The production of hydrogen is now recognized as an emerging market right around the globe. Many diverse electrolyzer manufacturers are experiencing unprecedented demand. A great many new players are jumping on the bandwagon and increasing numbers of conventional energy suppliers are pivoting from traditional power sources to renewable energies and embedding hydrogen in their portfolios. So what is the current situation vis-a-vis electrolyzers and what can we expect in the future? This article seeks to shine a light on these and other questions by providing a general – though not necessarily exhaustive – roundup of recent developments.
Hydrogen production on the French Atlantic coast
French company Lhyfe has plans to establish large-scale hydrogen production at sea. That’s where the greatest potential lies, it believes. It’s an ambition that could be helped by the legacy pipes and connections from old oil and gas fields. The goal is to have a test facility up and running just off the French Atlantic coast by late summer 2022.
Industrial trade fair with H2 focus
The trade fair company Deutsche Messe AG appears confident that in 2022 it will be holding an in-person Hannover Messe once again. The organization made clear already in fall 2021 that hydrogen will play a central role in the industrial trade show of 2022, taking place April 25th to 29th. Deutsche Messe together with Hydrogen + Fuel Cells Europe is holding a networking event centered around hydrogen (see photo) in November at the Landesvertretung Niedersachsen in Berlin. It will be followed soon after by the traditional press conference, this time with Ove Petersen, CEO of GP Joule, which explicitly indicates the future importance of hydrogen.
The role of ammonia in tomorrow’s energy industry
While hydrogen is indeed a versatile energy carrier, the transportation of large quantities over long distances remains a challenge. One solution could be green ammonia as it can be conveyed and stored in a more manageable way than hydrogen.
Interview with H2Cloud founder Dr Peter Rügge
A sustainable hydrogen world requires not only a comprehensive expansion of infrastructures, but also a functioning market. With H2Cloud, the Managementberatung think utilities AG & Co. KG wants to position a platform for OTC trading (over-the-counter trading, also direct trading or telephone trading) of hydrogen products. Dr Peter Rügge, founder of H2Cloud and managing director of think utilities, explains the background and analyses the market environment.
Novel compression concept for hydrogen refueling stations based on metal hydrides
Gas compression is a key process for transporting, distributing, storing and dispensing hydrogen. It accounts for a relevant share of costs and energy consumption in most hydrogen supply chains from initial hydrogen sourcing to final hydrogen use. Today, various compression technologies are applied, depending on use cases, flow rates, and input and output pressure levels.
Professional driving – with hydrogen
Kurt-Christoph von Knobelsdorff
The debate about the future use of hydrogen is in full swing. At the moment, many different opinions are clashing; after all, the energy industry is also about re-sorting the balance of power. Sometimes, however, it is almost frightening to observe the fierce battles that are being fought, especially in the social media.
Carbon neutrality can’t be achieved without hydrogen
Interview with Rainer Baake, director of the Climate Neutrality Foundation
For years, Rainer Baake was seen as one of the staunchest skeptics of hydrogen and fuel cell technology. During his tenure as state secretary at the German economy and energy ministry (2014 to 2018) and the environment ministry (1998 to 2005) he acquired a reputation for blocking hydrogen schemes – with some projects getting as far as his desk but not much further. However, for the past few months he’s been sending out rather different signals, especially since his appointment as director of the Climate Neutrality Foundation in July 2020. H2-international has taken this opportunity to talk to him about the foundation’s recently published hydrogen study and about his new approach – which, he argues, isn’t really that new.
H2 pipeline for eastern Germany
The transmission system operators Gascade Gastransport GmbH and Ontras Gastransport GmbH are planning to set up an eastern German hydrogen hub with doing hydrogen. Within this framework, H2 production, transport, storage and consumption in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Brandenburg, Berlin, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt are to be bundled. A regional H2 pipeline network is to be installed for … Read more
NOW Network Atlas
The Nationale Organisation für Wasserstoff- und Brennstoffzellentechnologie (NOW) GmbH has produced a new overview: During the Supplier Marketplace on 18 August 2021, the Berlin agency presented the “Atlas of Hydrogen Networks in Germany”, which is intended to support both regional and nationwide searches for potential partners.