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Sumitomo and ITM Power partner on multi-megawatt projects in Japan based on ITM electrolyzers

Sumitomo Corporation and ITM Power plc are entering a strategic partnership for the development of multi-megawatt projects in Japan based exclusively on ITM Power’s electrolyzer products.

Under the terms of the partnership agreement, ITM Power will supply multi-megawatt electrolyzer systems to Sumitomo for integration into wider projects on an exclusive basis in Japan and on a non-exclusive basis in other territories.

Sumitomo will introduce ITM Power’s products in Japan, including potential customer financing and will refer to ITM Power any electrolyzer projects which Sumitomo becomes aware of and considers to have the potential for collaboration between the partners outside Japan.

The partners will use their combined capabilities to: market, develop, finance and execute multi-megawatt hydrogen projects; jointly develop the value proposition and work up a number of strategic business cases for rollout, and; conduct exclusive feasibility studies for several projects in Australia.

ITM Power has deployed products in the UK, Europe and the US as well as the rest of the world, and currently has £40.3 million (US$53 million) of deal pipeline to be delivered, representing in excess of 14 MW of electrolysis, balance of plant and hydrogen storage.

This in turn builds on the 8 MW delivered in the fiscal year ending April 2018 and 2 MW in fiscal year ending April 2017, demonstrating a growing track record of deployments at the Megawatt scale.

Comments

Davemart

Electrolyser plants are starting to reach real scale.

It is unclear that they would ever need to go to hundreds of MW as a typical NG or coal plant does, as they are highly modular and far less dependent on economies of scale.

Since they are pollution free and consume minimal amounts of water, they can be sited right where the power is needed, avoiding transmission losses, increasing the reliability of power through microgrids and enabling very high total electric plus thermal capacity as the otherwise waste heat can be used to provide hot water.

HarveyD

Larger H2 plants combined with equally huge REs will soon produce large amount of H2 at a competitive price.

This type of large H2 plants is what is needed to sustain and promote clean H2 economy.

Germany and many other EU countries are doing same. China (and USA?) will follow.

Engineer-Poet

Davemart, you're confusing electrolysis plants and FC plants.  They do opposite things.  Further, pipelines are very expensive compared to overhead power lines.  It is going to be MUCH cheaper to send energy as electric power than hydrogen gas, especially if the power lines are already built.

A few MW here and there isn't going to do much of anything.  However, without on-demand power you're going to have to have H2 storage in order to have reliable supply.  The current thing in Europe is just to dump the H2 into the NG network, so the reliability is irrelevant.  But if anything is to work at scale, this problem is going to have to be dealt with... and it sure won't be cheap.

HarveyD

A few hundreds/thousands H2 trains could create enough H2 demand to justify large investments.

H2 stations installed to deserve H2 trains could easily service extended range FC-Trucks. FC-Buses and near future FCEVs to further justify the initial investment and the cost of more associated REs.

Clean (compressed) H2 is one of the best way to store energy for extended periods. The family FCEVs could supply emergency home electricity for many days and months with a few refills. It could also complement the home solar system.

Engineer-Poet

We already have excellent, efficient ways of powering trains without fossil fuels:  overhead wires and third rails.

If the RR's are looking to hydrogen to avoid big hikes in property taxes on their infrastructure, maybe it's time to deal with the ACTUAL problem and provide a statutory tax exemption for such improvements.

HarveyD

Electrifying existing rails can cost as much as $1M/Km. The increased value is subject to more taxes in many places. Many/most level crossings would have to be modified to protect the overhead lines. The first 100,000 Km (in USA) would cost as much as $100B + crossings upgrades.

All this extra initial investment may be justified on shared lines (cargo + passengers) but passengers only lines do not have the funds nor the traffic to pay for it.

Alternatively, selective electrification with the new FC passenger trains would be a lot cheaper, less intrusive than power lines and not require as many crossing upgrades.

Engineer-Poet

Here's a cost-benefit analysis of RR electrification.  It's mostly a jab at the errors in another report, but very much worth reading.

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