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Hong Kong – Three Trial Projects on Hydrogen Fuel Technology Given Agreement-in-Principle by the Inter-departmental Working Group on Using Hydrogen as Fuel

Three Trial Projects on Hydrogen Fuel Technology Given Agreement-in-Principle by the Inter-departmental Working Group on Using Hydrogen as Fuel

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     To keep pace with the development trend of hydrogen fuel and in preparation for its local application and supporting facilities, the Environment and Ecology Bureau (EEB) is leading the Inter-departmental Working Group on Using Hydrogen as Fuel (the Working Group) to examine applications of trial projects on hydrogen fuel technology intended to be taken forward locally. The EEB has announced today (March 28) that the Working Group has given agreement-in-principle to three applications of trial projects on hydrogen fuel technology under the first batch. These projects will commence within this year.

     The three projects concern two applications submitted by Citybus Limited to try out a hydrogen refuelling facility at a bus depot of the company and one hydrogen fuel cell (HFC) double-deck bus, and one application submitted by the Hong Kong and China Gas Company to try out a hydrogen extraction facility at its Tai Po plant.

     A spokesman of the EEB said, “The Working Group received these three applications of trial projects in the third quarter of last year, and has subsequently examined these applications and provided advice to the applicants. Following the applicants’ enhancement on the designs and technical details to ensure that the trial projects can be carried out smoothly and safely, the Working Group has, at its meeting on March 24, 2023, given agreement-in-principle to the three applications of trial projects. These projects are expected to commence within this year.

     The spokesman supplemented, “In addition, the government departments also have plans to commence trials of HFC heavy vehicles for refuse collection or street cleansing.”

     At present, HFC heavy vehicles are still at an early stage of development. Resources are being invested in research and development, operational trials and supporting facilities worldwide. The Working Group set up by the EEB seeks to make preparation for an extensive use of hydrogen energy locally in future. Apart from relevant departments engaging consultants to conduct risk assessment and analysis, the use of interim standards by various trial projects on hydrogen extraction technology, hydrogen refuelling facilities and HFC vehicles would also provide data and experience for our reference. This would assist the Government in setting relevant regulations, codes, standards and technical guidelines, with a view to formulating a legal framework for the extensive use of hydrogen fuel locally in the long run.

     The Working Group is formed by the EEB, the Transport and Logistics Bureau, the Development Bureau, the Security Bureau, the Environmental Protection Department, the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, the Fire Services Department, the Transport Department, the Marine Department, the Planning Department, the Lands Department, the Buildings Department and the Architectural Services Department.

     The Chief Executive announced in his 2022 Policy Address to commence trials on HFC double-deck buses and heavy vehicles in 2023 and formulate the long-term strategies for the application of hydrogen energy in road transport by 2025. The EEB has already earmarked $200 million under the New Energy Transport Fund for subsidising trial projects, and the costs for collecting and analysing related data.

     The Government announced successively in 2021 the Hong Kong Roadmap on Popularisation of Electric Vehicles, Clean Air Plan for Hong Kong 2035, and Hong Kong’s Climate Action Plan 2050, covering policy directions and future targets on promoting the adoption of new energy transport technologies in different context, so as to guide Hong Kong towards zero vehicular emissions before 2050 and attain carbon neutrality simultaneously. Developing new energy transport (including electric private cars and HFC heavy vehicles) is an important component of realising our targets on emission reduction.

Japan – Results of Joint Research into Hydrogen Energy Solutions Supported by the Toyota Mobility Foundation were Published in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy

A review article by a team of researchers supported by the Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) has been published in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, a world-renowned scientific journal issued by the Dutch academic publisher Elsevier.

Water electrolysis hydrogen generator

Title: Influence of renewable energy power fluctuations on water electrolysis for green hydrogen production

Authors:
– Hirokazu Kojima (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)
– Kensaku Nagasawa (Yokohama National University)
– Naoto Todoroki (Tohoku University)
– Yoshikazu Ito (University of Tsukuba)
– Toshiaki Matsui (Kyoto University)
– Ryo Nakajima (techno2050 NAKAJIMA PE Office TMF Advisor)

Website (English): www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360319922052028

To realize a decarbonized society, the introduction of a large amount of renewable energy is essential. However, renewable energy is characterized by the fact that its ability to generate power fluctuates depending on the weather and the time of day. There is hope that hydrogen can serve as a regulating force to adjust such fluctuations in power, and water electrolysis is a key technology for converting that energy.

This review article investigated a wide range of issues for each major water electrolysis method, such as restrictions on using renewable energy as a power source for water electrolysis, the durability of water electrolyzers, and catalyst degradation. It then described the performance requirements for water electrolysis systems and materials that can adapt to renewable energy fluctuations and the issues that need to be discussed going forward.

TMF has positioned environmental and energy issues as important themes for a sustainable mobility society, and in 2017, established the “Research Program to Support Innovative Hydrogen Energy Solutions” that targets carbon-free hydrogen (green hydrogen) cost reductions across the entire hydrogen supply chain of “producing,” “transporting,” and “using.” In this program, 29 promising research themes have been selected and provided grants through open calls over three years. Additionally, regular evaluations and advice by an evaluation committee of experts in hydrogen and energy systems and opportunities for exchanges and mutual study among selected researchers have been provided.

In October 2020, the Japanese government made a “Carbon Neutrality by 2050” declaration. For realizing a decarbonized society, in addition to supporting basic research by individual researchers, in April 2021, TMF started a new joint research program to be conducted by teams of researchers. In this joint research program, two working groups (WG) were formed to focus on two important themes for realizing a decarbonized society, “Hydrogen Society & Energy Systems” and “Water Electrolysis.” Five researchers for each WG were selected under the “Research Program to Support Innovative Hydrogen Energy Solutions.”

Based on information obtained by conducting literature reviews on the impact of renewable energy power fluctuations on water electrolysis systems, the research team has started research using a practical water electrolysis device installed with the cooperation of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. To date, few published studies have investigated the behavior, performance degradation, and effects on durability caused by fluctuations in renewable energy power output using actual equipment. The results of this study are expected to contribute to solving problems related to improving performance and reducing the costs of water electrolysis.

Device specifications: Solid polymer (PEM) type water electrolysis hydrogen generator
Hydrogen production capacity: 10Nm3/h
Location: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute

Since its founding, the Toyota Motor Corporation has conducted its business activities with the aim of creating a prosperous society through automobiles while respecting all stakeholders, including customers, business partners, employees, and the local communities in which it operates. Accordingly, Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) was established in August 2014 to conduct activities that benefit the public good.

Aiming to realize a mobility society where everyone can move about freely, TMF is working to solve mobility issues worldwide through a diverse range of projects. Going forward, the Toyota Group, working in cooperation with various partners and utilizing the technologies and knowhow it has cultivated through its business activities, will continue to promote undertakings that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while contributing to the realization of a society where people can lead rich and fulfilling lives.

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Japan – MHI Invests in Electric Hydrogen, a U.S. Startup, to Accelerate Efforts to Produce Clean Hydrogen at Scale

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) announced today that it has invested in Electric Hydrogen (EH2), a clean hydrogen startup headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, to support its efforts in developing cost-competitive, fossil-free hydrogen. Through this investment, MHI aims to strengthen and diversify its hydrogen value chain, advance its energy transition business, and act on its commitment toward global carbon neutrality goals. The investment has been executed through Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. (MHIA), which joins a consortium of investors including Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Equinor, Amazon, Honeywell, and Rio Tinto.

“No single company can provide needed technology to achieve global decarbonization, which is why we recognize the importance of investing in and enabling companies like Electric Hydrogen to develop new solutions,” said Takajiro Ishikawa, President and CEO of MHIA.

EH2’s patented approach to electrolysis – the process of producing hydrogen from electricity and water – is specially designed for the high-volume, low-cost production required to support massive industrial operations, which could significantly improve the levelized cost of hydrogen.

This investment will support the scale-up of EH2’s high electrolyzer technology and its use in the manufacturing, and deployment of pilot projects to produce fossil-free hydrogen (also known as “green hydrogen”) at large scale for industrial and infrastructure applications.

Industries not amenable to electrification, such as steel, fertilizer and intercontinental energy transport, account for more than a third of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions, according to EH2. Hydrogen, when produced in places with abundant and clean electricity, is a promising pathway for decarbonizing these industries.

MHI is working to build a hydrogen value chain through its proprietary technologies, plus investment and collaboration with companies such as EH2.

About Electric Hydrogen

Electric Hydrogen (EH2) is a deep decarbonization company pioneering new technology for low-cost, high-efficiency, fossil-free hydrogen systems. Focusing on industrial applications of hydrogen in steel, ammonia and freight transport, EH2’s goal is to help eliminate more than 30% of global GHG emissions from hard-to-electrify industries. Their leadership team has revolutionized other clean energy sectors at Tesla and First Solar and they are backed by world-class climate tech investors like Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Prelude Ventures, Capricorn Investment Group, Energy Impact Partners, Fifth Wall Climate Tech and S2G Ventures. The company also benefits from partnerships with strategic investors that are leaders in their target sectors, including Amazon Decarbonization Fund, Cosan, Equinor, Honeywell, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Rio Tinto.

About MHI Group

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group is one of the world’s leading industrial groups, spanning energy, smart infrastructure, industrial machinery, aerospace and defense. MHI Group combines cutting-edge technology with deep experience to deliver innovative, integrated solutions that help to realize a carbon neutral world, improve the quality of life and ensure a safer world. For more information, please visit www.mhi.com or follow our insights and stories on spectra.mhi.com.

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HYDROGEN FUEL FOR VEHICLES


Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has notified G.S.R. 889(E) dated 16th September, 2016, for use of Hydrogen as an automotive fuel in the country. The specifications for Hydrogen for Internal Combustion Engine have been specified in Annexure IV-W of the said notification. 18% blend of Hydrogen with CNG


(HCNG) has been notified by this Ministry vide G.S.R. 585(E) dated 25th September, 2020. This Ministry vide G.S.R. 579(E) dated 23rd September, 2020 has notified safety norms regarding hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and its components.


Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is implementing Renewable Energy Research and Technology Development programme to support research in various aspects of renewable energy including inter-alia hydrogen based transportation and fuel cell development. The ongoing R&D projects on hydrogen and fuel cells are as under:-


  1. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore has established a production plant for high purity hydrogen generation through biomass gasification.
  2. ARCI Centre for Fuel Cell Technologies, Chennai is setting up an integrated automated manufacturing line for producing 20 kW PEM Fuel Cell stacks.
  3. Dayalbagh Educational Institution has developed novel materials for Hydrogen production through Photo electrochemical splitting of water. Two patents were granted for materials developed under the project in 2021.
  4. National Institute of Solar Energy, Gurgaon, under the project to establish a Centre of Excellence on Hydrogen Energy, have procured electrolyzer and other equipment for augmenting the Green Hydrogen production capacity to demonstrate various applications including hydrogen fuelled vehicles.


This information was given by Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.


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