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January 21, 2020
A new public report produced by Element Energy summarises the key activities of the UK Energy Storage Lab project and the implications for the battery and energy storage sectors
Once EV batteries have fulfilled their life-span for automotive applications, they are usually recycled. However many automotive batteries have enough life left in them after the car is scrapped for ‘second-life’ uses. To do this, it is necessary to “grade” the used batteries – identifying whether they are suitable for use as spare parts or “second life”.
Car company Nissan were keen to explore ways to make a much faster grading process for their used Nissan LEAF’s batteries. Part-funded by BEIS (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) the ‘UK Energy Storage Laboratory’ project was launched, where 50 Nissan LEAF batteries were used to develop the existing grading process led by Nissan, WMG, AMETEK and Element Energy.
WMG developed a methodology for used automotive Lithium-ion batteries, at pack level. This methodology was successfully transferred to a pilot facility, where the target of 1MWh of packs graded for second-life energy storage applications was achieved.
In addition, WMG developed ways of grading modules – the sub-components of battery packs in as little as 3 minutes – a process which previously took over 3 hours. The algorithm was integrated into AMETEK’s machine with the aim to commercialise the prototype as a new product.
Second-life battery packs can provide reliable and convenient energy storage options for customers with solar panels and for customers in need of electricity on the move. Crucially, the packs can be used for storage of intermittent renewable energy.
Celine Cluzel, Director, Element Energy comments:
“Reconditioning car batteries has to become business as usual – it makes sense environmentally and commercially. This project has proven a scalable process to deploy reconditioning and represents a significant milestone in the UK pathway to net zero emissions.”
The full press release can be found on WMG’S Website.
For more information on this project, please see the UKESL Public Report here or contact Sarah Clements (email@example.com).
Posted in Transport
November 28, 2019
The 4 ‘Hy-Impact’ reports for Equinor outline the opportunity for hydrogen in the UK net-zero transition, including technical and economic perspectives.
The Hy-Impact series of studies explores the technical and economic impacts of deploying hydrogen and CCS technologies in the UK. Blue hydrogen is capable of decarbonising industry, heat, transport and power.
The studies assess aspects from job creation to emissions reduction, and hydrogen production to its end-use, including complementing renewables in the power sector. The studies were carried out for Equinor, a long-term energy investor in the UK in a broad range of areas and also the country’s largest supplier of natural gas.
The studies aimed to answer a number of remaining questions around hydrogen deployment in the UK and concluded that:
- Hydrogen and CCS deployment could enable over 200,000 jobs and could add £18 billion to the UK economy in 2050.
- There is sufficient bioenergy to enable large-scale net-negative hydrogen production in the UK, through blending of biomethane into the reformer feedstock.
- Hydrogen and CCS power technologies can cost-effectively replace planned nuclear and unabated gas power plants, while reducing electricity grid carbon intensity by 24%.
- The Yorkshire and Humber region could represent an opportunity for development of an early hydrogen economy.
Click on the covers below to read our full reports
Hydrogen for economic growth
Net-zero hydrogen production
Hydrogen for power
H2 in Yorkshire & Humber
Plans are already developing in the UK to deploy hydrogen and CCS at scale and realise the associated benefits. For example, Drax Group, Equinor and National Grid Ventures announced the Zero Carbon Humber partnership earlier this year, aiming to deliver the UK’s first zero carbon cluster in the Yorkshire and Humber region; this would help position the UK at the heart of the global energy revolution. The proposed hydrogen demonstrator and test facility could be constructed as early as 2026, with scale-up and supply to regional end-users to follow.
For further information on the Hy-Impact series, please contact Emrah Durusut Emrah.Durusut@element-energy.co.uk. Click here for further information on the Zero Carbon Humber initiative.
Posted in CCS, CCUS & Industrial Decarbonisation, Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, Power Generation
November 20, 2019
The Energywise project has recently been awarded the Energy Institute (EI) Award for Community Initiative of the Year (EIAwards 2019). Element Energy is one of the project partners on this important Ofgem funded Low Carbon Networks Fund project led by UK Power Networks. The project involved a number of energy efficiency and demand flexibility trials which investigated how households that may be struggling with their energy bills can access the benefits of energy efficiency and participate in a future smart flexible energy system.
Element Energy’s role in the project spanned the design of the first Critical Peak Rebate scheme trialled with pre-payment customers in the UK to a detailed analysis of the large smart meter and substation load monitoring datasets collected during the trials to determine the network impacts of energy efficiency savings and demand shifting from 550 households in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
Thank you to the team at UK Power Networks and the other project partners for the great collaboration on this project.
For more information about this project please contact Richard Deuchler (Richard.Deuchler@element-energy.co.uk)
Posted in Energy Networks, Smart Energy Systems
November 15, 2019
Thirteen vehicles, starting in five countries across Europe (Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Norway), travelled nearly 6,000km to demonstrate the advantages of hydrogen mobility and the expanding network of refuelling stations.
The conference was attended by ~150 delegates with presentations from the FCH JU, H2 Mobility Deutschland, Element Energy, Cenex, Toyota Motor Europe, Symbio, Daimler, Nel H2, Fraunhofer ISE, Hynamics, Air Liquide, New Energy Coalition, EIFER and Hydrogen Europe.
The road trip marks the efforts in part due to funded installations from the pan-European Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME). The project, coordinated by Element Energy and made possible by funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), assesses the technical and commercial readiness of vehicles, fuelling stations and hydrogen production techniques. To date, the €170 million demonstration project has funded the installation of 32 hydrogen refuelling stations (HRSs) across Europe, with a target of up to 49 by 2022.
The road trip utilised 15 HRSs, only a fraction of the 137 HRSs in Europe, which are now available to view on the recently launched European HRS Availability System. More findings from the H2ME project were shared at this year’s Conference. The Hydrogen for Clean Transport Conference, which showcases the advances made by hydrogen technology in the transport sector, brought together sector experts to share emerging conclusions from the H2ME FCH JU-funded projects. All presentations from the conference can be viewed here.
To find out more about the H2ME European Road Trip, watch the video here.
For more information about the conference, H2ME, and Element Energy’s work in hydrogen technology, contact Lisa Ruf (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Posted in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, Project Management
November 5, 2019
A new report providing the most detailed assessment yet of how the UK can develop the world’s first zero carbon industrial cluster has been published on the Zero Carbon Humber website.
The proposals published by the Zero Carbon Humber campaign, led by multinational energy firms Drax Group, Equinor and National Grid Ventures, could help protect 55,000 jobs and deliver the biggest contribution to the UK’s climate goals of any industrial region.
Capture for Growth: Creating the world’s first zero carbon economy sets out how the region could deliver the government’s world-leading ambition to establish the first ‘net zero’ carbon industrial cluster in the UK by 2040, helping the Humber to compete on the world stage by attracting new investment, industries and employment.
The proposals are supported by new analysis by Element Energy, which finds that if the world’s first net zero carbon industrial cluster is developed in the Humber region, 53 million tonnes of CO2 a year could be captured – that’s around 15% of the UK’s current annual CO2 emissions. They would also help save industrial businesses in the region carbon taxes of up to £27.5bn by 2040 helping to protect jobs and competitiveness.
An Executive Summary based on modelling work conducted by Element Energy for the Zero Carbon Humber Consortium has been published. The study assessed the Zero Carbon Humber Consortium’s investment plans in the Yorkshire and Humber region, as well as potential hydrogen and CCUS users, the likelihood of adoption, the potential roll-out schedule and a detailed economic impact assessment has been carried out.
For more information on Element Energy’s studies please contact Emrah Durusut (CCUS and Industrial Decarbonisation team lead).
Posted in Uncategorized
October 22, 2019
In an era when environmental issues are exponentially raising concern around the world and calling for sustainable solutions, the XPRESS project aims to facilitate the introduction of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in specific cities and municipalities within the UK, Italy, Norway, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Slovakia, Portugal and Belgium with the prospect of expanding RES solutions in other countries. These environmentally friendly services will be implemented through Green Public Procurement (GPP) in collaboration with SMEs. In order to achieve significant impact, the project is supported by the Horizon 2020 programme, the most considerable research and innovation initiative by the European Union.
XPRESS – Facilitating green public procurement in the energy sector, has a total budget of 3 Million Euros, with 16 partners. Element Energy will be playing a key role covering all of the project’s work packages, bringing expertise in renewable generation technologies and the barriers associated with their uptake, as well as the the whole-life costs and impacts of these technologies.
XPRESS focuses on GPP procedures to join forces with the public sector. The transition towards sustainable solutions assumes high risk innovations along with additional funds, unlikely to be raised by the private sector on its own. Banks and other financial entities tend to hesitate to supply funds for RES as the probability of survival of innovative SMEs is uncertain. The XPRESS project aims to help stimulate constructive dialogue between the public and private sectors, evaluating the impact of GPP and other strategies on the probability of SMEs to survive the so called “valley of death”. The final and most important goal is to raise the share of renewable energy solutions in final energy consumption.
To meet these challenges, XPRESS will create a web platform as a means to raise interaction between public procurers, innovative SMEs and end users of green innovations; map the cities and municipalities’ low carbon energy needs with RES technology developed by innovative SMEs; improve the application of GPP to innovative RES technologies; and lastly increase the awareness of innovative SMEs about RES technologies. By doing so, XPRESS will demonstrate the positive impact of innovative GPP on cities, municipalities and SMEs in terms of energy saving, energy efficiency and low carbon emissions.
Posted in Power Generation
October 2, 2019
IVECO, FPT Industrial and VDL ETS will develop fuel cell electric heavy-duty trucks for European markets.
Leading European heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers, fuel cell suppliers, and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure providers announce a collaboration to develop and test fleets of zero emission trucks and hydrogen refuelling stations.
Today a European consortium announced the launch of the H2Haul project in which major European manufacturers IVECO, FPT Industrial powertrain producer and VDL ETS will design, build, and test three new types of fuel cell electric heavy-duty trucks, including rigid and articulated vehicles up to 44 tonnes. Fuel cell systems for the vehicles will be produced in Europe by three different suppliers – ElringKlinger (DE), Hydrogenics (DE), and Powercell (SE) – and the project will make a significant contribution towards preparing the market for further deployment of the technology in the 2020s and contribute to the 2030 EU CO2 reduction target attainment.
A total of 16 vehicles will be tested in real-world operations at sites in Belgium, France, Germany, and Switzerland. The innovative hydrogen refuelling stations to be deployed will offer rapid, high capacity fuelling and thus support the demonstration of how fuel cell trucks can operate as direct replacements for diesel vehicles, with the equivalent driving range and load capacity, but with zero emissions.
The project, coordinated by Element Energy, has been made possible by a grant of €12 million from the European Commission via the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU). The project consortium also includes the following organisations: Air Liquide, Eoly, H2 Energy, Hydrogen Europe, IRU Projects, THINKSTEP, WaterstofNet.
Marco Liccardo, Head of Medium and Heavy Trucks Global Product Line, commented: “We are very proud of being part of the ambitious H2Haul project supported by the European Commission. It is a strategic initiative for IVECO, as sustainability has long been a core value that has driven our 360-degree approach to alternative fuels and powertrain solutions. This project will play a key role in our strategy to further extend and enhance our offer of zero- and ultra-low emission vehicles, offering our customers – and their customers – a choice of technologies for their green fleets.”
Pierpaolo Biffali, Product Engineering Vice President of FPT Industrial said: “For FPT Industrial, the H2Haul project is strategic to lead the European zero-emission truck sector by developing the fuel cell electric vehicle as a viable solution for long-haul logistics, with direct access to urban areas. Thus offering a key contribution to decarbonize the commercial transportation and to improve air quality of European cities, together with hydrogen production by using renewable energy.
Menno Kleingeld, Managing Director of VDL Enabling Transport Solutions (VDL ETS), said: “Since the introduction of VDL’s first electric public transport bus in 2013 we have a strong focus on climate resilient electric heavy duty vehicles. Early on, VDL has already invested in the application of hydrogen as a sustainable energy source for long haul transport solutions. Being part of this European H2Haul consortium to further decarbonising the heavy duty vehicle market fits in our e-mobility strategy. Through H2Haul, VDL, together with respected partners, is intending to gain more insight into the economical applicability of hydrogen sustainable transport solutions for the heavy duty market. The hydrogen fuel cell system will be based on the modular construction method that VDL uses for its vehicles which means that the system can be easily integrated in other heavy duty applications. It is strategically important for the European transport manufacturing industries to come up with an economically resource efficient mass-deployable hydrogen system for the long haul heavy duty transport market which will reduce the dependency on fossil fuels.”
Ben Madden, Director of Element Energy, said: “There is a growing need for zero emission vehicles across all transport modes, and fuel cell electric trucks offer the potential to make a significant contribution to decarbonising the heavy goods vehicle (HGV) sector when refuelled with renewable hydrogen. The H2Haul project is strategically important as it brings together several leading suppliers who will develop and test the vehicles and infrastructure required for hydrogen-fuelled HGVs to become a mainstream choice for logistics providers seeking to reduce the environmental impact of their operations.”
Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director of the FCH JU, said: “At EU level heavy-duty vehicles account 27% of the road transport CO2 emissions; the need of introducing innovative powertrains based clean energy is obvious and urgent. The H2Haul project will play a key role in demonstrating how fuel cells and hydrogen are perfectly suited for decarbonising this transport segment, while supporting the European value chain leadership in this domain.”
About the H2Haul project:
The H2Haul project (Hydrogen fuel cell trucks for heavy-duty, zero emission logistics) is a Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) grant funded (€12m) project deploying 16 zero emission fuel cell trucks in four demonstration sites. The project will run for five years from 2019 and is co-financed by the FCH 2 JU under the European Union – Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation under the project number 826236.
The following organisations are participating in the H2Haul project: Air Liquide, Element Energy Limited, ElringKlinger, Eoly, FPT Industrial, H2 Energy Limited, Hydrogen Europe, Hydrogenics, IRU Projects, IVECO, Powercell Sweden, THINKSTEP, VDL Enabling Transport Solutions, WaterstofNet. The trucks will be operated by a German logistics company (for BMW Group logistics), Coop, Colruyt Group, Carrefour (Chabas and Perrenot), and Air Liquide. Website: http://h2haul.eu/
About the FCH JU:
The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is a unique public private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration (RTD) activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe. Its aim is to accelerate the market introduction of these technologies, realising their potential as an instrument in achieving a carbon-lean energy system. The three members of the FCH JU are the European Commission, fuel cell and hydrogen industries represented by Hydrogen Europe and the research community represented by the research grouping Hydrogen Europe Research. Website: http://www.fch.europa.eu/
About Element Energy:
Element Energy Limited is a leading low carbon energy consultancy that provides services across a wide range of sectors: transport, power generation, energy networks, and the built environment. Element Energy has worked in the hydrogen and fuel cell sector for nearly two decades and has expertise in the initiation and coordination of innovative demonstration projects. Website: http://www.element-energy.co.uk
Posted in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, Project Management
September 5, 2019
Element Energy, DNV GL and Loughborough University presented the Hy4Heat Purity Standard report to around 50 industry stakeholders on 24 July. The report makes a recommendation for a hydrogen purity standard to be used by manufacturers developing prototype hydrogen appliances. It recommends a hydrogen purity level of 98%, as well as maximum levels for other likely trace components. The report will help to close one of the critical evidence gaps identified in work for the Hy4Heat programme.
Element Energy’s work on Purity standard, presented by Louis Day and Sam Foster, focussed on a cost benefit analysis of the purity level recommended for the programme. The report examined the trade-off between additional costs of producing hydrogen to increased purities and the impact to end-users of using lower purity hydrogen. The work included a review of the impurities typically found in the available routes of hydrogen production, the purification technologies that could be used to remove them and the impacts of the impurities on potential end users of hydrogen.
For more information on the Hy4Heat programme see www.hy4heat.info
For more information on Element Energy’s study please contact Sam Foster (email@example.com) or Louis Day (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Posted in Buildings, Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
August 8, 2019
Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) today announced its latest results and progress in its drive to increase the usage of hydrogen within mobility. The pan-European project has now deployed close to 500 hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and 30 hydrogen refuelling stations (HRS) across Germany, France, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom and other European countries. Vehicles have now travelled over 8 million kilometres since the project began in 2015, with over 5 million of these happening in 2018.
Findings and conclusions from H2ME will be shared at the Hydrogen for Clean Transport midterm conference, which will take place in Hamburg on 25th October 2019. Hamburg is the perfect location for the event as it has taken a strategic approach to adopting hydrogen, particularly in combination with renewable energies, launching a wide range of projects with ongoing local political support.
Ben Madden, Director at Element Energy – H2ME Project Lead and Overall Coordinator said, “Governments at a national and local level are putting in place concrete targets to reduce emissions and accelerate the switch to zero-emission mobility. The H2ME project demonstrates that hydrogen can play a central role in this shift, ensuring that all road users have the option to participate in the transition, thanks to its ability to provide fast refuelling and long range. Today, we can already see an acceleration of the use of hydrogen as a fuel in heavy-duty and high demand applications, such as taxis, delivery vehicles and trucks.”
The full press release is available on the H2ME website: https://h2me.eu/news/
Please register your interest to take part to the conference via this link: https://h2me.eu/events/hydrogen-for-clean-transport/
The event is a partnership between the European Commission’s Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, the EU’s flagship hydrogen projects H2ME and H2ME 2 and the International Hydrogen Symposium organised by the Hydrogen Association Hamburg and the Association of North German Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Posted in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, Project Management
July 3, 2019
As part of a project funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) under its Non-domestic Smart Energy Management Innovation Competition, Element Energy are currently trialling a web tool called the Energy Comparison and Advice Tool (E-CAT) with small businesses in the hospitality, retail and education sectors. Users of the tool are provided with comparative feedback on their energy usage, as well as energy saving tips tailored to the user’s specific business characteristics to help them save energy and money.
BEIS and the Carbon Trust recently undertook independent interviews with businesses and schools that are using the tools being trialled as part of the Non-domestic Smart Energy Management Innovation Competition and developed a number of case studies based on these interviews which have now been published. One of these case studies (a takeaway food business in Leicester) relates to the Element Energy E-CAT tool and in this case study the business manager describes a range of benefits from their experience using E-CAT. The business manager reported that staff are now more aware of their energy usage, making behavioural changes such as checking that fridge doors are closed properly and turning off lights when not in use. Since using E-CAT, the business manager estimates that their bills have reduced by £20 a month. They are now considering what longer-term E-CAT recommendations they can action to reduce their bills even further, for example purchasing more energy efficient machinery.
Click here to read the case studies.
Recruitment for the E-CAT trial is on-going. If your business or school would like to take part in the trial please register your interest at email@example.com.
Participants are paid £30 for taking part, and a further £20 for providing feedback on the tool and their experience of using it. Users across the retail (including shops, showrooms, hairdressers, etc.) and hospitality (pubs, cafés, restaurants, hotels) sectors are eligible, as are all schools. You do not need a smart meter to participate as we can provide energy monitoring equipment.
Posted in Energy Networks
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