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January 26, 2021
HyPSTER is the first EU supported project aiming for large scale green hydrogen underground storage in salt caverns. The demonstration facility will be realised in France. The project with a total budget of 13MEuro has been granted a 5-million-euro grant by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU).
At the beginning of the year 2021, the project is launched with a subsurface and surface engineering study, which precedes the field-testing phase. This project will make it possible to better identify the position of storage in the hydrogen value chain. In the long term, this demonstrator aims to support the development of the hydrogen economy in Europe.
HyPSTER stands for Hydrogen Pilot STorage for large Ecosystem Replication
Storage: A critical facility in the green hydrogen sector
This demonstrator, the flagship of the development of green hydrogen underground storage in Europe, is fully in line with the objective of lowering the economy’s carbon intensity, as well as the EU recovery plan, and integrates a link in the Hydrogen value chain which hasn’t been tested yet: underground storage. Its aim is to test industrial-scale green hydrogen production and storage in salt caverns and the technical and economic reproducibility of the process to other sites throughout Europe.
HyPSTER marks another stage in energy transition for phasing out of fossil energy, in favour of renewable, carbon-free energy sources.
For the production of green hydrogen, the Etrez storage site will rely on local renewable energy sources (photovoltaic, hydroelectric) and a 1-MW electrolyser. In the long run, this facility will produce 400 kg of hydrogen per day (the equivalent of the consumption of 16 hydrogen buses*).
This production will enable to test the storage of 2 to 3 tons of green hydrogen during the first stage, before using the total capacity of the chosen salt cavern, amounting to 44 tons (the equivalent of the daily consumption of 1,760 hydrogen buses*).
Etrez: A site located ideally at the crossroads of production, storage and consumption
Located north-west of Bourg-en-Bresse, on the north-south European corridor, the Etrez storage site is the largest French natural gas storage site in salt caverns in terms of capacity.
The site area is particularly dynamic regarding the development of the use of green hydrogen with large-scale projects such as Zero Emission Valley (Project ZEV) in the region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, the construction of hydrogen production units and filling stations in the region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, and the Chemical Valley with the presence of many industrial players.
*One bus tank containing 25 kg of hydrogen
A closer look at hydrogen:
Hydrogen from renewable production has a prime position in energy transition.
It can be utilised for a variety of purposes:
– in the industry (chemical, electronic, glass, metal…), hydrogen can be used to produce different materials, but also for energy purposes (steam, for instance), and to lower the carbon intensity of the production chain;
– in transports and mobility, it replaces traditional fuels with the advantage of not generating any emissions while offering significant autonomy and very short refuelling time.
Thanks to green hydrogen, renewable energy sources can access hard to decarbonise sectors
The project stakeholders and their roles
- Storengy (FR): Project coordinator for all partners, manages and operates the storage site and the salt cavern used for testing.
- Armines-Ecole Polytechnique (FR): Different academic studies which are part of the HyPSTER project.
- INOVYN (UK): Definition of the ideal salt cavern utilisation cycle (hydrogen input/output for consumption).
- ESK (DE): Validation of engineering design and transfer of existing cycling models (from natural gas storage) for hydrogen storage.
- Element Energy (UK): Validation of the techno-economic approach of the demonstrator and assessment of potential for replicability to other sites/countries.
- Ineris (FR): Expertise in the demonstrator’s environmental risks. Analysis and the regulatory framework for a safe development of this industry in Europe.
- Axelera (FR): Operational result monitoring and sharing with all partners and the scientific community. Communication, dissemination, strategic intelligence and networking with stakeholders, in order to facilitate the use and replication of HyPSTER’s solutions beyond the project.
The project timeline
- 2020: Definition of the regulatory framework for the project. Reception of financing by the European Union (FCH-JU), signature of the consortium agreement by all partners
- 2021: Start of the engineering studies.
- 2022: Construction of the electrolysis unit for on-site green hydrogen production.
- 2023: Experimentation of hydrogen storage in a salt cavern and hydrogen production.
Storengy, an ENGIE subsidiary, is one of the world leaders in underground natural gas storage. Drawing on 60 years of experience, Storengy designs, develops and operates storage facilities and offers its customers innovative products. The company owns 21 natural gas storage sites with a total capacity of 136 TWh in France, Germany and the United Kingdom. Storengy is positioned today as a key player in the development of geothermal energy (heat/cold production and power generation), as well as innovative production and storage solutions for renewable gas (biomethane, hydrogen, synthetic methane). In the hydrogen sector, Storengy is a member of France Hydrogène (formerly AFHYPAC), as well as the association Hydrogen Europe. www.storengy.com
About Armines-Ecole Polytechnique:
Armines is the largest French research structure oriented towards businesses, with 48 joint training centres (Ecoles-Armines), including Ecole Polytechnique. Ecole Polytechnique is the leading French institution combining top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. With its 23 laboratories, the Ecole Polytechnique Research Center explores the frontiers of interdisciplinary knowledge to provide major contributions to science, technology, and society. www.armines.net www.polytechnique.edu
Formed on 1 July 2015 and part of INEOS, INOVYN is a vinyls producer that ranks among the top three worldwide. With a turnover above €3.5 billion, INOVYN has more than 4,300 employees and manufacturing, sales and marketing operations in ten countries across Europe. INOVYN’s portfolio consists of an extensive range of class-leading products arranged across Organic Chlorine Derivatives; Chlor Alkali; General Purpose Vinyls; Specialty Vinyls; Sulphur Chemicals; Salt; and Electrochemical and Vinyls Technologies. Annual production volumes are more than 40 million tonnes. www.inovyn.com
As a renowned engineering company for energy storage and energy system services, ESK GmbH has been successfully managing both national and international projects for many years. Our highly qualified team, mainly consisting of engineers and geoscientists, has many years of experience and extensive know-how, especially in the fields of porous rock and cavern storage technology. ESK employs a total of 80 people at the Holzwickede and Freiberg locations and in offices in Leipzig and Staßfurt, Germany. www.esk-projects.com
About Element Energy:
Element Energy is a low carbon, sustainability and consumer behaviour consultancy and engineering practice providing strategic advice, computational modelling, software development and engineering consultancy across the buildings, transport and power sectors for a broad range of clients. Element Energy has a decade-long experience with hydrogen technologies as a consulting SME and brings to the project its knowledge of the supply and demand for stored hydrogen strategic analysis for the eventual replication of the salt cave storage technologies as well as experience in the delivery of hydrogen projects and management of R&D consortium. www.element-energy.co.uk
Ineris (National Institute for the Industrial Environment and Risks) is an industrial and commercial public Institute under the aegis of the Ministry of the Environment managing industrial and environmental risks. The institute carries out research activities requested by industrial operators and / or public authorities in the field of risk assessment, prevention and protection in connection with industrial activities, in particular in underground environments. INERIS has developed over the years a solid expertise in the field of environmental risk assessment related to underground storage activities. Ineris has also large scale laboratories for H2 experiments and testing. This expertise is based on both experimental skills (particularly in situ), numerical modelling and risk assessment methods for health and the environment. https://www.ineris.fr/fr
About AXELERA Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes:
Axelera Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is a French cluster at the crossroads of the chemical and environmental sectors. Axelera aims to help mature green hydrogen projects with its members from ideas to marketable products and processes as part of its more global commitment to developing sustainable, efficient, circular and clean solutions for industry. Axelera’s public-private network of 367 members gathers expertise in: • Materials, chemicals, equipment and system manufacturing and integration • Process engineering, industrial energy and resource efficiency, and regulatory compliance • Circular economy • Water, air, and soil depollution • Renewable raw materials • Digitalization of the process industries. www.axelera.org.
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, realizing their potential as an instrument in achieving a carbon-clean energy system.
Fuel cells, as an efficient conversion technology, and hydrogen, as a clean energy carrier, have a great potential to help fight carbon dioxide emissions, to reduce dependence on hydrocarbons and to contribute to economic growth. The objective of the FCH JU is to bring these benefits to Europeans through a concentrated effort from all sectors.
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 Hydrogen Europe Research. https://www.fch.europa.eu/
Posted in Project Management
January 22, 2021
UK Power Networks, the electricity Distribution Network Operator for London, the South East and the East of England, recently published its Distribution Future Energy Scenarios presenting different potential futures for their network. Element Energy undertook the analysis to support the scenarios and authored the report.
The work constitutes a comprehensive and rigorously research view of the range of future outcomes for the uptake of key drivers of electricity demand and generation across UK Power Networks’ region as the UK takes steps to decarbonise. Key features of the work include that:
- The work benefited from an extensive programme of regional stakeholder engagement, where we discussed local plans for decarbonisation with a range of local government stakeholders.
- The scenario data is highly spatially resolved (down to Lower Layer Super Output Area [LSOA] level).
- The scenarios have been constructed in a flexible manner so that they can easily be updated to reflect policy and technological change in forthcoming years.
Element Energy will continue to work closely with UK Power Networks to integrate these scenarios with their business planning tools and we will also work together to refresh the scenarios on an annual basis.
The detailed LSOA-level scenario data is accessible on the Open Data portal of UK Power Networks’ website.
See the press release from UK Power Network’s here.
For more details on the work please contact Jake Howe or Ian Walker.
Posted in Energy Networks
January 14, 2021
A flagship project for hydrogen mobility involving nearly 50 organisations at the forefront of the sector has today published its final report detailing the key findings and learnings. The findings are released at a crucial time as the European Green Deal seeks a 90% reduction in transport related emissions by 2050.
Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) has completed its first phase and compiled a rich dataset since initiating in 2016: 630 hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles have been deployed in 10 countries and 37 new hydrogen refuelling stations installed in 8 countries, achieving 14.5 million km driven and 147 tonnes of hydrogen dispensed across 68,000 refuelling events. It is the largest European deployment for hydrogen mobility to date and demonstrates the commercial potential to rollout fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and hydrogen refuelling stations (HRS) for large and small fleets.
Following the conclusion of its initial phase, H2ME recommends national and international incentives that ensure the dispensed cost of low carbon hydrogen is competitive for vehicle operators to create a level playing field with other zero emission vehicles. National, regional, and local policies that ensure continued development of the industry are also recommended. The expansion of hydrogen infrastructure as a result of H2ME, co-funded by the FCH-JU, means more FCEVs now have access to refuelling stations however the limited infrastructure prevents full operational advantages of FCEVs being realised.
Incentives such as purchase grants and tax exemptions will unlock demand from vehicle operators and bring market confidence to vehicle suppliers. Similarly, financial support applied per unit (kg) of hydrogen sold, similar to the feed in tariffs which were applied to stimulate early renewable energy uptake, will lower the price of green hydrogen at the pump. This will enable high utilisation of refuelling stations, which strengthens its business case, demonstrated by clusters of captive fleets with high mileage and heavy-duty cycles as they have significantly lower costs per kilogram of hydrogen.
The second phase of deployment will focus on developing state of the art refuelling stations, increased options for producing green hydrogen, and targeting a wider range of vehicles (from light duty to heavy duty vehicles). The lessons from phase one show that future hydrogen mobility strategies should focus more on high mileage and heavy-duty applications to provide the anchor demand for new installations. This will provide a stronger business case to the HRS operators.
Hydrogen could play a key role in enabling high mileage applications can transition to zero emission as these applications have specific operational needs such as long range and short refuelling time, that can be met by FCEVs. The overall cost of operating FCEVs in these fleets is expected to decrease rapidly in the coming years. For example, an analysis from the ZEFER project found that for high mileages applications such as taxis, and with hydrogen at €7,5/kg, FCEVs can reach parity on a total cost of ownership basis with petrol/diesel hybrids in the next 5 years.
In Denmark three Hyundai ix35 FCEVs are used by the Municipality of Copenhagen for a variety of duties as part of H2ME. They average 120 km travelled per day, with recorded distances up to 500 km in a single day, and have access to three refuelling stations within driving range. Well-to-wheel (WTW) emissions from FCEVs in Denmark are calculated at 20 gCO2e/km, compared to 34 gCO2e/km for a battery electric vehicle, 47 gCO2e/km for a battery electric SUV and 217 gCO2e/km for a diesel comparator. The use of 100% green certified electrolytic hydrogen is key to the low emissions, however FCEVs still achieve significantly lower WTW emissions than diesel or gasoline vehicles even if using hydrogen derived from fossil fuels. Similar analysis conducted in Germany and France found that FCEVs achieve significant emission savings compared to diesel or gasoline vehicles, even if using fossil-derived hydrogen, and can be even more significantly when using low carbon or green hydrogen.
The fuel cell electric vehicles deployed have completed up to 600 km of driving range on a single tank, and prove reliable with over 99% availability over their operational usage since 2016. The confirmation of technology readiness, emerging business cases and customer proposition in the project shows a path towards commercialisation.
With increasing needs for zero emissions mobility solutions to achieve environmental targets, and economics expecting to improve rapidly at scale, there is a strong case to support the commercial rollout for hydrogen mobility.
Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director at Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), said: “The first phase of H2ME has demonstrated that light duty hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are performant and nearing market competition with other zero emissions vehicles for high mileage applications, like taxi fleets. In addition, our flagship project was successful in supporting the onset of a European H2 infrastructure for road transport. Today, Europe has a card to play: By integrating these learnings into the heavy duty truck sector, it can capitalise on best practices of vehicles fleets and infrastructure management, making an essential contribution to a green post-Covid recovery of our economy”.
Ben Madden, Director at Element Energy, said: “We are pleased to share the results and findings of the H2ME 1 project. This project would not have been possible without the support from the FCH JU and commitment of all partners involved. Grants to support early stage commercial deployments are a critical step in the path towards commercialisation and will remain one of the key financial tools at the European level in the coming year to develop solutions for zero-emission mobility. Element Energy is very proud to have coordinated this project and to continue supporting the largest hydrogen mobility initiative in Europe.”
Dr Duncan Yellen, Managing Director at ITM Motive, said: “Participation in the H2ME project has been invaluable in providing insights into both the engineering and customer requirements for our future build programme. Thanks to the learning provided here and through other funded projects we are confident in our ability to provide the best possible designs for building the next generation of Hydrogen Refuelling Stations across the UK to match the needs of heavy duty vehicles, high use car fleets and rail.”
Nikolas Iwan, CEO of H2 Mobility, said: “20 of the more than 90 stations in Germany have been built in the H2ME project. We are proud to be partner in the largest European hydrogen mobility initiative. Collaboration is the key to a successful mobility transition, especially in the next phase were rules and regulations have to be set for the light and heavy duty transport sector.”
Anna Margrét Kornelíusdóttir, Project Manager at Icelandic New Energy Ltd, said: “The Nordic countries have long had a faith in clean hydrogen produced from their abundant renewable energy resources. Our governments have made this clear by implementing generous economic incentives and ambitious strategies.
“H2ME has demonstrated the use and reliability of hydrogen and fuel cell technology for passenger vehicles across Europe and proven the feasibility of hydrogen as a transport fuel.
“Amid rising pressure to reach decarbonisation goals, hydrogen technology represents a low carbon and low emission energy solution that can play a vital role in the next steps addressing a transition to clean energy, not only for passenger vehicles, but also heavy-duty trucks, marine vessels and even aviation”.
Philippe Rosier, CEO of Symbio, said: “Symbio is proud to have been involved in the first and most important deployment project at the European level for hydrogen mobility. I have no doubt what we’ve learnt together during this first phase will be of great help for the future. This is a key factor to give Europe a leadership on hydrogen at the worldwide level, since combining acceleration on industrialization with deployment is the winning combination”.
Full report can be found here.
This €170 million demonstration project is co-funded with €67 million from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), a public-private partnership supporting fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe.
Partners include project lead Element Energy, alongside AGA, Air Liquide, AREVA H2GEN, Audi, BOC, BMW, Cenex, City of Copenhagen (Kobenhavns Kommune), Communauté d’Agglomération Sarreguemines Confluence, CNR, Daimler AG, Danish Hydrogen Fuel, EIFER, GNVERT, H2 Mobility Deutschland, Honda, Hydrogen Denmark (Brintbranchen), Hydrogene de France, hySOLUTIONS, Hyundai, Icelandic New Energy Ltd, Intelligent Energy, Islenska Vetnisfelagid (H2 Iceland), Kerkhof, ITM Power, Linde AG, McPhy Energy, Michelin, Nel Hydrogen, Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (Ministerie Van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat), Nissan, OMV, OPEN ENERGI, Renault, Renault Trucks, SEMITAN, Stedin, STEP, Symbio, Toyota, The University of Manchester, WaterstofNet.
This project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 671438 & No 700350. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe research.
Posted in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, Project Management
January 8, 2021
ITM Power, Ørsted, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, and Element Energy have been awarded EUR 5 million in funding from The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH2-JU) under the European Commission to demonstrate and investigate a combined wind turbine and electrolyser system designed for operation in marine environments.
The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH2-JU), a public private partnership of the European Commission, has awarded the consortium behind the OYSTER project, consisting of ITM Power, Ørsted, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, and Element Energy EUR 5 million to investigate the feasibility and potential of combining an offshore wind turbine directly with an electrolyser and transporting renewable hydrogen to shore. The consortium will develop and test a megawatt-scale fully marinised electrolyser in a shoreside pilot trial. The project will be coordinated by Element Energy.
To realise the potential of offshore hydrogen production, there is a need for compact electrolysis systems that can withstand harsh offshore environments and have minimal maintenance requirements while still meeting cost and performance targets that will allow production of low-cost hydrogen. The project will provide a major advance towards this aim.
The electrolyser system will be designed to be compact, to allow it to be integrated with a single offshore wind turbine, and to follow the turbine’s production profile. Furthermore, the electrolyser system will integrate desalination and water treatment processes, making it possible to use seawater as a feedstock for the electrolysis process.
The OYSTER project partners share a vision of hydrogen being produced from offshore wind at a cost that is competitive with natural gas (with a realistic carbon tax), thus unlocking bulk markets for green hydrogen making a meaningful impact on CO2 emissions, and facilitating the transition to a fully renewable energy system in Europe.
This project is a key first step on the path to developing a commercial offshore hydrogen production industry and will demonstrate innovative solutions with significant potential in Europe and beyond.
The project is planned to start in 2021 and run to the end of 2024. ITM Power is responsible for the development of the electrolyser system and the electrolyser trials, while Ørsted will lead the offshore deployment analysis, the feasibility study of future physical offshore electrolyser deployments, and support ITM Power in the design of the electrolyser system for marinisation and testing. Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and Element Energy are providing technical and project expertise.
Dr Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power, said: “ITM Power are delighted to be part of this exciting project, working alongside industry leaders to explore the potential to harness wind for offshore green hydrogen production.”
Anders Christian Nordstrøm, Vice President and Head of Ørsted’s hydrogen activities, said: “To create a world that runs entirely on green energy, we need to electrify as much as we can. However, some sectors cannot decarbonise through electrification and that’s where renewable hydrogen could play a significant role. Offshore hydrogen production could be a future, supplemental way of getting large amounts of energy generated from offshore wind power to shore. As the largest offshore wind company in the world, we’re of course keen to better understand what it will take to produce renewable hydrogen offshore as a potential future supplement to production of renewable electricity. Having pioneered the offshore wind industry, we know that thorough analysis and testing are required before deploying new technologies at sea.”
Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), said: “The OYSTER project is a very exciting addition to the FCH JU pallet of electrolysis projects that will allow the development of an offshore-spec electrolyser for green hydrogen to be generated in the harsh offshore environment. The aim is the optimal integration of electrolysers with off-shore wind turbines to store the energy generated in the form of hydrogen. We are absolutely delighted to support this innovative project which reduces the environmental impact in further industrial applications.”
Michael Dolman, Associate Director at Element Energy, said: “Offshore wind is now one of the lowest cost forms of electricity generation in Europe and will have an important role in Europe’s decarbonisation plans. There is growing interest in transporting renewable energy in the form of hydrogen, particularly for sites far from shore. Realising such a vision will require further development and innovations of the type to be demonstrated in the OYSTER project, which Element Energy is pleased to coordinate.”
For further information, please contact:
Ørsted: Michael Korsgaard Nielsen, Media Relations Manager: MIKON@orsted.dk
ITM Power plc: Rebecca Markillie, Marketing and Communications Manager: RLM@itm-power.com
About the OYSTER project and the FCH2-JU
This project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH2-JU) under grant agreement No. 101006751. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, Hydrogen Europe, and Hydrogen Europe Research. The FCH2-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-clean energy system.
About ITM Power
ITM Power plc manufactures integrated hydrogen energy solutions for grid balancing, energy storage and the production of renewable hydrogen for transport, renewable heat and chemicals. ITM Power plc was admitted to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in 2004. In October 2019, the Company announced the completion of a £58.8 million fundraise, including a subscription by Linde of £38 million, together with the formation of a joint-venture with Linde to focus on delivering renewable hydrogen to large scale industrial projects worldwide.
In November 2020, ITM Power completed a £172m fund raise, including £30m from Snam, one of the world’s leading energy infrastructure operators. ITM Power signed a forecourt siting agreement with Shell for hydrogen refuelling stations in September 2015, (which was extended in May 2019 to include buses, trucks, trains and ships) and in January 2018 a deal to deploy a 10MW electrolyser at Shell’s Rhineland refinery. ITM Power announced the lease of the world’s largest electrolyser factory in Sheffield with a capacity of 1GW (1,000MW) per annum in July 2019. Customers and partners include Sumitomo, Ørsted, Phillips 66, National Grid, Cadent, Northern Gas Networks, Gasunie, RWE, Engie, BOC Linde, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai and Anglo American among others.
Ørsted’s vision is to create a world that runs entirely on green energy. Ørsted develops, constructs, and operates offshore and onshore wind farms, solar farms, energy storage facilities, and bioenergy plants, and provides energy products to its customers. Ørsted ranks #1 in Corporate Knights’ 2020 index of the Global 100 most sustainable corporations in the world and is recognised on the CDP Climate Change A List as a global leader on climate action. Headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted employs 6,120 people. Ørsted’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (Orsted). In 2019, the company generated revenue of DKK 67.8 billion (EUR 9.1 billion).
About Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Siemens Gamesa is a global leader in the wind power industry, with a strong presence in all facets of the business: offshore, onshore and services. The company’s advanced digital capabilities enable it to offer one of the broadest product portfolios in the sector as well as industry-leading service solutions, helping to make clean energy more affordable and reliable. With more than 107 GW installed worldwide, Siemens Gamesa manufactures, installs and maintains wind turbines, both onshore and offshore. The company’s orders backlog stands at €30.2 billion. The company is headquartered in Spain and listed on the Spanish stock exchange (trading on the Ibex-35 index).
About Element Energy
Element Energy is a dynamic and growing zero carbon energy consultancy. We specialise in the intelligent analysis of zero carbon energy and help our clients understand zero carbon technology options and develop innovative projects using these technologies. Element Energy is involved in many of the largest hydrogen deployment projects across Europe. These include a number of projects based around large scale renewable hydrogen production and associated end uses in the transport and industrial sectors.
Posted in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, Project Management
November 24, 2020
A high-level roundtable on hydrogen mobility took place on Tuesday 17th November, bringing together MEPs, government representatives and experts on hydrogen to discuss the contribution of hydrogen to the European Green Deal objective of carbon neutrality by 2050.
MEPs and representatives from the European Commission struck a positive tone on the role hydrogen has to play as an enabler of both transport decarbonisation and a renewably-powered society, and stressed its convenience and flexibility of use. Additionally, participants commented on how they expected hydrogen technology development to foster European industry competitiveness and secure future-oriented jobs, as well as to retain employment across Europe. All speakers noted that a robust European legislative and financial framework (e.g. CEF blending) will need to be established to allow hydrogen mobility technology to be rapidly scaled across Europe in the coming years so it can fulfil its potential.
The event was a partnership between the European Commission’s Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), Hydrogen Europe and the EU’s flagship projects demonstrating hydrogen road transport applications: H2ME & H2ME 2 (passenger cars and light commercial vehicles), JIVE & JIVE 2 (buses), ZEFER (passenger cars in commercial use) and H2Haul (trucks). Speakers specifically highlighted the instrumental role that the FCH JU has played in kickstarting hydrogen mobility in Europe and the importance of securing a sufficient amount of funding in the next research and innovation partnership.
On fuel cell buses, the number of cities deploying these zero-emission buses for future transport was shown to be growing substantially thanks to the JIVE and JIVE 2 projects, the projects alone deploying nearly 300 buses. Thanks to joint procurements and economies of scale, JIVE and JIVE 2 have further seen a growing number of European bus manufacturers offering fuel cell models at more competitive prices, thus showing an increasing industry competitiveness. These projects represent also a practical example of the use of different EU funding streams, as the hydrogen infrastructure in some locations is co-funded via CEF (via the MEHRLIN project). Access to joint funding streams and synergies between different funding and financial instruments was stressed as an important tool to accelerate hydrogen mobility uptake.
Progress was also identified regarding heavy-duty trucks. With EU carbon targets requiring a 15% reduction for this sector by 2025 and at least a 30% reduction by 2030, suppliers are pushing to develop zero-emission alternatives. The H2Haul project has been established as a first step in this direction with European suppliers deploying fuel cell trucks in four locations across Europe. Speakers noted that the expansion of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure inappropriate locations is crucial to facilitate the decarbonisation of heavy-duty transport, and the importance of linking the European TEN-E and TEN-T corridors was highlighted by different speakers. Calls were made for ambitious targets on hydrogen refuelling infrastructure deployment to be included in the upcoming revision of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive (AFID) as well as reviewing and linking the important TEN-T and TEN-E corridors.
The importance of highly utilised hydrogen refuelling stations to the uptake of hydrogen passenger vehicles is something that has been brought into sharp relief by the H2ME project. Both the H2ME and ZEFER projects have demonstrated competitive business cases through the deployment of clusters of ‘captive fleet’ fuel cell vehicles (e.g. taxis) with high mileage. The H2ME recommendation for European, national, regional and local incentives to create a level playing field – in a technology-neutral approach – for the deployment of hydrogen mobility technology was ultimately shared by the roundtable speakers as they concluded their arguments.
Thanks are extended to the speakers that came together to facilitate such a constructive dialogue: MEP Marian-Jean Marinescu, Mr Bart Biebuyck (Director of the FCH JU), Mr Herald Ruijters (Director in DG MOVE, European Commission), MEP Christophe Grudler, Mr Adam Mutwil (Head of division, electromobility, charging and hydrogen infrastructure, German Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure), MEP Ismail Ertug, Mr Lorenz Jung (Chief Project Officer, H2Mobility Deutschland), Ms Lisa Ruf (Senior Principal Consultant, Element Energy), Mr Patrick Cnubben (Manager, New Energy Coalition), and Mr Marco Liccardo (Head of Trucks Global Product Line, CNH Industrial/IVECO) as well as to Mr Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Secretary General of Hydrogen Europe, who moderated the event
The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is a Public-Private Partnership in which the European industry, research, academia (represented by Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe Research) and the EU (represented by the European Commission) work together to accelerate the deployment of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies. The FCH JU supports a wide range of projects, which help to put the EU at the forefront of research and innovation, bring the benefits of the technology to the citizens and enhance industry competitiveness.
Posted in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, Project Management
November 24, 2020
Low carbon energy consultancy Element Energy is to lead a consortium of energy industry stalwarts to deliver new on-street electric vehicle charging infrastructure, enabled by smart meters to integrate seamlessly with the existing electricity network. The consortium includes charge point start-up Trojan Energy, renewable electricity provider Octopus Energy, and Landis+Gyr, a leading global provider of integrated energy management solutions.
As part of its Beyond Off Street programme, the UK Government’s Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) recently awarded £856,000 funding through its Energy Innovation Programme to the Smart Subsurface Technology for Electric Pathways (SmartSTEP) project. SmartSTEP aims to incorporate smart functionality to the innovative on-street charge points being developed by Trojan Energy.
Whilst smart charging is already in use for home charging and at dedicated public EV charging bays, SmartSTEP will be the first demonstration of smart charging in shared parking spaces on residential streets. This trial will involve charge points slotted into the pavement which will provide access to charging for those that do not have driveways or garages.
The project is split into two Phases: Phase One involves the design, development and testing of the system. In this phase, already underway, Trojan Energy are working alongside Landis+Gyr and Octopus Energy to develop an effective smart charging system. Using the latest technology pioneered by Landis+Gyr as the major supplier in the national smart meter roll out, the charging system will benefit from the most advanced SMETS2 functionalities.
Should Phase 1 be successful, in Phase Two the smart charging system will be trialled. SmartSTEP builds on the STEP project (funded by OLEV) which will see 200 of Trojan’s charge points deployed on streets in the London Boroughs of Brent and Camden from spring 2021. SmartSTEP will involve upgrading 100 of these devices with Landis+Gyr’s SMETS2 smart meters. A crucial aspect of the project will be determining the user experience for customers during the trial – an area where Element Energy’s sectoral expertise will provide significant value.
Sarah Clements, Project Manager from Element Energy commented:
“Smart charging is a vital enabler of the EV transition, allowing the fine balancing of both customer needs and electricity network constraints. Whilst already available for drivers who charge at home, smart charging has never been tested in an on-street context before. This is essential for ensuring low cost charging is available to all, and we are proud to be managing this industry first project that will help deliver Great Britain’s interconnected electricity and transport system.”
For the full press release, please click here.
For more information on the project please contact Sarah Clements, the project manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted in Transport
November 17, 2020
The Royal Borough of Greenwich in South-East London has published a draft of its ambitious Carbon Neutral Plan, which sets out the Council’s strategy to respond to the climate crisis. The Carbon Neutral Plan sets out actions the Council will take between 2021 and 2030 to cut green-house gas emissions from all sectors of the economy, including:
- Making council-owned homes, offices and other buildings fossil-fuel free and more energy efficient
- Reducing car use in the borough by 45% by 2030 and transitioning the council’s fleet of vehicles to be 100% zero emissions
Element Energy have assisted the borough in developing and writing their strategy throughout the process. An initial Element Energy Evidence Base report, published in January 2020, used bespoke regional emissions modelling to establish a baseline for emissions and assess the potential impacts of mitigation options to produce a list of high priority actions for immediate consideration. These actions were then refined through cost-benefit analysis, business case development and consultation with council officers and other stakeholders to develop the new strategy.
Feedback from residents and other local stakeholders will be sought in a public consultation opening in December before a final version of the plan is adopted by the Council.
For further information contact Alistair Duffey or Sam Foster.
Posted in Buildings, Policy and strategy, Transport
August 12, 2020
World-first technology that could unlock electric vehicle charging for people without driveways or garages is being trialed across London.
Startup company Trojan Energy is installing 200 of its chargers across Brent and Camden. Each charge point is slotted into the ground with a flat and flush connection. The technology has no permanent footprint or street clutter as the hardware is only visible when a vehicle is charging.
The Subsurface Technology for Electric Pathways (STEP) project has been awarded £3m in co-funding by Innovate UK. If successful it will enable entire streets to be filled with the charge points so that no matter where a driver parks, they will be able to charge their EV.
The technology consists of 2 parts – a charge point slotted into the ground, and a ‘lance’ which is inserted into the charge point in order to charge. The charger can provide charge rates from 2kW to 22kW, and up to 18 chargers can run in parallel from one electricity network connection. This will in turn create opportunities for electric vehicle owners to use spare capacity in their batteries to provide services to electricity network operators which could make the cost of owning and running EVs cheaper.
The trial will be located in the London boroughs of Brent and Camden, both of which are at the forefront of the EV transition in the UK. Both boroughs have rapidly growing EV usage, encouraged by council policy determined to drive down air pollution in their neighbourhoods.
Element Energy will be leading the project using their sectoral and project management expertise, to achieve the best commercial and environmental return for investment.
Celine Cluzel, Element Energy Director, said “STEP is trialling a solution to what is often the Achilles’ heel of charging infrastructure: scalability. The project is also conducting research on consumer and wider street users’ preference – a typical gap in research so far. These facts, combined with the excellent team brought together, make us confident that the trial will be a significant step forward for the uptake of electric vehicles.”
Other members of the consortium include UK Power Networks, Birmingham City Council and the University of Leeds. Award winning renewable electricity supplier Octopus Energy will also be recruiting their customers for the trial and providing expertise in backend billing which will be invaluable to EV owners.
For the full press release, please click here.
For more information on the project, please contact Sarah Clements at email@example.com.
Posted in Transport
July 15, 2020
The H2Haul (Hydrogen Fuel Cell Trucks for Heavy Duty Zero Emissions Logistics) project, co-financed by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), is pleased to welcome Bosch to the consortium.
Bosch brings significant experience to the H2Haul project. The leading automotive component manufacturer will work alongside FPT Industrial, with the support of their collaboration partner PowerCell Sweden AB, on the heart of the hydrogen powertrain for all IVECO trucks in the project: the fuel cell power module.
The introduction of Bosch into the H2Haul project is a strong signal that the European industry is positioning itself as a vital part of the Green Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a key step towards fostering Europe’s industrial competitiveness in the heavy-duty transport sector as global decarbonisation efforts accelerate.
The announcement of Bosch’s participation in H2Haul comes after a historic day for the hydrogen sector: On 8 July, the European Commission’s unveiled the Communication: ‘A hydrogen strategy for a climate-neutral Europe‘ and launched the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance. The Communication foresees a significant role for hydrogen in decarbonising heavy-duty transport in Europe, which is in line with industry commitments.
Fuel cell trucks are already beginning to operate on Europe’s road network while a growing number of OEMs and hydrogen infrastructure providers are positioning themselves in the heavy-duty market. H2Haul will play a vital role in accelerating the development of zero-emission European trucks that can directly replace diesel vehicles, offering the same driving range and load capacity to their operators.
Dr Uwe Gackstatter, president of the Bosch Powertrain Solutions division, said ‘Fuel cells will play an important role to reduce CO2 emissions in future mobility, for example, in long-distance use cases of heavy commercial vehicles. We are happy to join H2Haul because the joint expertise of all partners drives the hydrogen technology forward and demonstrates feasibility in operative use’.
Michael Dolman, Associate Director of Element Energy, stated ‘It is encouraging to see one of Europe’s leading automotive component manufacturers embracing fuel cells for heavy-duty vehicles. We’re delighted to welcome Bosch to the H2Haul project and look forward to a productive collaboration that will accelerate the deployment of zero-emission trucks in Europe’.
Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, said ‘A steep decarbonisation of the transport sector, including trucks, will be vital for the realisation of the Green Deal vision. Today we welcome another European technology leader in the H2haul project. We are excited to witness this strong consortium working together to ensure that fuel cells and hydrogen solutions “made in the EU” will play a central role in meeting the challenge’.
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, BMW, Bosch, Element Energy Limited, ElringKlinger, Eoly, FPT Industrial, H2 Energy, Hydrogen Europe, IRU Projects, IVECO, Powercell Sweden, Sphera, VDL Enabling Transport Solutions, WaterstofNet. The trucks will be operated by a German logistics company (for BMW Group logistics), Blondel, Chabas, Coop, Colruyt Group, Carrefour, ID Logistics Malherbe and Perrenot.
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. It aims 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.
About Element Energy
Element Energy Limited is a leading low carbon energy consultancy that provides services across a wide range of sectors including 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.
Posted in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, Project Management
May 19, 2020
Element Energy is excited to be part of C4U, a Horizon 2020 funded program addressing the requirements for optimal integration of advanced carbon capture technologies in the iron and steel industry. Element Energy will be leading the Long Term Business Models work package, advising on policy and business models for the project’s successful incorporation into the North Sea Port CCUS cluster.
For further information, please contact Emrah Durusut.
Posted in CCUS & Industrial Decarbonisation
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