Airbus opens new composite-related ZEROe Development Center in Stade for hydrogen storage technologies

Airbus has opened a ZEROe Development Center (ZEDC) for hydrogen technologies at its Stade site in Germany. The center will accelerate the development of composite hydrogen-system technologies for storing and distributing cryogenic liquid hydrogen. Airbus has long been a pioneer in composite technologies in Germany, both in materials and manufacturing... Read more →

Nuvera Fuel Cells and HELINOR Energy collaborate on developing scalable zero-emission energy solutions for maritime applications

Nuvera Fuel Cells signed a formal technology development agreement with HELINOR Energy, a Norwegian scale-up technology and production provider of next-generation hydrogen fuel cell and fire suppression modules. Under the agreement, HELINOR will fund the development of scalable marine power solutions incorporating Nuvera’s next-generation high-power fuel cell engine technology with... Read more →

In a computational study leveraging artificial intelligence (AI), scientists at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory assessed 160 billion molecules to screen the molecules for suitability as liquid carriers of hydrogen. The team whittled down the candidates to a mere 41; the task passes into the hands... Read more →

Yanmar Power Technology Co., Ltd. (YPT), a subsidiary of Yanmar Holdings Co., Ltd., has begun development of a hydrogen-fueled 4-stroke high-speed engine for power generation for coastal vessels in Japan as part of the Nippon Foundation’s zero-emission ship demonstration experiment. Pilot-ignition 6-cylinder hydrogen engine. In parallel with the hydrogen engine... Read more →

Rheinbahn Düsseldorf orders 10 Solaris hydrogen buses

The German operator Rheinbahn Düsseldorf has ordered 10 Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen buses. The manufacturer will deliver the vehicles to Düsseldorf in 2025. The city has set itself the goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2035. The city has been implementing its strategy by adding both battery-electric and hydrogen-powered units... Read more →

Hyundai Motor talks hydrogen, AI and software-defined vehicles at CES 2024

Hyundai Motor Company presented its vision for a hydrogen-powered, software-driven transformation beyond mobility applications at CES 2024. Hyundai Motor Group has already announced a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, substantiated by a clear RE100 roadmap to use 100% renewable energy in its overseas factories by 2045 and in... Read more →

At CES 2024, Bosch reaffirmed its work on components for a hydrogen combustion engine, and said that its H2 engine is due to debut this year. Bosch engineers had to overcome two challenges when developing a new hydrogen injector for direct injection: first, there is no lubrication, which is provided... Read more →

In a new report—“Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles 2024-2044: Markets, Technologies, and Forecasts”—IDTechEx predicts that fuel cell electric vehicles will account for just 4% of zero-emission vehicles on the road in 2044, but the opportunity is greater in certain market segments. Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) have made monumental progress in the... Read more →

Hyundai Motor and Kia partner with Gore to co-develop polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) for hydrogen fuel cell systems

Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation (Kia) and W. L. Gore & Associates will collaborate on the development of advanced polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) for hydrogen fuel cell systems. The joint effort between the parties will encompass key aspects of PEM development, including test protocols. The ultimate goal of this collaboration... Read more →

Nikola Corporation in 2023 produced 42 and wholesaled 35 Class 8 Nikola hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). Of the seven trucks produced but not wholesaled, three are being used in an extended field test with a fleet partner, two are in continued validation and engineering and two are being... Read more →

Ballard Power Systems signed a new Long-Term Supply Agreement (LTSA) with NFI Group Inc., a leading independent bus and coach manufacturer and a leader in electric mass mobility solutions in North America and Europe. The agreement marks a new phase in the established partnership between Ballard and NFI, focused on... Read more →

Researchers from LUT University in Finland have compared the climate change impacts and the main factors affecting them for different categories of hydrogen production, including grey hydrogen (SMR), blue hydrogen (SMR-CCS), turquoise hydrogen (TDM), and green hydrogen (PEM electrolysis). The comparative lifecycle analysis is published as an open-access paper in... Read more →

Convion and Elcogen announced the successful conclusion of a field test for an industrial-scale Solid Oxide Electrolyzer system delivering green hydrogen at superior efficiency compared to incumbent technologies. The partners concluded a test period of 2000 hours of the first Convion Solid Oxide electrolyzer equipped with Elcogen’s cell technology, validating... Read more →

Researchers investigate lean combustion of ammonia-hydrogen mixtures in a pre-chamber engine

Researchers from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, with colleagues from Shaanxi Diesel Heavy Industry, have investigated the impact of the hydrogen energy fraction (Hfrac), equivalence ratio, and ignition timing on the combustion and emission characteristics of ammonia-hydrogen mixtures at lean combustion conditions in a pre-chamber (PC) marine engine by CFD Simulation.... Read more →

Researchers at the Energy Materials Research Center of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) with colleagues at Hyundai R&D have developed a nanocatalyst for high-temperature water electrolysis that can retain a high current density of more than 1A/cm2 for a long time at temperatures above 600 ˚C. An... Read more →

Bloom Energy and SK ecoplant collaborate on a major hydrogen project to be developed by Korea Southern Power

Bloom Energy (NYSE: BE) and SK ecoplant, an engineering and energy solutions provider and subsidiary of South Korean conglomerate SK Group, announced a sale of Bloom’s electrolyzer technology to deploy hydrogen as an energy source in a large-scale green hydrogen demonstration with the Korea Southern Power Co., Ltd (KOSPO) and... Read more →

Equinor and Germany’s SEFE enter long-term gas sales agreements and pursue large-scale hydrogen supplies; 1/3 of annual German industrial gas demand

Equinor will supply Germany’s state-owned energy company SEFE (Securing Energy for Europe) with 111 terrawatt hours (ca 10 billion cubic meters - bcm) of natural gas per year from 1 January 2024 until 2034, plus an option for another 5 years, at terms reflecting market prices. The annual volumes are... Read more →

Helax Istmo, a wholly owned subsidiary of funds managed by CIP, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Interoceanic Corridor of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (CIIT) and Mexico’s national Ministry of Navy, the Secretaría de Marina (Semar). Under the MoU, the parties agree to collaborate to support the development of... Read more →

Tanker company Euronav to acquire CMB.TECH for US$1.15B cash; hydrogen and ammonia engines

Independent tanker company Euronav NV and CMB NV, its controlling shareholder, entered into a share purchase agreement for the acquisition of 100% of the shares in CMB.TECH NV for a purchase price of US$1.150 billion in cash. CMB.TECH is a diversified cleantech maritime group. CMB.TECH builds, owns, operates and designs... Read more →

Isuzu Motors and Honda Motor began demonstration testing on public roads in Japan of the GIGA FUEL CELL, a fuel cell (FC)-powered heavy-duty truck currently being co-developed by the two companies. (Earlier post.) Through this demonstration testing, scheduled to run through September 2024, the two companies will continue making progress... Read more →

US Department of the Treasury, IRS release guidance on hydrogen production credit

The US Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released proposed regulations on the Clean Hydrogen Production Credit established by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The Clean Hydrogen Production Credit aims to make production of clean hydrogen more economically competitive and to accelerate development of the US clean... Read more →

Cemex Ventures, Cemex’s corporate venture capital (CVC) and open innovation unit has increased its investment in HiiROC—the developer of Thermal Plasma Electrolysis (TPE), a new proprietary process for generating affordable, zero-emission hydrogen—after an initial investment in 2022. Cemex intends to initially inject hydrogen at its crucial Rugby, United Kingdom cement... Read more →

Daimler Truck is building a first customer-trial fleet of Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Trucks (earlier post). Amazon, Air Products, INEOS, Holcim and Wiedmann & Winz will take part in first customer trials, expected from mid-2024, to gain initial experience in CO2-free long-distance transport with fuel-cell trucks. The five semi-trailer tractors will be... Read more →

Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks has tested a Unimog implement carrier prototype with a hydrogen combustion engine in real operation. The Unimog is a test vehicle that is used to research the conditions under which hydrogen combustion can be implemented as a supplement to battery-electric and fuel-cell-based drives. On a decommissioned section... Read more →

H2U and De Nora enter R&D agreement to discover high-performance materials for green hydrogen production

H2U Technologies, a next-generation electrolyzer developer (earlier post), and De Nora, the world’s largest supplier of high-performing catalyst-coated membranes, announced an R&D agreement to identify and develop low-cost, high-performance electrocatalysts for hydrogen production through water electrolysis. These catalysts are intended to enable the market presence of affordable green hydrogen, thereby... Read more →

Science Magazine names hunt for natural hydrogen a runner-up for breakthrough of the year

Science magazine named the hunt for natural (geologic) hydrogen (earlier post) as one of the runners-up for breakthough of the year. (The winner was GLP-1 agonist weight loss drugs.) … prospectors are now finding signs of significant hydrogen deposits on every continent save Antarctica. Venture capital is flowing to startups... Read more →

Topsoe has signed a grant agreement with EU’s Innovation Fund for a total of €94 million for the construction of the company’s first electrolyzer manufacturing facility in Herning, Denmark. The factory is expected to be operational by 2024 and will produce Solid Oxide Electrolyzer Cells (SOEC). The factory will manufacture... Read more →

DOE to award $59M to advance the national clean hydrogen strategy

The Department of Energy (DOE) released a funding opportunity announcement (DE-FOA-0003213) for up to $59 million to accelerate the research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) of affordable clean-hydrogen technologies. Projects supported by this funding will reduce the cost and improve the performance of critical elements of hydrogen infrastructure, demonstrate innovative... Read more →

Versogen achieves anion exchange membrane production capacity of 1 Gigawatt per year

Versogen, a developer of anion exchange membrane (AEM) technologies, has achieved membrane production capacity that can support 1 gigawatt of AEM electrolyzers per year. From the company’s roots in a research lab at the University of Delaware, Versogen has scaled up the production capabilities of its proprietary PiperION polymer by... Read more →

Virginia-based REVO ZERO, a start-up hydrogen infrastructure and solutions provider, announced that its vehicle ENERGY is now available for pre-order (price not specified) with a $500 refundable deposit. ENERGY packages an EV battery pack with a Nuvera hydrogen fuel cell range extender in an SUV design. The 3-row SUV has... Read more →

Port of Antwerp-Bruges and CMB.TECH announced that the Hydrotug 1, the first hydrogen-powered tugboat, is ready for operation in the Antwerp port area. The Hydrotug 1 is powered by combustion engines that burn hydrogen in combination with traditional fuel. It is the first vessel that uses the BeHydro V12 dual-fuel... Read more →

The global hydrogen economy is growing despite global headwinds resulting from rising interest rates and constrained supply chains, according to an analysis of more than 1,400 large hydrogen projects published by the Hydrogen Council. Hydrogen Insights 2023 December Update, co-authored by McKinsey & Company, is the industry’s latest update on... Read more →

Westport Fuel Systems announced the successful completion of a heavy transport demonstration with KAJ Inrikes and others, of WFS’ H2 HPDI fuel system-equipped prototype truck hauling a trailer filled with IKEA home-furnishing products in Älmhult, Sweden. This is the second validation of the H2 HPDI system (earlier post) in a... Read more →

General Motors and Komatsu will co-develop a hydrogen fuel cell power module for Komatsu’s 930E electric drive mining truck, the world’s best-selling ultra-class haul truck. GM, a leader in hydrogen fuel cell technology, and Komatsu, a global manufacturer of mining and construction equipment, will jointly design and validate the technology.... Read more →

Hyundai Motor signs multilateral agreement to accelerate global hydrogen ecosystem development

Hyundai Motor Company has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote the development of the global hydrogen ecosystem. The signing took place with South Korea’s Ministry of Environment, Korea Water Resources Corp., Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and SK E&S at the Dubai Expo during the COP28 World Climate... Read more →

Korea-based VINSSEN, a company specializing in the production of electric and hydrogen hybrid propulsion systems, has successfully tested and delivered a hydrogen fuel cell system for a trial project involving several key industry partners. VINSSEN is collaborating with Shell Singapore Pte. Ltd. as the project sponsor, Seatrium Limited as the... Read more →

Mobility technology supplier Marelli has presented its first hydrogen fuel system, including specific injectors with patented design and an advanced Engine Control Unit. This solution is aimed at hydrogen combustion engines, which are similar to traditional endothermic engines but use hydrogen as fuel, producing no CO2 emissions, thus representing an... Read more →

Yamaha Motor will be exhibiting a prototype hydrogen-powered outboard engine at the Miami International Boat Show, 14 to 18 February 2024 in Miami, Florida. Marine products run through water and are thus subjected to water resistance, requiring significantly more energy for propulsion than land vehicles. In a briefing on Yamaha... Read more →

GM to supply Autocar with HYDROTEC fuel cells to electrify vocational vehicles, from cement mixers to terminal tractors

General Motors and Autocar have signed a joint development agreement to create a range of zero tailpipe emissions vocational vehicles powered by GM’s HYDROTEC power cubes. (Earlier post.) Autocar, a market leader in customized vocational trucks, views this initiative as an important expansion in offering robust, zero tailpipe emissions solutions... Read more →

Symbio inaugurates first hydrogen fuel cell gigafactory; Stellantis to use Symbio fuel cells in Ram pickups

Symbio, an equally owned joint venture between automotive technology supplier Forvia, Michelin and Stellantis, inaugurated its first hydrogen fuel cell gigafactory, SymphonHy. Located in Saint-Fons, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, SymphonHy is the largest integrated fuel cell production site in Europe. The site houses the Group’s headquarters, a production plant, an... Read more →

Ionomr Innovations closes US$20M Series A-4 financing with broad industry participation

Ionomr Innovations Inc., developer and manufacturer of foundational polymer and membrane technologies for next-generation hydrogen applications, has closed a US$20-million Series A-4 funding round with returning lead investors NGIF Cleantech Ventures and Pallasite Ventures supported by Shell Ventures, Chevron Technology Ventures and Finindus, and joined by N.V. Bekaert, Asahi Kasei,... Read more →

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has released the 2023 issue of its Annual Evaluation of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Deployment and Hydrogen Fuel Station Network Development, pursuant to the requirements of Assembly Bill 8 (2013). This report is the tenth annual publication. The Annual Evaluations provide CARB’s latest assessment... Read more →

Deutsche Aircraft, a manufacturer of regional aircraft, commissioned consultancy LBST ( Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik GmbH), a participating company of TÜV SÜD AG, to compile a comprehensive study comparing the economic and environmental performance of Liquefied Hydrogen (LH2) and Power-to-Liquids (PtL) in aviation. The study is focused on domestic production of electricity-based Sustainable... Read more →

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) will establish a local business operation, the Hydrogen Factory Europe. It will ensure a co-ordinated approach to the commercialization of hydrogen technology and systems—spanning everything from development and production, through to sales and aftersales. The Hydrogen Factory will be responsible for producing an increasing number of... Read more →

At Toyota Motor Europe’s (TME) 2023 Kenshiki event, a team of executives presented the company’s latest electrified products and technologies. Kenshiki means “insight” in Japanese; this year’s edition, with an audience of more than 300 media, focused on the battery electric and hydrogen vehicles which will play a significant role... Read more →

Fraunhofer researchers, TS ELINO GmbH and Salzgitter AG are working on converting an existing steel mill to climate-neutral production methods. The aim is to produce steel by the direct reduction of iron ore with hydrogen, which would completely replace coke as a reducing agent. The hydrogen required for this method... Read more →

Scientists at the University of Pretoria (UP) are leading a study of natural hydrogen gas discovered under the Earth’s surface in Mpumalanga (geologic hydrogen)—a potential source of renewable energy that could contribute to the national energy budget and help address the energy shortage in South Africa. Mpumalanga is a province... Read more →

GreenGo Energy has filed an application to Ministry of Petroleum, Energy and Mines in Mauritania for the development of one of the world’s largest green energy parks: Megaton Moon. Megaton Moon is planned for a staged implementation process to reach 60GW/190TWh of hybrid solar and wind generation and 35GW electrolysis... Read more →

Hitachi Energy recently unveiled the HyFlex demonstration unit, its Hydrogen Power Generator in Gothenburg, Sweden, in an event held with Hitachi Energy’s technology partner, PowerCell Group. HyFlex is an integrated and scalable plug-and-play generator for temporary or permanent installation, where power grid connections are impractical, and diesel generators are not... Read more →

The modified glider at the center of Airbus UpNext’s hydrogen contrail-studying experiment, Blue Condor, made its first hydrogen-powered flight over Nevada on 8 November. The flight was the company’s first to use hydrogen as the sole fuel source, and it kicked off a test campaign that will conclude in a... Read more →