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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.

 

 

Posted in Energy Networks

H2Bus Consortium confirms plans to deploy at least 600 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses

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On 3rd June, the H2Bus Consortium confirmed plans to deploy at least 600 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses and supporting refuelling infrastructure across three countries (Denmark, Latvia and the UK). This initiative is made possible through concerted efforts to drive down the cost of equipment through economies of scale and €40m of funding from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). Building on the fuel cell bus deployments under the FCH JU funded JIVE and JIVE 2 projects, H2Bus aims to bring cost-competitive zero emission buses to Europe and is a crucial step in the commercialisation of the hydrogen bus sector.

Element Energy has supported the H2Bus project from its conception, including:

  • Securing €40m towards the initiative by leading the application for CEF funding
  • Developing the commercial bus and fuel offering
  • Assembling and managing the consortium of partners with the expertise and capacity to deliver the programme
  • Developing financial strategies to benefit the consortium and customer

We will continue to work with the H2Bus Consortium to deliver this ground-breaking project.

For further information, please contact Matthew Wilson or visit h2bus.eu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

Three Element Energy studies contribute to the CCC’s Net-Zero Report

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Three recent studies by Element Energy provided supporting evidence for the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) to underpin their recent Net-Zero report, informing the UK Government on the UK’s first net-zero target and the reassessment of the UK’s long-term emissions targets.

Data and evidence resulting from the analyses from these studies were utilised by the CCC to update its assessment of the scope to reduce emissions from sources so far considered particularly difficult or expensive to abate. The analysis of feasibility and cost of abatement of these sources was crucial to assess the amount of emissions that would require offsetting through greenhouse gas removal options for the UK to reach net-zero emissions.

The Assessment of Options to Reduce Emissions from Fossil Fuel Production and Fugitive Emissions study was led by Element Energy in collaboration with Imperial Consultants and is one of the first detailed assessments of emissions reduction from fossil fuel production and fugitive emissions in the UK.

The Extension to Fuel Switching Engagement Study was conducted by Element Energy to assess decarbonisation options for industrial processes and activities. A previous study by Element Energy and Jacobs for BEIS investigated the potential of fuel switching for a portion of industrial heating applications. This new study for the CCC extends the scope of this analysis to the entirety of emissions from fuel combustion in industry.

The Analysis on abating direct emissions from ‘hard-to-decarbonise’ homes study was led by Element Energy, with support from UCL’s Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering. This work analysed the most cost-effective and appropriate decarbonisation options for the various segments of the existing domestic building stock, with a particular focus on identifying solutions for buildings that are traditionally considered hard-to-decarbonise, such as heritage homes, those off the gas grid and homes with space constraints.

All findings from the CCC’s assessment and the CCC’s recommendations informing the Government on a Net-Zero target are included in the Net-Zero Technical Report and the CCC’s Net-Zero Advice Report respectively.

For more information on Element Energy’s studies please contact Emrah Durusut (CCUS and Industrial Decarbonisation team lead) or Sam Foster (Built Environment team lead).

Posted in Buildings, CCUS & Industrial Decarbonisation

Element Energy presents about V2G study at All Energy

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Element Energy have presented about their work in the feasibility study V2GB – Vehicle 2 Grid Britain at All Energy in Glasgow. The study is conducted by a consortium of industry and consultancy partners including car manufacturer Nissan, electricity system operator National Grid and distribution network operator Western Power Distribution.

Within the V2GB project, Element Energy investigated the challenges and opportunities of a scale up of V2G from a niche technology to a significant market in 2030. In particular, Element Energy’s work focused on the evolvement of revenue streams, the potential for cost reductions of the technology, the system value of V2G and the overall value proposition to the customer.

Element Energy’s presentation was covered in the news: https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/ev-technology-ahead-of-government-understanding-says-transport-scotland-spokesman

For more information on Element Energy’s study please contact Michael Joos (michael.joos@element-energy.co.uk).

Posted in Energy Networks, Smart Energy Systems, Transport

Element Energy recruiting participants for the next stage of their non-domestic smart meter feedback project

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Element Energy have begun the third phase of their BEIS-funded initiative to develop and trial a web tool to provide customers with context and comparative feedback on energy use across the retail, hospitality and schools sectors. This follows their successful completion of the initial stage in which, working with project partners Octopus Energy, 19 schools and businesses trialled the early version. Insights from this four-month trial have informed the further development of the tool, and a new, updated version is now live, and being tested by a larger cohort of participants.

The tool – called Energy Comparison and Advice Tool (E-CAT) – presents smart meter data in intuitive and informative ways, and uses it to provide comparative feedback to SMEs and schools on how their electricity usage compares to similar organisations. It also includes a library of tailored energy saving measures, and a wide range of additional analysis and advice.

Recruitment is on-going, but limited to 200 participants. 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.

Posted in Buildings, Energy Networks

Element Energy-led workshop kick-starts discussion on hydrogen for heat in industry

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Element Energy, along with partners Jacobs and Cardiff University, are completing analysis on the potential use of full hydrogen for heat in industry, as part of the Hy4Heat Programme.

On 10th April, Element Energy led an industry workshop at BEIS to share findings on potential conversion of industrial heating equipment to ~100% hydrogen. The workshop was attended by over 40 participants from industrial sites, equipment manufacturers (OEMs), gas networks, BEIS and Hy4Heat. The aim of the workshop was to share and test the key findings of the study so far, as well as get input from industry on the challenges and enablers around industrial hydrogen conversion. Many valuable discussions were captured, with considerations around the technical, economic and strategic challenges, as well as the support and collaboration required from government, OEMs and industry for demonstration and potential roll-out.

The study is now nearing completion, with the results expected to be published in the summer.

For more information on the Hy4Heat programme see www.hy4heat.info

For more information on Element Energy’s study please contact Emrah Durusut (emrah.durusut@element-energy.co.uk).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in CCUS & Industrial Decarbonisation, Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

Element Energy at G3 Energy Summit

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Element Energy’s Shane Slater was invited to be the keynote speaker at the recent Innovation in Energy panel at the G3 Energy Summit. The G3 Energy Summit is an annual student-led energy conference, co-organised by the Energy Societies of Imperial College London, the London School of Economics and Political Science and University College London. It brings together leaders from across industry, politics and academia to discuss trends and issues within the energy sector.

Shane identified some rapid changes occurring in the energy sector across generation, demand and infrastructure. His presentation went on to identify some reasons why innovation does not progress further and some threats to progress in the future. To see his presentation please click here.

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

 

 

 

Posted in Smart Energy Systems

Element Energy joins the Home Response project

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Element Energy has joined the Home Response project investigating domestic demand-side response (DSR), which is being led by the Mayor of London and includes project partners Moixa, Repowering London and UK Power Networks. The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) today launched Phase 2 of their domestic DSR competition which allocated £8,570,000 funding for projects that will trial innovative approaches to DSR in domestic applications, including nearly £930,000 for Home Response.

The Home Response project will look at how smart energy technology, data and energy services can be used in Londoners’ homes to cut energy bills and reduce energy use. It will also aim to reward energy flexibility and contribute to a smarter, cleaner energy system for London. At Element Energy we’re excited to join the Home Response team for Phase 2, the other partners having successfully completed the Phase 1 feasibility study last year. Element Energy will lead the Business Models and Exploitation work package of the trial, bringing our understanding of energy markets and the challenges of delivering value to domestic flexibility providers. We will work alongside the project partners to develop the innovative community energy-based business model to be tested in the project. Furthermore, we will produce the business model review and exploitation plan, upon project completion, to allow the learnings of the project to be exploited to ensure maximum benefit for the entire UK energy system.

We will also leverage our extensive experience in working on innovative trials of this nature to carry out the project monitoring and evaluation work package. In doing so, we will help to ensure successful delivery of this project which aims to help develop a smart and innovative energy system that is accessible to all participants.

For more information please contact Ian Walker or Jake Howe or visit the Mayor of London’s Home Response page here.

Posted in Energy Networks
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