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Transport industry experts gather in Brussels to commit to hydrogen mobility

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Industry leaders confirmed their commitment to expanding the deployment of fuel cell electric vehicles across Europe at the “Hydrogen for Clean Transport” conference on 22 September 2017. The event was organised by Element Energy in collaboration with partners from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) H2ME and HyFIVE projects. Around 300 participants joined the event to discover the major advances occurring in the hydrogen transport sector.

Against the backdrop of recent European commitments to decarbonisation of energy and transport systems, the efforts from global vehicle manufacturers set the tone for an industry ready to move towards a zero emission transport sector by 2040. Vehicles from Audi, BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai, Symbio, and Toyota were displayed in front of the Charlemagne building in Brussels, showing what fuel cells and hydrogen technology can offer to transport – clean vehicles with long range and fast refueling.

Mrs Clara de la Torre, Director of Transport DG Research & Innovation, opened the conference with encouraging statements for the sector and reminded us of President Junker’s declaration that “decarbonisation fundamentally changes the way our industry is powered”. Throughout her speech, Mrs de la Torre acknowledged the major progress and achievements of the FCH JU.

Experts from HyFIVE and H2ME presented the lessons learned and showed how the sector is overcoming the challenges and barriers currently faced by fuel cell technology.

The message delivered by the industry was clear: hydrogen fuel cells plus electric-vehicle technology offer a viable path to zero emission transport and, as part of the wider energy system, can support grid operations and integration of renewable energies.

Read the press release here

Watch the entire conference web streaming here

Download the presentations by Ben Madden (Element Energy), Oliver Bishop (Shell) and Bart Biebuyck (FCH JU)

For more information about the event and our work in hydrogen technology, contact Lisa Ruf

 

 

 

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Transport ‘revolution’ worth £28bn to the UK by 2035

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The key findings of a study published yesterday by the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC), estimates the market for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) in the UK at £28bn in 2035, capturing 3% of the £907bn global market.

The research, led by Element Energy with support from Cambridge Econometrics, estimated the size of the global CAV market and considered the UK’s ability to capture supply chains for CAVs and their associated technologies, under different CAV-uptake scenarios.

Key figures

The report estimates that:

  • In the UK, connected and autonomous vehicles in which the vehicle can perform the dynamic driving task could account for 31% of total annual sales by 2035, equating to vehicle sales of 1.1 million CAVs (including cars, vans, HGVs and buses).
  • Global CAV sales could be at 25% of total sales by 2035 (32.2m vehicles).
  • UK jobs in the manufacture and assembly of CAVs could reach 6,400 people in 2020 and 27,400 by 2035.
  • There would be 6,000 net additional direct jobs in the production of CAV technologies in the UK by 2035, with a further 3,900 indirect jobs created in the supply chain for these technologies.

Understanding the impact of autonomous vehicles on transport and decarbonisation

The TSC study focuses on estimating the size of the CAV market, and on the potential for the UK to capture the supply chains for CAVs and CAV technologies. However, the transition to increasingly connected and autonomous vehicles has the potential to transform the whole transport sector, including raising potential challenges and opportunities for transport decarbonisation.

Alongside our knowledge of CAVs and CAV technologies, Element Energy has extensive experience in identifying opportunities and business models for low emission vehicles and their refuelling/recharging infrastructure. This enables us to provide insights into the potential impacts of the transition to connected and autonomous vehicles on the wider transport system, and to define strategies to maximise the decarbonisation potential of connected and autonomous vehicles.

If you would like more information about the services Element Energy can offer in this area, please contact Celine Cluzel.

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Element Energy has moved to a new Cambridge office

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We are excited to announce that we have recently moved into a new Cambridge office, which provides double the space of our old office, allowing us to continue to grow. Our new office location is on Thompson’s Lane, in the heart of the city centre, with easy access to a range of shops and restaurants, near the river Cam and very close to St John’s and Magdalene Colleges. The location also has historical significance; we are within a stone’s throw of the site of one of the first power stations to use efficient steam turbines for generating electricity (Cambridge Power Station in 1892).

Our new address is Suite 1, Bishop Bateman Court, Thompson’s Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8AQ.

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Element Energy presentation at All Energy

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A recent multi-disciplinary project, funded by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), has studied how brine production, more often associated with oil and gas operations, can enhance the storage potential of saline aquifers already identified as ideal CO2 stores. The findings of the project were presented by Emrah Durusut, Element Energy’s CCUS Leader, at All-Energy 2017 and highlight other key benefits of using brine production alongside CO2 storage, including the opportunity to convert smaller aquifers into economically viable stores. It may also give certain storage sites a longer lifespan by allowing operators to increase the injection rate at a later date as new CO2 sources come on stream.

Emrah Durusut, of Element Energy, said, “Our study has identified a variety of strategic benefits of brine production for both policymakers and storage operators. In addition to increasing storage capacity and achieving lower minimum unit costs at certain aquifers, brine production can also increase optionality for storage operators and allow operators to better utilise their existing storage assets within a defined licence area.”

For further information please contact emrah.durusut@element-energy.co.uk.

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Element Energy at Turkey Smart Grid Congress

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Element Energy’s Shane Slater and Emrah Durusut were invited by the British Embassy Ankara Turkey to attend the 5th International Istanbul Smart Grids & Smart Cities Congress and Fair 2017, which was attended by senior government representatives, regulators and CEO’s from Electricity and Gas Utilities and technology developers.

During the Opening Ceremony, Judith Slater, British Consul-General to Istanbul, explained the importance of “Renewable Energy Technologies Economic Analysis Tool”, which was designed by Element Energy for UNDP Turkey, in partnership with the Turkish Government, to evaluate the economic, environmental and efficiency benefits of a variety of relevant technology options.

Element Energy’s Director, Shane Slater joined the United Kingdom Panel to discuss the impact of low-carbon technologies on Transmission and Distribution networks, distribution network investment forecasting and commercial arrangements for battery storage and demand side response.

Istanbul Smart Grid Conference Photo 1

For further information please contact shane.slater@element-energy.co.uk.

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Element Energy presentation at Ministerial-level Policy Group Meeting

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Element Energy’s CCUS Leader, Emrah Durusut was invited by US Department of Energy to present at the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) Policy Group Meeting in Abu Dhabi. CSLF is a Ministerial-level international climate change initiative that is focused on the development of improved cost-effective technologies for carbon capture and storage (CCS). Emrah Durusut gave a talk on enabling the deployment of industrial CCUS clusters, which included an overview of the commercial demonstration of industrial CCUS, key enablers to unlock private investment in CCUS and the key messages for the Ministers based on Element Energy’s recent CCUS projects.

For further information please contact emrah.durusut@element-energy.co.uk.

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Element Energy presentation at IEA CCS workshop

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Element Energy’s CCUS Leader, Emrah Durusut was invited by the International Energy Agency (IEA) to present at the IEA CO2 transport and storage workshop in Paris. Emrah Durusut gave three talks on CCS including storage economics and impact of brine production; enabling deployment of industrial CCS clusters globally; and assessment of European funds for an industrial CCS cluster in Rotterdam.

For further information please contact emrah.durusut@element-energy.co.uk.

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UK’s zero emission bus deployment plans gain momentum

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A bulk procurement process for fuel cell buses was launched last week, with the publication of a tender by Transport for London. Working in partnership with several other UK cities (Aberdeen, Birmingham, Dundee), TfL is inviting potential suppliers of hydrogen fuel cell buses to join a framework for the supply of single and double decker vehicles to cities across the UK and potentially further afield. The zero tailpipe emission fuel cell buses will replace diesel vehicles and thus form a key element of each city’s plans to address poor air quality and other environmental issues.

Further information is available from the full press release.

This activity is part of the JIVE project, which Element Energy is coordinating having formed the consortium and led a successful application to the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking for European funding.

For further information please contact michael.dolman@element-energy.co.uk or hamish.nichol@element-energy.co.uk .

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Element Energy at World Bank’s conference on NDC implementation in San Jose, Costa Rica

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(Image courtesy of the Partnership for Market Readiness)

(Image courtesy of the Partnership for Market Readiness)

The Paris Agreement, now ratified by 132 countries, requires national governments to develop ‘nationally-determined contributions’ (NDCs) setting out ambitious carbon emissions reductions targets and the actions they will undertake to achieve the reduction.

The Technical Workshop “Paving the Way for NDC Implementation: Analyzing Policy Options and Modeling Carbon Pricing”, organized by the PMR Secretariat in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica, brought together policy makers and technical practitioners who are involved in the analytics underlying NDC implementation planning efforts in their respective countries, and international experts working on this topic.

Element Energy’s Built Environment team leader, Sam Foster, was invited to present the case study of energy efficiency in Morocco’s buildings sector, following Element Energy’s recent analysis carried out on this topic for the World Bank. This study found that, while carbon pricing and targeted grant supports would help to accelerate the deployment of energy-efficient appliances, low carbon heating and renewable generation, a more effective strategy would involve market reforms to reduce transaction costs and lower investor hurdle rates. As governments across the world developing their decarbonisation strategies wrestle with numerous competing domestic priorities, we believe the application of thoughtful, evidence-based analysis such as this will be critical to ensure the targeted emissions reductions can be realised.

A summary of the event is available at this link. The presentation given by Element Energy is available here. For further information, please contact Sam Foster at sam.foster@element-energy.co.uk.

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Element Energy commence two exciting new heat network feasibility studies

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Element Energy have recently been commissioned by North East Lincolnshire Council to assess the viability of heat networks in the region. Funded by the UK Government’s Heat Networks Delivery Unit (HNDU), the study will consider opportunities for capturing waste heat from the region’s industrial sites, for tapping into the area’s substantial geothermal resource and even extracting heat from the River Humber to provide heat to thousands of homes and businesses.

Element Energy has also recently commenced a HNDU-funded project working with Reading Borough Council to examine the feasibility of a heat network in Reading Town Centre. The study area will focus on the numerous redevelopment areas in the Town Centre.

For further information, please contact Sam Foster at sam.foster@element-energy.co.uk.

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