The August edition of our “Top 5 Hydrogen News” is about hydrogen generation projects and applications for steel making, public transportation as well as fueling station and refinery applications. It features SSAB, LKAB, Vattenfall, EDF, Holcim, OGE, Ørsted, Raffinerie Heide, Stadtwerke Heide, Thüga, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions, Cummins, Douglas County Public Utility District, Hydrogenics, Siemens Energy, Beijing Green Hydrogen Technology Development Co., Regionalverkehr Köln, Linde, Framatome, AREVA, and Van Hool.
Sweden: Fossil-free steel pilot plant begins operations
The so-called HYBRIT project’s objective is to demonstrate CO2 emission reductions in the steel industry by replacing coal with hydrogen in the steelmaking process by 2035. For this project, SSAB
(steel making), LKAB (mining) and Vattenfall (energy) joined forces. In August, the first pilot plant was commissioned. Once fully scaled up, the HYBRIT project could reduce Sweden’s CO2
emissions by 10% and Finland’s by 7%, respectively.
Germany: EDF, Ørsted, and partners secure funding for renewable hydrogen project WESTKÜSTE 100
The partners of the WESTKÜSTE 100 project received funding confirmation from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy as the first large-scale hydrogen project in Germany within the Reallabor (real-world laboratory) framework. A total of ten partners have joined forces to form the consortium: EDF Germany, Holcim Germany, OGE, Ørsted, Raffinerie Heide, Stadtwerke Heide, Thüga and thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions, together with the Region Heide Development Agency and the Fachhochschule Westküste (West Coast University of Applied Sciences). The project has a total budget of EUR 89 million. The approved funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economíc Affairs and Energy amounts to EUR 30 million. The purpose of the Westküste 100 project is to make industrial processes, aviation, construction and heating more sustainable in the future.
USA: Cummins provides largest electrolyzer for public utility in U.S.
Cummins will provide the utility Douglas County Public Utility District with a 5-MW proton exchange membrane electrolyzer at a facility where the district plans to harvest and manufacture hydrogen from water from Wells Dam on the Columbia River. The facility is expected to be operational in 2021. Cummins accelerated its entry into the hydrogen markets with the acquisition of Hydrogenics in September 2019.
China: Beijing Green Hydrogen Technology Development and Siemens Energy sign agreement for a megawatt green hydrogen production project
Siemens Energy and Beijing Green Hydrogen Technology Development Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of China Power International Development Ltd. (China Power), signed an agreement on providing a hydrogen production system for a hydrogen fueling station. Located in Yanqing District, Beijing, one of the three main competition areas for a major sporting event in 2022, the green hydrogen production solution provided by Siemens Energy will help guarantee the hydrogen supply for the public transportation during and after the event. The megawatt green hydrogen production solution is the first of its kind to be built by Siemens Energy in China. The project is expected to be delivered in May 2021.
Germany: RVK inaugurates Europe’s largest fuel cell hybrid bus fleet
Regionalverkehr Köln GmbH (RVK) from Cologne presented a bus fleet of 35 fuel cell hybrid buses and two hydrogen refuelling stations to the public. The filling stations in Meckenheim (Framatome consortium - formerly AREVA) and in Wermelskirchen (Linde GmbH) will go into operation in 2020 along with a total of 35 A330 FC buses (Van Hool) for the RVK bus fleet.
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