The projects will be funded through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO). The projects will feature collaborations with EERE's Advanced Manufacturing Office on manufacturing reliable and affordable electrolyzers and with EERE's Vehicle Technologies Office on developing low-cost carbon fiber for hydrogen storage tanks. Other areas of focus include identifying durable and cost-effective fuel cell systems and components for medium- and heavy-duty trucks.
The funding will also spur demonstrations of large-scale hydrogen utilization at ports and data centers and across industrial sectors like steel making, and help build a comprehensive training program for a robust hydrogen and fuel cells workforce in the U.S.
(Source: US DOE, PR, July 20, 2020) Contact: US DOE , H2@Scale, www.energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/h2scale
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Over the next four years, the RINNO project will develop new ways to increase a building's energy efficiency, environmental performance and occupant satisfaction. The project will investigate novel technologies, processing and business models, and develop solutions to enable the construction industry to make significant improvements to energy inefficient buildings around Europe.
Northumbria University researchers will join experts from Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland and Spain to investigate new building systems, the use of robots and 'cobots' for building assembly, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and Blockchain-enabled crowd equity funding to improve current processes relating to building renovation. Northumbria will also develop state-of-the-art energy monitoring software systems and use its Smart Connected Homes tool which shows how residents use electricity, light and move around their homes, as well as internal room temperatures and levels of humidity. The Northumbria team will also develop a project collaboration platform that will integrate the actors and workflows involved in the deep renovation of buildings.
The RINNO project is funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme.
The solutions developed by RINNO will be demonstrated in four real-life renovation projects in France, Denmark, Greece and Poland.
(Source: Northumbria University, PR, pbctoday, 10 July, 2020)
Contact: RINNO Project , +39 010 3196643,
www. rinno-h2020.eu; Northumbria University, www.northumbria.ac.uk
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ITM Power manufactures integrated hydrogen energy solutions for grid balancing, energy storage and the production of renewable hydrogen for transport, renewable heat and chemicals. (Source: ITM Power, Website, Green Car Congress, June, 2020) Contact: ITM Power, +44 (0)114 244 5111, www.itm-power.com
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FH2R uses a 20MW solar array, backed up by renewable power from the grid, to run a 10MW electrolyser to produce up to 100kg of hydrogen an hour.
The project will be used as a test bed for mass production of green H2, with initial output directed to fuel hydrogen cars and buses in Japan, according to a release. (Source: Toshiba, Various Media, Recharge, 9 Mar., 2020) Contact: Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field, www.jaif.or.jp/en/videos/fukushima-hydrogen-energy-research-field-%EF%BC%88fh2r%EF%BC%89/; NEDOO, www.nedo.go.jp/english
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The GHC aims to facilitate policies and practices that advance green hydrogen production and its use in all sectors where it will accelerate a carbon free energy future.
GHC founders and supporters include: Intersect Power, 8minute Solar Energy, SoCalGas and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), according to its website.
(Source: Green Hydrogen Coalition, H2View, 28 Jan., 2020) Contact: Green Hydrogen Coalition, email@example.com, www.ghcoalition.org
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GTI focuses its R&D efforts on the generation of clean hydrogen using hydrocarbon fuels that incorporate carbon capture and/or carbon sequestration CCS) in a cost-effective manner. These technology efforts are directed at both large-scale hydrogen production using natural gas feedstock, and smaller distributed hydrogen production for transportation or remote power generation using either gaseous or liquid hydrocarbon fuels, according to the release.
Additionally, GTI is partnered with private industry to develop, evaluate, and demonstrate technologies that further the use of hydrogen (H2) as a transportation fuel by delivering infrastructure, vehicle, engine, fuel dispensing, and system solutions for clean transportation fuel cell vehicles.
(Source: GTI, Green Car Congress, 26 Jan., 2020) Contact: GTI, 847-768-0500
847-768-0501 - fax, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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Funded through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), the three FOAs will be issued on behalf of the three transportation offices: Vehicle, Fuel Cells, and Bioenergy Technology Offices. Brief summaries of the FOAs follow:
The H2RES project will use power directly from Orsted's two Siemens Gamesa 3.6-MW offshore wind turbines at the Avedore Power Station to produce renewable hydrogen for road transportation fuel.
(Source: Orsted, Offshore Wind, 20 Dec., 2019) Contact: Orsted, Anders Nordstrom, VP Hydrogen, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com
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H2O Power, the third largest provider of hydroelectric power in Ontario, is a wholly owned private asset within PSP Investments which has never publicly disclosed the power company's value.
There are no plans for changes in reservoir management or operations, according to the statement.
(Source: TCorp, Investment Mag., Dec., 2019) Contact: TCorp , Stewart Brentnall, CIO, www.tcorp.nsw.gov.au; H2O Power,905.438.8539. 905.438.8226 - fac., www.h20power.com
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The new wind turbine, which was developed by CSIC Haizhuang Wind Power (HZ Windpower) a subsidiary of the Beijing-based state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, will be installed at wind farms in the coastal provinces of Fujian and Guangdong.
HZ Wind was established in 2004 and has $1.1 billion in assets and more than 1,000 employees globally.
The company has three business segments includes wind farm investment, turbine supply and O&M engineering service globally. The company owns an operating wind farm in Iowa (US), HZ Wind USA, Inc. based in Iowa, and an R&D center in Denmark, according to its website.
(Source: HZ Windpower, Xinhua, Nov., 2019) Contact: HZ Windpower, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/csic-haizhuang-wind-power, www.hzwindpower.com
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Toshiba ESS and PLN will evaluate viable technologies and policies necessary for an advanced adoption of the commercial H2One&trade -- an integrated system that uses a renewable energy source to electrolyze hydrogen from water, and stores and uses the hydrogen in fuel cells to provide a stable delivery of CO2-free, environmentally-friendly electricity and hot water.
According to Indonesia's Electricity Power Supply Business Plan (RUPTL), the country aims to increase the ratio of its capacity of renewal energy facility from 12.52 percent in 2017 to 23 pct by 2025.
(Source: Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation, Antara, 13 Oct., 2019) Contact: Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation. www.toshiba-energy.com; Perusahaan Listrik Negara, www.pln.co.id
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The center will focus on making improvements to the built environment through UNECE's Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings. It will work with global sustainability experts to identify and employ best practices for sustainable building design, construction and policy, and will conduct training programs for architects, engineers, planners and contractors on sustainable design and construction. The center will also provide technical and innovation assistance, and advocate for changes in local and state policies such as building codes, zoning incentives and energy regulations.
Pittsburgh is the second city in the world to participate in the program, following New York's Building Energy Exchange.
(Source: Green Building Alliance, Smart Cities, Pittsburgh2030 District, Contact: Pittsburgh2030 District, Jenna Cramer, Exec. Dir., email@example.com, www.2030districts.org/pittsburgh; Green Building Alliance, (412) 773-6000, www.go-gba.org
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Currently, most hydrogen production is derived from fossil fuel, and its production involves processes that emit carbon dioxide (CO2) -- which accelerates global warming. The main alternative so far is water electrolysis, where two electrodes -- anode and cathode -- are placed in alkaline or acid enriched water that increases conductivity. In response to passing an electrical current between the electrodes, the water molecules (H2O) are broken down into their chemical elements, such that hydrogen gas (H2) is produced near the cathode and oxygen (O2) is produced near the anode.
The energy efficiency of electrolysis is only about 75 pct and requires high electricity consumption. The new Technion E-TAC water splitting technology, improves hydrogen production efficiency to 98.7 pct and significantly reduces CO2 emissions.
Worldwide, about 65 million tpy of hydrogen is produced worth about $130 billion. (Source: Israel Institute of Technology, China.org.cn, Xinhua, 15 Sept., 2019) Contact: Israel Institute of Technology, www.technion.ac.il
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The new Brunsbuttel hydrogen fuel station is funded with €1,022,667 ($1,147,176 +-) from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) through the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP).
The town of Brunsbuttel also hosts the first plant in Schleswig-Holstein to feed green hydrogen into the natural gas grid. (Source: Wind2Gas Energy, Linde, Hydrogen Fuel News, 13 Aug., 2019) Contact: Wind2Gas Energy, Tim Brandt, Managing Director, +49 (0)4852 83 76 976,
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Electro-Active Technologies is developing a modular system that can be placed onsite or in a decentralized location to produce renewable hydrogen from organic waste. The system combines biology and electrochemistry to degrade organic waste such as biomass or food waste, to produce hydrogen which then combines the protons and electrons into hydrogen molecules.
The company originally developed their processes to tackle the problem of liquid waste formed during biofuel production; however, the company will now focus on fighting food waste, according to its website.
(Source: Electro-Active Technologies
Contact: Electro-Active Technologies, Alex Lewis, CEO, https://electroactive.tech/contact.html, www.electroactive.tech/index.html
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The U.S. produces over 10 million tonnes of hydrogen, nearly one-seventh of the global supply, primarily for oil refining and fertilizer production. Hydrogen infrastructure includes over 1,600 miles of hydrogen pipeline, a growing network of stations, and thousands of tons of storage in underground caverns. The hydrogen can be stored, distributed, and/or used as a fuel for transportation, stationary power, process or building heat, and industrial and manufacturing sectors.(Source: US DOE EERE Fuel Cell Technologies Office , PR, 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE Fuel Cell Technologies Office,
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The core of the new approach is a chemical catalyst based on indium oxide, which was developed by Javier Perez-Ramírez, Professor of Catalysis Engineering at ETH Zurich, and his team. The team of scientists have now succeeded in boosting the activity of the catalyst significantly, without affecting its selectivity or stability. They achieved this by treating the indium oxide with a small quantity of palladium.
The CO2 may be extracted from the atmosphere or—more simply and efficiently—from the exhaust discharged by combustion power plants. Even if fuels are synthesized from the methanol and subsequently combusted, the CO2 is recycled and thus the carbon cycle is closed.
Total now plans to scale up the approach and potentially implement the technology in a demonstration unit over the next few years. Methanol can be converted into fuels and a wide variety of chemical products, including those that today are mainly based on fossil resources. (Source: ETH Zurich, PR, Green Car Congress, 30 July, 2019) Contact: ETH Zurich, +41 44 632 03 52, www.up.ethz.ch
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Oberon plans to upgrade its existing DME pilot facility to demonstration scale to facilitate the first production of this renewable fuel. The company will test modified diesel trucks fueled with rDME, assess the feasibility of converting renewable methanol into rDME and developing associated fueling infrastructure, alongside commercial partners.
(Source: Oberon Fuels, Bioenergy Insight, 1 July, 2019) Contact: Oberon Fuels,
Rebecca Boudreaux, Pres., (619) 255-9361,
Fax - (619)756-6470,
California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
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The project aimed to demonstrate a new value chain combining Global Bioenergies bio-Isobutene process with technologies developed by Clariant and INEOS, two of Europe's leading chemical companies. OPTISOCHEM focuses on:
The BBI-JU, a public-private partnership between the EU and the Bio-Industries Consortium (BIC), is dedicated to realizing the European bio-economy potential, turning biological residues and wastes into greener everyday products through innovative technologies and bio-refineries expected to become the heart of the bio-economy.
(Source: Global BioEnergies, 7 Feb., 2019)Contact: Global Bioenergies, Marc Delcourt, CEO, +33 (0)1 64 98 20 50, www.global-bioenergies.com; INEOS, www.ineos.com; Clariant, Markus Rarbach, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111, www.clariant.com
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The partners plan to construct a 500-KW electrolyser in western Sydney as part of Project H2GO.
The facility will be able to generate enough hydrogen to power about 250 homes. The resulting fuel would be stored for use across the Jemena Gas Network in New South Wales.
(Source: Jemena, Power Eng., 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: ARENA, Ivor Frischknecht, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.arena.gov.au; Jemena, Frank Tudor, Managing Dir., 1300 536 362, https://jemena.com.au
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Global Urbis is a ground-breaking partnership to enhance climate action in cities around the world. The Land Degradation Neutrality Fund finances climate adaptation and land restoration measures through projects that will benefit some of the most vulnerable communities.
The EIB is partnering with the ISA to support the expansion of solar energy in India and other regions where solar power is one of the most abundant renewable energy sources but where technologies, funding and expertise are often lacking.
The ISA aims to raise $1 trillion by 2030 from public and private investors to invest in such solar projects. In 2017, the EIB provided €1.05 billion of new financing for solar energy projects around the world, and is currently finalizing a new €200 million credit line for renewable energy projects across India. Over the last five years, the EU Bank provided more than €21 billion for renewable energy investment worldwide, including €2.5 billion in photovoltaic and concentrated solar power projects.
The South Africa-based URBIS initiative comprises a global alliance of partners aspiring to reconcile urban development with the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources; a quest to engender cities with greater social-ecological resilience in the context of global environmental change. The initiative aligns with broader international efforts to implement the ecosystem approach and build inclusive green urban economies.
(Source: EIB, TECH2, 27 Sept., 2018) Contact: European Investment Bank, www.eib.org;
International Solar Alliance, www.intsolaralliance.org; Global Urbis, +27 21 202 0383,
+27 21 202 0388,
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IROAST researchers have developed a "catalytic combustion method" to add substances that promote or suppress chemical reactions during fuel combustion and suppresses the generation of NOx.
(Source: Journal of Catalysis, 26 Mar., Brinkwire, 29 April, 2018) Contact: IROAST, Dr. Satoshi , +81-96-342-3979,
The study will assess the potential for P2G energy storage and hydrogen (H2) fuel for the Massachusetts region in collaboration with Holyoke Gas and Electric (HG&E), a local gas and electricity utility. It will also determine the technical and economic feasibility for P2G and H2 fuel derived from renewable energy sources. The project is slated to get underway in Q2 2018 and has a duration of 12 months.
In 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) adopted a 200 MWh energy storage target for electric distribution companies to procure viable and cost-effective energy storage systems to be achieved by 1st January 1 2020. (Source: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, ITM Power, GasWorld, 5 April. 2018) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-energy-resources;
ITM Power, +44 (0) 114 244 5111, Geoff Budd, NA Office, (604) 620-8525, www.itm-power.com; Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, (617) 315-9315, www.masscec.com
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HydraGEN™ Technology uses simple electrolysis to turn distilled water into H2 & O2 gases that are produced on demand. The gases are introduced into the diesel engine's air intake before the turbocharger, which then produces a homogeneous air mixture prior to combustion. Hydrogen gas mixes with diesel fuel in the engine's combustion chamber where it acts as a combustion enhancer, for a faster and more complete burn, as well as lower combustion temperature. The result is decreased NOx production and reduced carbon emissions overall. Validated through both On-Road and accredited 3rd party testing, HydraGEN™ Technology produced:
HydraGEN™ technology is designed for all types and sizes of diesel engines used in on-road vehicles, reefer trailers, off-road construction, mining and forestry equipment, power generation, marine vessels and railroad locomotives. (Source: dynaCERT, April, 2018) Contact: dynaCERT, (416) 766-9691, info@dynacert,com, www.dynacert.com
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The Beaconsfield H2 station is the fifth H2 site in the UK to be supplied by ITM Power and will be the first to be opened as part of the H2ME project. The initiative has been partially funded by the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) and the UK Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
ITM's PEM electrolyser acts as a rapid, sub-second response, demand side load that can be controlled by power companies for grid balancing and managing intermittent power input. The hydrogen produced is stored and dispensed as a fuel to any form of hydrogen vehicle, or injected into the gas grid for power-to-gas energy storage.
(Source: ITM Power, GasWorld, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: ITM Power, Dr. Graham Cooley, CEO , +44 114 244 5111,
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In related developments, public sector power generation company National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) began using crop stubble biomass pellets to fuel its Dadri power plant with the aim of giving farmers a profitable alternative to burning crop residue and opening up a new market for rural entrepreneurship.
(Source: Rural Marketing, 20 Feb., 2018)Contact: Mahindra Waste to Energy Solutions, www.tofler.in/mahindra-waste-energy-solutions-limited/company/U37200MH2017PLC296622; Indraprastha Gas Ltd., www.iglonline.net
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INL's process uses specialized liquid materials that renders CO2 soluble and allows the carbon capture medium to be directly added into a cell for electrochemical conversion to syngas. When syngas can be created from captured CO2 at substantial current densities, it increases the process chances for industrial application.
The INL researchers have applied for a provisional patent and are in talks with a Boston area company involved in electrochemical technology R&D, according to the INL release.
(Source: INL. Dec., 2017) Contact:
INL, (866) 495-7440, www.inl.gov
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Traditional approaches for reusing carbon from CO2 involve a reduction step that requires high temperatures and pressures. The new INL process uses switchable polarity solvents (SPS), liquid materials that can shift polarity when exposed to a chemical agent. The SPS liquid materials make the CO2 more soluble and allow the carbon capture medium to be directly introduced into a cell for electrochemical conversion to syngas.
In an electrochemical cell, water oxidation occurs on the anode side, releasing O2 gas and hydrogen ions that then migrate through a membrane to the cathode side. There, the hydrogen ions react with bicarbonate (HCO3-, the form in which CO2 is captured in the SPS), allowing the release of CO2 for electrochemical reduction and formation of syngas. Upon the release of CO2, the SPS switches polarity back to a water-insoluble form, allowing for the recovery and reutilization of the carbon capture media.
The team received Laboratory Directed Research and Development funds in 2017. INL's team has filed a provisional patent and is reported to be discussing the approach with a Boston area company involved in electrochemical technology R&D.
(Source: DOE/Idaho National Laboratory, PR, 15 Dec., 2017) Contact: Idaho National Lab., www.inl.gov
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BETO has identified inconsistent feeding, handling, and initial conversion operations at IBRs as limiting factors in the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to fuels and chemicals. According to the agency, IBR development and operation have suffered from failure to account for the complexity and variability of feedstock properties and composition and from a lack of fundamental understanding of the physics and chemistry of biomass-derived feedstock pre-processing and subsequent deconstruction, combined with poor equipment design and flawed integration. Solving this significant current challenge is essential for advanced biofuels to fully reach their potential and for the economic benefits of new jobs and improved security of our fuel supply to be realized, the agency says.
The Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) is an integrated and collaborative network of eight national laboratories dedicated to addressing technical risks in developing and scaling up biomass harvest, storage, preprocessing and conversion technologies with the goal of improving the overall operational reliability of integrated pioneer biorefineries. FCIC laboratories members include, Idaho National Laboratory , National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories. (Source: US DOE, BETO, Nov., 2017) Contact: FCIC, https://fcic.inl.gov; BETO Multi-Year Program Plan HERE.
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The IH2 technology is a route to convert woody biomass and forest residues feedstock into renewable, low carbon transportation fuels. The process was invented by Gas Technology Institute (GTI) of Des Plaines, IL and scaled up by CRI Catalyst Company of Houston, Texas which holds exclusive worldwide licensing rights.
Biozin intends to utilize residues from Bergene Holm's mill, and forestry residues from the region. The product will be refined by one of Preem's refineries in Sweden.
(Source: Criterion Catalyst Company, Biofuels Int'l, 15 Nov., 2017) Contact: CRI Criterion Catalyst Company, www.criterioncatalysts.com;
Gas Technology Institute, www.gastechnology.org
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