EDF launches subsidiary Hynamics to produce and to market low-carbon hydrogen

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France-based global energy generator EDF has launched Hynamics , a new subsidiary for the Group that will be responsible for offering effective low-carbon hydrogen for industry and mobility. EDF’s ambition is to become a key player in the hydrogen sector in France and around the world.

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Study shows a much cheaper catalyst can generate hydrogen in a commercial electrolyzer

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have shown for the first time that a low-cost, non-precious metal cobalt phosphide (CoP) catalyst catalyst can split water and generate hydrogen gas for hours on end in the harsh environment of a commercial device. Electrolysis works much like a battery in reverse: Rather than generating electricity, it uses electrical current to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.

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Air Liquide takes 18.6% stake in Hydrogenics; “strategic investment” in carbon-free hydrogen

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stake in the capital of Canada-based Hydrogenics Corporation , a leader in electrolytic hydrogen production equipment and fuel cells. million, reaffirms its long-term commitment to the hydrogen energy markets and its ambition to be a major player in the supply of carbon-free hydrogen, particularly for industry and mobility markets. Water electrolysis is one of the key technologies to accelerate the emergence of hydrogen as a sustainable energy carrier.

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Ontario researchers develop new water plasmolysis method for production of hydrogen

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Researchers at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology are developing a new method to dissociate water vapor into hydrogen gas by microwave-generated plasma (plasmolysis). The generation of pure hydrogen gas requires a great deal of energy. Hydrogen Hydrogen Production

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Occidental Petroleum and Chevron invest in direct air carbon capture and synthetic fuels company Carbon Engineering

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Canada-based Carbon Engineering Ltd. (CE) CE) has received equity investment from two global energy companies: Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, LLC (OLCV), a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corporation; and Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV), the venture capital arm of Chevron Corporation.

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Toyota and partners launch low-carbon hydrogen supply-chain project in Japan

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In Japan, Aichi Prefecture, Chita City, Toyota City, Chubu Electric Power, Toho Gas, Toyota Motor Corporation, and Toyota Industries have launched the Chita City and Toyota City Renewable Energy-use Low-carbon Hydrogen Project.

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Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility and Hydrospider partner to promote green hydrogen ecosystem; Hyundai H2 Xcient fuel cell electric truck

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Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility (HHM), the joint venture between Hyundai Motor Company and H2 Energy, is partnering with Hydrospider, a joint venture of H2Energy, Alpiq and Linde to promote green hydrogen ecosystem in Switzerland and European countries in the upcoming future.

2019 122

Researchers develop large-scale, economical method to extract hydrogen from oil sands and oil fields

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Canadian researchers have developed a large-scale economical method to extract hydrogen from oil sands (natural bitumen) and oil fields. This can be used to power hydrogen-powered vehicles, which are already marketed in some countries, as well as to generate electricity.

Toyota to build prototype city of the future, powered by hydrogen fuel cells

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Called the Woven City , it will be a fully connected ecosystem powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The city is planned to be fully sustainable, with buildings made mostly of wood to minimize the carbon footprint, using traditional Japanese wood joinery, combined with robotic production methods.

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Shell launches commercial operation of Quest carbon capture and storage in Alberta oil sands

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Shell marked the official opening of the Quest carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Alberta, Canada, and the start of commercial operations there. The CO 2 is a byproduct of the production of hydrogen, which is used to upgrade the bitumen.

Air Liquide selects Hydrogenics for 20MW electrolyzer for hydrogen production; largest PEM electrolyzer in world

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Air Liquide will build in Canada the largest PEM (Proton-Exchange Membrane) electrolyzer in the world with a 20 megawatts (MW) capacity for the production of low-carbon hydrogen (the facility will use hydropower). Air Liquide will install a 20 MW electrolyzer that increases by 50% the current capacity of its hydrogen facility located in Bécancour, Québec. Hydrogen Hydrogen Production

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Singapore’s HES unveils plans for regional hydrogen-electric passenger aircraft: Element One

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After 12 years developing hydrogen propulsion systems for small unmanned aircraft ( earlier post ), HES Energy Systems is unveiled its plans for Element One, the first regional hydrogen-electric passenger aircraft. Aviation Fuel Cells Hydrogen

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DOE reports progress on development of low-carbon and renewable sources of hydrogen production

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The objective of the Hydrogen Production sub-program is to reduce the cost of hydrogen dispensed at the pump to a cost that is competitive on a cents-per-mile basis with competing vehicle technologies. Based on current analysis, this translates to a hydrogen threshold cost of.

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Sandia-led team designs feasible hydrogen fuel-cell coastal research vessel; implications for large hydrogen-fueled vessels

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Sandia National Laboratories partnered with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the naval architect firm Glosten and the class society DNV GL to assess the technical, regulatory and economic feasibility of a hydrogen fuel-cell coastal research vessel. Fuel Cells Hydrogen Ports and Marin

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SoCalGas introduces STARS solar hydrogen generation system at California Air Resources Board Symposium

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SoCalGas) introduced an innovative new solar-powered hydrogen generation system during the California Air Resources Board Technology Expo and Symposium at the University of California, Riverside. The generation system uses sunlight to convert natural gas and water into hydrogen and capture the carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) to prevent carbon emissions. These chemicals trap and use the carbon that would otherwise be emitted. Southern California Gas Co.

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Germany’s BMVI awarding €23.5M to hydrogen mobility projects

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million to a set of hydrogen mobility projects ranging from forklift trucks to equipping a ride-pooling fleet to the development of a hydrogen bus and a fuel-cell-powered street sweeper. Hydrogen, fuel cells and electricity move the future. Fuel Cells Heavy-duty Hydrogen

2019 78

Researchers propose using AC and ventilation systems for decentralized production of carbon-neutral synthetic fuels

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In case of combustion for mobility or power generation, in this scenario the CO 2 emitted is again captured, finally allowing for a closed, net zero carbon cycle, thus, enabling a circular CO 2 economy based on hundreds, thousands, and ultimately millions of modular plants.

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ULEMCo and Revolve demonstrate 45% thermal efficiency for 100% hydrogen engine

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ULEMCo and its R&D partner Revolve Technologies have demonstrated thermal efficiencies of 45% in engine control strategies for a 100% hydrogen-fueled engine being developed for the Mega Low Emissions (MLE) truck demonstrator unveiled earlier this year. Engines Heavy-duty Hydrogen

2018 123

ARENA announces $1.5M to fund green hydrogen innovation hub in Western Australia; ATCO hydrogen microgrid

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million toward the funding of Australia’s first green hydrogen innovation hub at Jandakot in Western Australia. The development project will evaluate the potential for renewable hydrogen to be generated, stored and used at a larger scale.

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ARENA announces $1.5M to fund green hydrogen innovation hub in Western Australia; ATCO hydrogen microgrid

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million toward the funding of Australia’s first green hydrogen innovation hub at Jandakot in Western Australia. The development project will evaluate the potential for renewable hydrogen to be generated, stored and used at a larger scale.

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Ballard fuel cell modules to power 64t B-train tractor-trailers in Canadian hydrogen project AZETEC

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These modules will utilize Ballard’s liquid-cooled LCS technology, planned for commercial availability in 2019. —Rob Campbell, Ballard Chief Commercial Officer. Fuel Cells Heavy-duty Hydrogen

2019 130

UCSC team develops novel ruthenium catalyst that outperforms platinum in alkaline hydrogen production

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A novel ruthenium-based catalyst developed by researchers at UC Santa Cruz (UCSC) has shown markedly better performance than commercial platinum catalysts in alkaline water electrolysis for hydrogen production. Catalysts Hydrogen Hydrogen Production

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SAE World Congress panel highlights progress on H2 infrastructure and fuel cell vehicle commercialization

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Although the SAE World Congress has been running panel sessions on fuel cell vehicle commercialization since 2005, this year was the first in which three participating automakers—Toyota, Hyundai and Honda—had fuel cell vehicles that customers can buy now or within a year.

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ETH Zurich: carbon-neutral fuel made from sunlight and air

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This mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide can then be processed into liquid hydrocarbon fuels through conventional methanol or Fischer–Tropsch synthesis. Carbon-neutral fuels are crucial for making aviation and maritime transport sustainable.

2019 109

13 global companies launch Hydrogen Council in Davos; promoting hydrogen to help meet climate goals

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Thirteen leading energy, transport and industry companies have launched a global initiative in Davos to voice a united vision and long-term ambition for hydrogen to foster the energy transition. The members of the Hydrogen Council collectively represent total revenues of €1.07

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Hyundai Motor Company and Cummins to collaborate on hydrogen fuel cell technology

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have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) jointly to evaluate opportunities to develop and commercialize electric and fuel cell powertrains. The initial development will be focused on the North American commercial vehicle market, including working with North American OEMs on the integration of these systems into their vehicles. Fuel cell back-up power generation is attractive for its reduced carbon footprint. Fuel Cells Hydrogen Vehicle Manufacturers

2019 78

MAHLE developing portfolio of solutions for fuel cell drives in commercial vehicles

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MAHLE is developing a modular fuel cell systems portfolio focused on commercial vehicles, based on its current range of components. New opportunities are opening up for heavy-duty commercial vehicles. Fuel Cells Hydrogen

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Toyota moves to expand mass-production of fuel cell stacks and hydrogen tanks towards ten-fold increase post-2020

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To prepare for this growth, the company unveiled plans for two major new facilities: a brand-new building near its original automobile factory for expanding fuel cell (FC) stack mass production, and a new line in an existing plant to manufacture high-pressure hydrogen tanks.

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SoCalGas, partners developing technology to make carbon fiber during hydrogen production from methane; reducing the cost of H2 and cutting GHG

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SoCalGas) is partnering with a development team to advance a new process that converts natural gas to hydrogen, carbon fiber, and carbon nanotubes. In addition, this technology will virtually eliminate CO 2 emissions from the methane-to-hydrogen process. The technology commercialization team includes SoCalGas, C4, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and West Virginia University (WVU). Emissions Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Materials Natural Gas

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Ballard participating in H2PORTS project to demo hydrogen as alternative fuel in European ports; FCmove-HD

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Ballard Power Systems is participating in the H2PORTS project, which is aimed at facilitating a rapid transition at European ports from fossil fuels to low-carbon, zero-emission alternatives based on hydrogen and fuel cells. The project will test and validate hydrogen technologies for port machinery in order to achieve solutions that produce zero local emissions, without affecting the performance and safety of port operations. Europe Fuel Cells Hydrogen Ports and Marine

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Western Hydrogen produces first hydrogen from Molten Salt Gasification pilot plant

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Western Hydrogen Limited reported first production of hydrogen from its Molten Salt Gasification (MSG) pilot plant in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. The MSG process occurs in a single high-pressure reactor in which a carbon-based feedstock and water react with a molten salt bath.

TNO joins H2-Share project to build and demo 27t hydrogen fuel cell truck and mobile refueler

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The project aims to build and demonstrate a 27-ton rigid hydrogen fuel cell truck along with a mobile refueler. H2-Share stands for Hydrogen Solutions for Heavy-duty transport Aimed at Reduction of Emissions in North West Europe. Fuel Cells Heavy-duty Hydrogen

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Rice team demonstrates more efficient photocatalyst for converting ammonia to hydrogen

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Rice University nanoscientists have demonstrated a new catalyst that can convert ammonia into hydrogen fuel at ambient pressure using only light energy, mainly due to a plasmonic effect that makes the catalyst more efficient. Ammonia Catalysts Hydrogen Production

2018 123

Mattershift scales up CNT membranes; potential for zero-carbon fuels for less than fossil

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Startup Mattershift says it has achieved a breakthrough in making carbon nanotube (CNT) membranes at large scale. Achieving large scale production of carbon nanotube membranes is a breakthrough in the membrane field. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Nanotech Solar fuels

2018 95

Anellotech Bio-TCat hits commercially-targeted yields during 6 months of continuous operations

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Anellotech ’s Bio-TCat technology has achieved commercially-targeted yields in its TCat-8 pilot unit in Silsbee, Texas during six months of continuous process operations. Cellulosic ethanol or hydrogen can be made from Bio-TCat’s carbon monoxide co-product by using third-party technology.

2019 96

Nel ASA to supply 2MW PEM electrolyzer in Switzerland; 30 MW framework contract for Hyundai hydrogen trucks

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In Switzerland, Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser, a division of Nel ASA, has received a purchase order for a 2 megawatt (MW) containerized Proton PEM electrolyzer, as part of a 30 MW framework agreement with Hydrospider AG, an affiliated company of H2 Energy. The electrolyzer will be used to produce green hydrogen for heavy-duty hydrogen trucks from Hyundai Motor Company, which will begin operation in Switzerland during late 2019. Fuel Cells Hydrogen Hydrogen Production

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Oita team develops new process for producing hydrogen from ammonia without external heat source

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Researchers at Oita University in Japan have developed an innovative process for the production of hydrogen from ammonia without the need for an external heat source to initiate or maintain the reaction. Ammonia Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Hydrogen Storage

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Hyundai Motor, H2 Energy JV to spearhead hydrogen mobility in Europe; 1,600 fuel cell heavy-duty trucks to the JV through 2025

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Hyundai Motor Company and H2 Energy AG have signed a contract for a joint venture—Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility—aimed at taking a lead across Europe’s burgeoning hydrogen mobility ecosystem. To begin the joint venture’s operations, Hyundai Motor will deliver 1,600 fuel cell electric heavy-duty trucks to Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility from 2019 through 2025. —n Cheol Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Commercial Vehicle Division at Hyundai Motor.

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Aberdeen takes delivery of first 4 of 10 hydrogen buses

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The Aberdeen (Scotland) city council has taken delivery of four of the 10 hydrogen buses ordered from Belgian firm Van Hool and to be operated by FirstGroup and Stagecoach as part of the Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project. Drawing of one of the hydrogen buses.

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UC Santa Barbara team develops catalytic molten metals for direct conversion of methane to hydrogen without forming CO2

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Researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara have developed catalytic molten metals to pyrolize methane to release hydrogen and to form solid carbon. This method also avoids carbon formation on steam-reforming catalysts, which usually deactivates the catalysts.

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DOE reports progress on development of hydrogen storage technologies

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The DOE Hydrogen Storage sub-program has developed a dual strategy. For the near-term, the focus is on improving performance and lowering the cost of high-pressure compressed hydrogen storage systems. By 2020, the sub-program has the following targets for automotive hydrogen systems: 1.8

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DLR team integrates solar heat into solid oxide electrolyzer for highly efficient hydrogen production

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Experimental setup of the solar heated solid oxide electrolyzer system for hydrogen production. Water electrolysis is considered as a promising pathway for the production of sustainable hydrogen to be used as such an energy carrier. Hydrogen Production Solar Solar fuels

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UCSC team develops high-performance nanostructured composite catalyst for water-splitting to produce hydrogen

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A low-cost, nanostructured composite material developed by researchers at UC Santa Cruz has shown performance comparable to Pt/C as a catalyst for the electrochemical splitting of water to produce hydrogen. Catalysts Hydrogen Production Nanotech

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