Shell to Build Europe’s Largest Renewable H2 Plant

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] This is how you store and transport renewable energy on a large scale.

    Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 6, 2022

    Hollandse Kust (noord) wind farm in action

    Renewable production and H2 production for energy storage.​

    Shell and Shell Overseas Investments have made the decision to build Holland Hydrogen I, which will be Europe’s largest renewable hydrogen plant once operational in 2025.

    The 200MW electrolyser will be constructed in the port of Rotterdam and will produce up to 60,000 kgs of renewable hydrogen per day.

    The renewable power for the electrolyser will come from the offshore wind farm which is partly owned by Shell.

    The renewable hydrogen produced will supply the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam, by way of the HyTransPort pipeline1, where it will replace some of the grey hydrogen usage in the refinery. This will partially decarbonize the facility’s production of energy products like gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel. As heavy-duty trucks are coming to market and refueling networks grow, renewable hydrogen supply can also be directed toward these to help in decarbonizing commercial road transport.

    Holland Hydrogen I is another example of Shell’s own efforts and commitment to become a net-zero emissions business by 2050.

    Shell’s ambition is to help build a global hydrogen economy by developing opportunities in the production, storage, transport, and delivery of hydrogen to end customers. Holland Hydrogen I’s approval marks an important milestone on that journey not only for the Netherlands, as a leader in the hydrogen economy, but also for Shell globally.

    Shell owns and operates around 10% of the global capacity of installed hydrogen electrolysers, including a 20 MW electrolyser in China and a 10 MW proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser in Germany. They can produce, respectively, 3,000 tons and 1,300 tons of hydrogen a year respectively.

    Shell is working on several low-carbon hydrogen production projects with potential capacity of over 950 thousand tons per annum. Shell’s share.

    European Union legislation determines under what conditions the hydrogen produced can be defined as Renewable Hydrogen or as a Renewable Fuel of Non-Biological Origin (RFNBO). The criteria are covered by the ‘Renewable Energy Directive (RED)’ and Shell aims to produce hydrogen in accordance with the Directive and its associated Delegated Acts (DAs). Some parts of the relevant EU legislation such as the Delegated Acts are under discussion and have not yet been finalized.

    The key takeaway is do not dismiss Hydrogen as the final soliton to meet our future energy storage needs just yet.

    In other Shell news, Shell completes sale of its retail and lubricants businesses to Lukoil in Russia.

    Shell Overseas Investments B.V. and B.V. Dordtsche Petroleum Maatschappij, subsidiaries of Shell plc, have completed the sale of Shell Neft LLC, Shell’s retail stations and lubricants business in Russia, to PJSC LUKOIL. This follows the receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals.

    The sale agreement was announced on May 12, 2022. All people currently working for Shell Neft, more than 350 in total, will remain employed by Shell Neft, which is now owned by LUKOIL.

    The transaction is part of Shell’s wider withdrawal from all Russian hydrocarbons which is being conducted in a phased manner, in line with its announcement in early March. The sale has been carried out in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
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  2. Trollbait

    Trollbait Well-Known Member

    The world uses over 70 metric tonnes of hydrogen a year. Virtually all it comes from fossil fuels. Steam reforming natural gas yields nearly 5.5 tonnes of CO2 for every tonne of hydrogen produced. Most of that hydrogen is used to make fertilizer.

    That is the real reason why we need green hydrogen.

    Energy storage and trucking might work out as a side benefit, but we already have a lot of dirty uses for hydrogen to clean up first.
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