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A Spanish consortium has started ordering tests to produce renewable hydrogen in Mallorca, while another consortium led by Portuguese energy giants EPD and Galp is preparing to develop 100 MW of green hydrogen production in Sines, Portugal. Lightsource bp and Dourogás have also agreed to create a joint venture to invest in solar and green hydrogen infrastructure in Portugal.

Power to Green Hydrogen Mallorca, a company run by renewable energy developer Acciona Energía and gas TSO Enagás, in partnership with Mexican building materials company CEMEX and Spanish public body IDAE, has started commissioning tests to produce renewable hydrogen at its facilities in Mallorca. “From this moment the test of the start-up procedure begins. The electrolyser that divides water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen atoms is powered by renewable energy supplied by two photovoltaic power plants, one located in the municipality of Lloseta (8.5 MW) and the other in Petra (5.85 MW), ”Acciona Energía wrote on Thursday, adding that the plant will start producing green hydrogen on an industrial scale in early 2022. It is expected to produce at least 300 tonnes of renewable hydrogen per year , part of which will be distributed through Spain’s first hydrogen pipeline.

A consortium of 13 companies led by Portuguese energy giants EPD and Galp was selected by the European Commission under the Green Deal to develop 100 MW of green hydrogen production in Sines, Portugal. The consortium will benefit from a grant of 30 million euros. The construction of the hydrogen project will take place in the area of ​​the Sines coal-fired power plant. It is expected to start in 2023 while operation is expected to begin in 2025. “The 100 MW electrolyser will consist of innovative, scalable and fast-cycle 8 MW modules to overcome bottlenecks such as efficiency, size, lifespan and flexibility, ”one of the companies in the consortium wrote on Tuesday. The consortium is made up of EDP, Galp, ENGIE, Bondalti, Martifer, Vestas Wind Systems, McPhy and Efacec, as well as academic and research partners ISQ, INESC-TEC, DLR and CEA.

UK-based Lightsource bp and Portuguese gas company Dourogás have agreed to create a joint venture to invest in solar and hydrogen infrastructure in Portugal. The partnership aims to explore the potential of eight green hydrogen sites. “Up to 200 MWp of solar projects developed by Lightsource bp will power 130 MW electrolysers, developed by Dourogás, which will convert water into green hydrogen and oxygen. The green hydrogen will be injected directly into the country’s gas network. Additional clean energy could be drawn from the grid to optimize the use of electrolysers, “Lightsource bp wrote on Thursday, adding that Monforte, the first project with Dourogás, will receive a 5 million euro grant from the Portugal fund. 2020 from the EU. Lightsource bp already has a solar pipeline in Portugal of around 1.5 GW. It is also part of hydrogen consortia in Australia and the United Kingdom. BP owns a 50% stake in Lightsource bp.

US heavy equipment company Cummins and Beijing-based oil and gas company Sinopec announced the formation of Cummins Enze, a 50/50 joint venture designed to accelerate the accessibility and availability of green hydrogen. “Cummins Enze, located in Foshan, Guangdong Province, China, will initially invest $ 47 million (RMB 300 million – € 41.5 million) to locate a plant to manufacture proton exchange membrane electrolysers (PEM). The plant will initially have a manufacturing capacity of 500 megawatts of electrolyzers per year upon completion in 2023, which will be gradually increased over the next five years to reach one gigawatt of manufacturing capacity per year; Cummins wrote on Tuesday. Sinopec currently accounts for 14% of China’s hydrogen production. It has more than 30,000 service stations in the country. Cummins wrote that it has deployed more than 2,000 fuel cells and 600 electrolyzers worldwide.

Russian gas producer Novatek and German energy company Uniper signed a Term Sheet on the long-term supply of up to 1.2 million tonnes of low-carbon ammonia per year to the German market. “The price of the product will be indexed to relevant European and world references,” Novatek wrote on Wednesday, adding that “low carbon ammonia” will be produced as part of the Obskiy GCC (Gas Chemical Complex) project, which should include carbon capture and storage. (CCS). The ammonia would then be exported to the Wilhelmshaven terminal. “We are now in the pre-FEED stage for a low carbon ammonia and hydrogen plant with CCS facilities, and the signing of term sheets for long term supply demonstrates growing product demand.” low carbon, which is an essential precursor for the final Investment Decision on this project. The plant will be located next to our LNG cluster in Yamal ”, said Leonid Mikhelson, President of Novatek.

German conglomerate Siemens completed a feasibility study for Productora H2 Bolivia’s Pasha K’anchay green ammonia export project. “The study analyzed up to 420 MW of electrolysis capacity and found that the green ammonia produced by the project can economically deliver green ammonia to global markets,” startup H2 Bolivia wrote Thursday, based in Santa Cruz. The project is located in the Oruro-Bolivia region. The plant is expected to include a solar farm, electrolysers and ammonia production.

Ark Energy Corporation, a unit of Korea Zinc based in Australia, announced the acquisition of a 100% stake in local wind and solar energy developer Epuron Holdings. “We will leverage our parent company’s strong balance sheet to extend Epuron’s existing business model and capitalize on the group’s internal demand from the production of green non-ferrous metals, and our own demand for green hydrogen production. , to accelerate the construction of Epuron’s development portfolio, ”said Yun B. Choi, chairman of Ark Energy and vice chairman of Korea Zinc on Thursday. The investment will allow Ark to access 4.2 GW of early stage projects and an additional 4.8 GW investigative pipeline. In November, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced that it had conditionally approved $ 3.02 million (€ 1.93 million) in funding to Ark Energy H2 Pty to support the deployment of ” a 1 MW electrolyser with storage and refueling infrastructure to supply five new 140-ton devices. classified fuel cell electric trucks. Korea Zinc aims to become the most competitive green hydrogen producer in the world.

Aurizon, Australia’s largest rail freight operator and Anglo American mining company agreed to work together on a feasibility study to assess the introduction of hydrogen trains for bulk cargo. If the feasibility study is successful, the agreement between the two companies could be extended to the development of a prototype hydrogen locomotive for the transport of heavy goods vehicles. “The feasibility study will focus on the potential deployment of Anglo American hydrogen technology on the Aurizon Moura rail corridor that operates between Anglo American’s Dawson metallurgical coal mine and the Port of Gladstone, and the Mount Isa Rail Corridor which operates between the Northwest Mining Province to Townsville Port, via Aurizon’s Stuart Terminal, ”Aurizon wrote early last week.

Woodside Energy in Australia, Keppel Data Centers Holding of Singapore, City Energy, the Singapore gas company, Osaka Gas Singapore and City-OG Gas Energy Services signed a memorandum of understanding to study the feasibility of a long-term stable supply chain of sustainable liquid hydrogen (LH2) from Western Australia to Singapore and potentially Japan. The study is expected to continue until mid-2022. “H2Perth is ideally located in Western Australia for shipping to Singapore and Japan and the project site is close to existing gas, power, water and port infrastructure, as well as a workforce. qualified local residential work. Commented Woodside CEO Meg O’Neill.

South Korea launched a one-year hydrogen truck pilot program in coordination with research institutes (Korea Research Institute for Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Korea Institute of Technology, AURI) and other experts. The initiative is part of the ‘Carbon Neutral Land Transport Roadmap’, which is expected to be revised every five years to reflect performance in policy implementation, market conditions and technological advancements. The government wants 500,000 electric and hydrogen vehicles for commercial use (buses, taxis, trucks) by 2030, and new hydrogen trains.

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