Latest News on the UK Hydrogen Economy - 14/10/20


Ames Goldsmith Ceimig, as a manufacturer of catalysts such as Iridium Oxide, Iridium Ruthenium Oxide, Iridium Black, Platinum Black & Platinum on Carbon support, are strong supports of the emerging Hydrogen Economy and supply many manufacturers of Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) technology including PEM Electrolysers and PEM Fuel Cells.

In the UK we are members of the UKHFCA & SHFCA. Here are some of the recent developments in Hydrogen happening in the UK and affecting the Hydrogen Economy more broadly:

Scottish Hydrogen Supply Chain Survey: weblink

Ames Goldsmith Ceimig have taken part in Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and the Scottish Government project to create a publicly available directory of companies active in, or with ambitions to supply, the green hydrogen sector.

Entry’s closed on 25th September.

Green H2 could generate £320bn for UK economy by 2050: weblink

Development of an indigenous green hydrogen industry could generate £320bn for the UK economy and sustain up to 120,000 jobs by 2050 according to a new report released by the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult.

Portugal and the Netherlands sign green hydrogen agreement: weblink

Portugal and the Netherlands have announced plans to connect their 2030 hydrogen plans and develop a strategic export-import value chain, to ensure production and transportation of green hydrogen from Portugal to the Netherlands and its hinterland.

Hydrogen-powered train makes UK maiden journey: weblink

A hydrogen-powered train has travelled on Britain’s rail network for the first time.

The prototype, called the Hydroflex, made a 25-mile round trip in Warwickshire, reaching speeds of up to 50 mph. Its next phase is to move the hydrogen tanks, fuel cell and battery out of a carriage and stash them underneath the train.

The aim is for the train to start carrying paying passengers by the end of 2021.

Phase 1 of Scotland’s Zero Emission Train Project is now complete: weblink

The Zero Emission Train Project is being led by Scottish Enterprise and Transport Scotland, offering the rail supply chain the opportunity to advance skills and knowledge on the application of HFC technology and hydrogen infrastructure in rail applications. A prior information notice (PIN) is now live on Public Contracts Scotland for the full system design, installation, and demonstration of the hydrogen fuel cell train in Scotland. This fuel cell electric train will be showcased at COP 26 in Glasgow next November. To read the PIN in full, click the link above.

Siemens to build large hydrogen production plant in Germany: weblink

Siemens has today revealed plans to build one of the largest hydrogen production plants in Germany. To be built in the Wunsiedel Energy Park in the north of Bavaria, the plant will have the initial capacity to produce more than 900 tonnes of hydrogen per year in its first phase, and 2,000 tonnes per year when fully expanded.

Introducing the HYRAZE League - the racing series for the “motorsport of the future”: weblink

HYRAZE League is a new motorsport competition with hydrogen race cars, which will be launched in 2023. As well as zero-emission race cars and an innovative braking system, steer-by-wire also makes the high-performance race cars development drivers for future production vehicles. The HYRAZE League series combines virtual and actual motorsport, bringing racing drivers and sim racers together.

World’s first hydrogen-electric passenger plane takes off: weblink

The world’s first hydrogen fuel cell-powered passenger flight yesterday took off from Cranfield, England. Hydrogen-focused aviation company ZeroAvia today reported the flights success that took place at its R&D facility, with the Piper M-class six-seat plane, completing taxi, take off, a full pattern circuit, and landing.

Green light for Nottinghamshire’s hydrogen energy project: weblink

Planning permission has been secured for an innovative sustainable hydrogen energy scheme in Nottinghamshire, which is thought to be a first of its kind in the UK.

To be located at Featherstone House Farm, in Bilsthorpe, the development features a 1.25-megawatt electrolyser inside a building based within a secure compound which will be adjacent to solar farms and a wind turbine already at the farm. The electrolyser will use energy from the solar farm and wind turbine to turn water into green hydrogen, which once turned back into electricity through a fuel cell only emits water vapour and air.