Denmark is planning a second gigawatt-scale green hydrogen plant at the North Sea port of Esbjerg, as the Nordic country advances plans to decarbonise its economy through the massive use of green hydrogen in hard-to-abate sectors such as road transport.
The municipality of Esbjerg has just sold an 11-hectare plot of land to Swiss renewables developer H2 Energy Europe for the construction of a 1GW electrolyser to produce green hydrogen. The volume slated to be produced will be enough to fuel 10,000 trucks on Danish roads for one year.
The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has identified a location to situate three brand-new Hydrogen Innovation and Technology Centres.
The new hydrogen centres will have a special focus on strengthening the competitiveness of start-ups, founders and small to medium-sized companies that will look to progress fuel cell and hydrogen technology in mobility applications.
The three new centres will be located in Chemnitz, Duisberg and Pfeffenhausen.
The local arm of the Portuguese group EDP will spend $7.9m installing 3MW of electrolyser capacity at the port of Pecém in the state of Ceará, taking power from Brazil’s huge installed base of wind and solar.
The pilot project will be linked to research into the green H2 production chain and business models, technological insights and investigation of potential partnerships with the local automotive sector and other industries.
China's Sinopec Corp plans to spend 30 billion yuan ($4.6 billion) on hydrogen energy by 2025.
The company plans to build 1,000 hydrogen injection sites with the total capacity to supply 200,000 t/yr of the product in the 2021-25 period. It has set a target for green hydrogen output capacity to exceed 1mn t/yr by 2025. Investments include a planned 10,000 t/yr green hydrogen project in Ordos, Inner Mongolia.
Sinopec said it will also diversify its renewable operations in the solar, wind power and biomass sectors.
Slovak TSO Eustream is preparing its network for the transport of blended hydrogen and low-carbon gases.
By the end of 2023 it hopes that it will be "technologically ready for blending up to 5% hydrogen into the transported natural gas,". Given the current volume of natural gas, that means more than 2bn m³/yr of hydrogen.
Eustream also plans to develop its own photovoltaic plant to produce green hydrogen to fuel its compressor stations . The first pilot project is planned for the Veľke Kapusany compressor station, with expected hydrogen production in 2023.