CO2 from biogenic sources—e.g. sewage sludge.
At the sewage treatment plant of the city of Sabadell near Barcelona, large amounts of the basic materials required are available, INERATEC’s Managing Director Tim Böltken said. . . .
With a power-to-gas process, excessive or decentrally produced power from renewable sources, such as solar or wind power, is converted into methane. The renewable gas can be stored in the existing gas infrastructure and transported to areas all over Spain. Gas storage capacity in Spain amounts to about 30 terawatt hours, which means that the power produced by wind power plants there can be stored for half a year.
However, so far, such decentralized production has not been economically efficient, as the chemical process usually requires extremely expensive, large chemical facilities. The INERATEC founders succeeded in developing a compact modular facility, such that the capacity can be increased as required.
For the time being, the pilot plant at Sabadell is to produce 100 m3 gas per day. It is additionally equipped with a catalyst developed by the Catalonian Institute for Energy Research (IREC) for the conversion of CO2 from biogenic sources. . . .
Converting into CH4 and then using it in the existing NG storage and distribution network limits the new infrastructure required, although the extra transition must add an additional efficiency loss over and above those already required. But if you've got variable renewables in excess, might as well use it rather than lose it.