Development of innovative hydrogen project at the Port of Tilbury

RWE – the UK’s largest power generator and a world player in renewable generation, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. – a global trading and investment company with a diversified business portfolio that spans approximately 63 countries, and the Port of Tilbury London and the South East’s logistics hub, are developing an innovative hydrogen project at the Port of Tilbury in Essex as part of a recently signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) for two green hydrogen projects.

Hydrogen has a crucial role to play in helping the UK achieve its 2050 Net Zero ambitions and is an essential component for decarbonising different industrial sectors.

Through the MoU, the organisations will complete two parallel work streams:

A small scale ‘proof of concept’ demonstrator project to produce green hydrogen for decarbonising items of port equipment by switching from fossil fuels to hydrogen.

An initial study into a 10 megawatt green hydrogen plant. The facility will be developed on Port of Tilbury land previously housing a coal-fired power station, transforming an area historically associated with fossil fuel power generation to green hydrogen production, at the heart of the Thames Freeport.

The project will also look at options to scale up development over a ten year period upwards of 100 megawatts. The hydrogen would be used for port infrastructure and operations in addition to providing green hydrogen to the surrounding industry.

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Port of Aberdeen explores subsea hydrogen storage at new South Harbour

Port of Aberdeen, in partnership with Subsea7, has secured a grant of £150,000 from The Scottish Government to investigate the feasibility of storing hydrogen underwater at the new Aberdeen South Harbour.

The ‘H2Shore – Hydrogen coastal storage and distribution’ project will conduct thorough engineering analyses to determine the most effective technological approach and identify an appropriate offshore location. Additionally, the project will develop an outline business case.

Energy consultancy firm, Xodus, is tasked with scrutinising the necessary distribution and bunkering requirements, with a focus on equipment, processes, and operating procedures.

This study is among 32 projects to receive funding from the Hydrogen Innovation Scheme, a programme dedicated to fostering innovation in renewable hydrogen production, storage, and distribution.

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UK government backs £5.4m project for delivering world’s first liquid hydrogen autonomous vessel and infrastructure

A consortium led by zero-emission vessel provider ACUA Ocean in partnership with zero-emission infrastructure provider and National Maritime UK Marine Hydrogen Working Group partner Unitrove has won a multi-million pound UK government grant in a major push to decarbonise the maritime sector.

The “Hydrogen Innovation – Future Infrastructure & Vessel Evaluation and Demonstration (HI-FIVED)” consortium will receive over £3.8m of funding to build and showcase its innovative autonomous vessel and bunkering infrastructure technologies for liquid hydrogen.

The £5.4m project is expected to be delivered in autumn of 2024 and aims to establish a domestic green shipping corridor between Aberdeen and the Orkney and Shetland Islands, with hydrogen-powered autonomous ships being used to transport cargo.

The HI-FIVED consortium involves several key players in the maritime industry including the Port of Aberdeen, the University of SouthamptonZero Emissions Maritime Technology (ZEM Tech)Composite Manufacturing & DesignTrident Marine Electrical, and NASH Maritime Ltd.

Unitrove, creator of the world’s first liquid hydrogen bunkering facility, will look to deploy its mobile fuelling technology at the Port of Aberdeen in support of ACUA Ocean’s bid to build and operate the world’s first maritime autonomous surface ship powered by liquid hydrogen.

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First hydrogen-powered Crew Transfer Vessel ready for operation

Windcat Workboats and CMB.TECH announced that the first hydrogen-powered CTV is ready for immediate operation after successful completion of trials and bunkering.

This ground-breaking development for both the marine and offshore wind industries is the first CTV that uses clean fuels to reduce up to 80% of its traditional fuel usage and associated emissions. The Hydrocat 48 is a further green development, introducing clean fuel technology on the already very fuel efficient and high performing Windcat MK 3.5 design.

Dual fuel technology has been integrated into the MK3.5 series without compromising on performance and retaining the reliability of a traditionally fuelled vessel. It is the first vessel to truly offer a sustainable alternative to diesel fuel.

The base MAN engine is manufactured by MAN Engines – A Division of MAN Truck & Bus SE for dual fuel use and retrofitted by CMB.TECH with a hydrogen injection system.

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Green hydrogen partnership to “transform” industry in the Highlands

ScottishPower and Storegga, the firm behind the Acorn carbon capture project, have announced a green hydrogen partnership to “transform” industry in the Highlands.

They have agreed to develop, build and operate a series of green hydrogen production plants across Scotland, with the first to be focused in the Cromarty Firth region, north of Inverness.

The first plant is expected to be operational in 2024, producing up to 20 tonnes of hydrogen a day, providing a green fuel for heating processes in whisky distilleries.

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Gasunie and Vopak are to co-operate on the development of hydrogen import terminal infrastructure for Northwest Europe

The two companies signed a co-operation agreement, building on their experience working together on the Gate LNG Terminal in the Port of Rotterdam and their plans to develop the ACE green ammonia terminal in Rotterdam. The aim of the latest agreement is to ensure infrastructure is in place to facilitate the import of hydrogen into Northwest Europe via ports in Germany and the Netherlands.

The first hydrogen import streams are expected by 2025, the companies said, to top up hydrogen production within Europe.

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The £240m Net Zero Hydrogen Fund, funding low carbon hydrogen production projects, is now open for applications

Thanks to our SME Maritime Grant Funding Champion Nick Prattley from Swell who covered this at this mornings working group meeting. If you need assistance with making a grant application contact Nick.

Tim MunnMarine Zero – One for our UK Marine Hydrogen Working Group partners.

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Thinking of Applying for the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund

Applications for the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund open April 25th.

£240m of funding will be released over 4 strands. Strands 1 & 2 are detailed below.

This fund will be relevant to several partners of the National Maritime network and of course partners of the UK Marine Hydrogen WG.

As a network partnership offer, our SME Maritime WG Grant Funding Champions Nick PrattleySwell will be working with a number of companies regarding consortium building and application support .

If you would like guidance on the application process contact Nick.

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UK Marine Hydrogen Working Group partners backed to develop a control system for the world’s first liquid hydrogen fuel container facility for zero emission ships

Entrepreneurs and innovators pioneering new ways of creating a more efficient transport system are being backed by UK government funding.

In total, 51 projects have been awarded a share of £1.95 million in Department for Transport (DfT), United Kingdom funding as part of the government’s Transport Research and Innovation Grant (TRIG) programme, the largest number of projects backed in the programme’s history.

UK Marine Hydrogen Working Group partners Unitrove are being backed to develop a control system for the world’s first liquid hydrogen fuel container facility for zero emission ships.

Congratulations Steven Lua, Aik Lua and team.

Unitrove are partners of the National Maritime UK Marine Hydrogen Working Group the UK’s only marine focussed hydrogen working group assisting with the acceleration of decarbonisation by championing the use of hydrogen. The group is the leading voice towards government and regulatory bodies and provides opportunities to members by making connections.

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Shell and Uniper to explore hydrogen production at scale in the UK

Uniper has signed an agreement with Shell to progress plans to produce blue hydrogen at Uniper’s Killingholme power station site in the East of England.

The hydrogen produced could be used to decarbonise industry, transport and power throughout the Humber region.

The Humber Hub Blue project includes plans for a blue hydrogen production facility with a capacity of up to 720 megawatts, using gas reformation technology with carbon capture and storage (CCS).

The captured carbon would be fed through the proposed Zero Carbon Humber onshore pipeline, part of the East Coast Cluster, recently selected as one of two CCS clusters to receive initial government support under the government’s cluster sequencing process.

The Humber Hub Blue Project recently passed the eligibility criteria for Phase-2 of the government’s cluster sequencing process. Successful projects which could be eligible for government funding will be shortlisted from May 2022. Phase-2 projects are expected to take final investment decisions from 2024 to then be operational from 2027.

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