Short News August 2021

The world’s first offshore production facility for green hydrogen is to be built in the Netherlands. Wind farms at sea supply large amounts of electricity. This will be used to produce green hydrogen, which will be fed into an existing pipeline system. The question of the best solutions for transporting hydrogen and its downstream products is of central importance. The Dutch project Poshydon is now one step closer to this vision. For this purpose, a grant of 3.6 million euros is planed. The electrolyser is on board a platform in the North Sea off the coast of Scheweningen. The water for electrolysis comes from the sea and is demineralised.

DECHEMA has presented its third roadmap of the Copernicus project P2X: Options for a Sustainable Energy System with Power-To-X Technologies. The authors present detailed scenarios for the entire production chain, such as a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) for green aviation paraffin. The aim is to “develop the technological basis for solutions with which material energy storage, energy carriers and chemical products… can be produced using renewable energy”.

Germany and Namibia want to work together on the topic of hydrogen. The Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek and the Director General of the Namibian Planning Commission Obeth M. Kandjoze signed a joint declaration of intent. According to Karliceczek, Namibia has huge potentials in the generation of wind and solar power. “We therefore expect that a kilo of hydrogen from Namibia will eventually cost between 1.50 and 2 euros.”

Worldwide facts about solar energy are compiled annually by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE).

OBRIST Powertrain is showing a new prototype based on the Model Y from Tesla at the IAA Mobility (7 to 12.9.2021 in Munich). The vehicle is powered by an electric motor. However, the electricity comes from an economical and vibration-free combustion engine that is fuelled with eMethanol.

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