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New analysis by Element Energy supported the Zero Carbon Humber Roadmap

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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).

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XPRESS: Towards Public-Private Collaboration In The Energy Sector

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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.

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Element Energy-led H2Haul project launches

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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.”

Background Information

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

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Purity standard for hydrogen used for heating presented by Element Energy and partners

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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 (sam.foster@element-energy.co.uk) or Louis Day (louis.day@element-energy.co.uk)

Posted in Buildings, Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

EU flagship project Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) reaches key milestone and announce Conference on 25 October 2019

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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

Element Energy helping small businesses save energy and costs through their non-domestic smart energy management project

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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 e-cat-support@element-energy.co.uk.

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.

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UK Net Zero target enshrined in law following CCC advice – supported by Element Energy analysis

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The UK Government today enshrined in law a target for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, following the advice published by the Committee on Climate Change in May.

Element Energy is delighted to have contributed to the analysis that led to this historic announcement. The CCC’s Net Zero Technical Report cites 8 separate studies led by Element Energy between 2015 and 2019 presenting evidence on how to achieve emissions reduction in buildings, industry, transport and fossil fuel production.

We now look forward to working with our clients and partners to help make Net Zero a reality!

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Construction begins on the world’s largest PEM electrolyser at Shell’s Rheinland Refinery

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Element Energy joined the REFHYNE consortium for the ground-breaking ceremony of the new hydrogen electrolysis plant at the Shell Rheinland refinery in Wesseling, Germany.

The REFHYNE project will build and install a 10 MW electrolyser at the Shell refinery site in Wesseling, Germany. The project is a total investment of 16 million euros, of which the European Fuel Cell Hydrogen Joint Undertaking contributes 10 million euros. 6 million euros is contributed by the REFHYNE consortium with Shell, ITM Power, SINTEF, thinkstep and Element Energy.

Construction of the new plant, which features advanced polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) technology, is expected to be completed in the second half of 2020. The plant will produce up to 1,300 tons of hydrogen per year when operating at peak rates.

Hydrogen will be produced using electricity instead of natural gas. Producing hydrogen with electricity generated from renewable power sources could help significantly reduce CO2 emissions from the Shell Rheinland refinery.

“Oil products will continue to play an important role in the decades ahead, and this project means we will be able to make more and cleaner fuels, bitumen and base chemicals,“ explained Frans Dumoulin, Director of the Shell Rheinland Refinery. “At the same time, we want to contribute to accelerating the use of hydrogen in transport and other sectors.”

Hydrogen can play an important role in the energy transition. Today, hydrogen is already being used in fuel cell vehicles and in industrial applications. In transport, hydrogen can help improve local air quality, as fuel cell vehicles only emit water vapor.

Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director, EU Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, said: ” “FCH-JU funded projects like REFHYNE give the opportunity to European electrolyser industry to build equipment that meets the strict standards of the European refining industry. They will help reducing the CO2 footprint of large industrial processes through the production of green hydrogen.”

Simon Bourne, Chief Technical Officer of ITM Power, said: “This ground breaking of the world’s largest PEM electrolyser is an important moment for ITM Power and our partners. Working with Shell has been a real privilege for us and the process has transformed our market offering as a result. Large scale electrolysis is now seen as an important element in the decarbonization of key industrial processes and the REFHYNE project lays the first building block to 100MW industrial plants and beyond.”

For further information about the REFHYNE project, please contact Madeline Ojakovoh or visit www.refhyne.eu

Read the full press release: here.

Posted in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

Element leads world class transport and energy stakeholders on V2G feasibility study

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Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technologies could play a key role in the decarbonisation of Britain’s transport and energy systems. Connecting millions of EVs and coordinating their charging and discharging could minimise the costs of EV charging while allowing the grid to integrate high levels of variable renewable energy sources.

The feasibility study V2GB – Vehicle to Grid Britain led by Element Energy is part of the Vehicle-to-Grid competition, funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and the department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), in partnership with Innovate UK.

Drawing on the diverse expertise of consortium members Nissan Technical Centre Europe, Energy Systems Catapult, Cenex, Western Power Distribution, National Grid ESO, Moixa and Element Energy, the project explores both near term niches and enduring large-scale opportunities for V2G to play a role in a flexible energy system in Britain.

Among the key conclusions of the project were the following

  • Residential V2G charging could be economically viable in the near term, but to do so will require a combination of high plug-in rates, reduction of the installation costs of high accuracy metering equipment for Firm Frequency Response (FFR), stacking of multiple revenue streams, and an agile model to move between revenue streams in a dynamic market environment.
  • To achieve wider uptake and contribute to energy system decarbonisation, the industry must reduce V2G hardware cost significantly, develop viable commercial models to depreciate the assets over 10 years, and remove consumer concerns about range and battery impacts.
  • A 7kW residential V2G charger could capture over £400/year in revenues, but only in ideal circumstances – a typical figure would be ca. £100/year.
  • The cost premium for 7kW V2G needs to drop below £1000 by 2030 for continued viability.
  • V2G could help to save £200m of cumulative distribution network investment by 2030.
  • Smart Charging could generate GB energy system net savings of £180m/annum, and V2G could save additional £40-90M annually in GB by 2030.

The public report about the overall project can be found here: V2GB Public Report

Element Energy produced a further report about their work package within the project, which lays out a road map for V2G in the time frame from 2020 – 2030, scaling up from a niche market to playing a more significant role in the GB power system. The report explores challenges and opportunities in technology and market evolution, the regulatory environment, and the development of business and ownership models addressing customer preferences and concerns. The analysis includes projections for V2G costs as well as revenues up to 2030 and an assessment on the changing relative importance of various energy markets for V2G business models. It uses Element Energy’s high resolution electricity system dispatch model to assess the impact of EVs on the British power system in 2030 across different scenarios.

Element Energy’s report on a road map for V2G can be found here: V2GB_WP 4 report – Requirements for market scale-up.

Reports about further work packages can be found under the links given below:


For more information please contact Shane Slater or Michael Joos

Posted in Smart Energy Systems, Transport

Element Energy complete Innovate UK-funded project “Improving Gas Network Infrastructure Planning”

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Element Energy has recently completed our Innovate UK-funded project “Improving Gas Network Infrastructure Planning”. Under the UK’s ambitious decarbonisation trajectory, the role of the UK’s gas network infrastructure is changing significantly. Gas Distribution Network Operators (GDNOs) face the challenge of having to adapt to the complex interactions of new heating technology adoption (such as heat pumps, combined heat and power, district heating, etc.), new distributed gas sources (e.g. from biomethane, bioSNG and low carbon hydrogen injection into the gas grid) and climate change, which will all impact the demand and supply levels across different areas of their networks in future. This project offered a disruptive solution to these challenges around accurately capturing emerging, complex and potentially large impacts on network infrastructure planning.

This project built on innovative consumer behaviour, technology uptake and distribution network forecasting approaches developed by Element Energy in our work with various gas and electricity distribution network operators over the past seven years. During the project we identified the value of a more holistic approach to forecasting within the energy system and extended our modelling approach to incorporate both gas and electricity energy vectors, thereby expanding the range of potential applications of our new forecasting tool within the energy sector. As a result, we developed a new type of cloud-based forecasting tool that can be used by gas or electricity DNOs, as well as other energy sector stakeholders, to better understand how decarbonisation and climate change will impact on both gas and electricity distribution network infrastructure requirements to minimise costs, optimise the matching of supply and demand and improve energy security.

For more information please contact Mark Hughes or Jake Howe.



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