Feb 23, 2021

Blue World Technologies takes over Aalborg fuel cell site

fuelcells
Europe
research
Dominic Ellis
2 min
The methanol fuel cell developer and manufacturer has taken over an 8,500sqm production building at the Port of Aalborg
The methanol fuel cell developer and manufacturer has taken over an 8,500sqm production building at the Port of Aalborg...

Blue World Technologies has taken over an 8,500sqm production building at the Port of Aalborg as it aims to meet rising demand for fuel cell alternatives to combustion engines.

CEO and Co-founder Anders Korsgaard said, to their knowledge, it marked the largest methanol fuel cell factory globally and was a cost-efficient solution, enabling the future scale up of its "double-digit million euro order book" in one location. 

"Sometimes opportunities arise that cannot be passed, and this was one of them," he said. "This location does not only provide the space to scale-up our fuel cell component production to match the market demand, especially within the heavy-duty transportation sector, but it also covers the need for all of our project activities."

Production equipment for core fuel cell components such as membrane and electrode for the MEA (membrane electrode assembly) will be installed at Langerak 15A within the first half of 2021. It is targeting full-scale commercial production capacity of 50,000 fuel cell units per year within the next three years.

Blue World Technologies, founded in 2018, is focused on the high-temperature PEM-technology combined with methanol-reforming. The combination ensures a simple system design with high conversion efficiency and significant benefits including CO2 reduction, fuel cost savings, and zero harmful emissions.

In December 2020 Blue World Technologies closed its most recent investment round of €6.4 million and is aiming at a future IPO.

Fuel cell technologies gather speed

Advent Technologies Holdings acquired UltraCell, the fuel cell division of Bren-Tronics, on February 18. UltraCell is a leader in lightweight fuel cells for the portable power market. 

The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) at Ulm held a groundbreaking ceremony on February 10, for HyFaB – A Research Fab for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells - which aims to open next year. 

The ZSW is going to establish an open industry platform for automated production and quality assurance processes, factory acceptance testing and commissioning of fuel-cell stacks. 

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Hyzon Motors and New Zealand’s Hiringa Energy have signed a vehicle supply agreement, with Hyzon commissioned to build and supply Hiringa with zero emission HGVs. Its 50-tonne trucks have a range of 400-600kms.

The hydrogen fuel cell-powered trucks, to be assembled at Hyzon’s facility in Winschoten, The Netherlands, will be manufactured in full compliance with local New Zealand requirements and the first batch of vehicles are expected to enter service by the end of 2021. Hyzon plans to roll out 1,500 fuel cell trucks by 2026.

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May 4, 2021

Awesense launches digital clean energy marketplace

Renewables
Digitaltransformation
cleanenergy
Dominic Ellis
3 min
The Awesense Marketplace aims to provide a common framework for companies to collaborate towards the future of clean energy and digital transformation

Awesense has launched what it claims is the only energy-focused repository of solutions built to drive the industry's decarbonization agenda.

The Awesense Marketplace aims to provide a common framework for companies to collaborate towards the future of clean energy and digital transformation, uniting applications, solutions and algorithms to solve energy and grid challenges.

Solutions listed on the marketplace cover a range of cases, and launch companies include Doosan GridTech, Kitu Systems, vadiMAP, LO3 Energy, ENGIN, Utilidata, Clir Renewables, ChargeLab, SensorLink, Exeri, Easy SmartGrid, and Athena Power.

“We are welcoming a new era in the decarbonization of energy systems,” said Mischa Steiner, CEO of Awesense. “The goal of achieving a clean energy future requires collaboration amongst key industry players in the utilities and energy sectors. Sharing resources through the Marketplace means that our customers and partners have a truly seamless approach as we work towards our common goal - ultimately, decarbonizing the world’s energy system.”

Utilities, consulting companies, and other organizations struggle to develop solutions that can be scaled across many jurisdictions due to complex data integration and the lack of a standard, open data model. Using the solutions offered throughout the Marketplace, organizations can rapidly accelerate their transition to a decentralized, decarbonized future and develop solutions that are scalable across industry. The platform will open up new revenue streams in areas such as:

  • Distributed energy resource integration and control

  • Electric vehicle charging

  • Demand response and smart-home management

  • Grid services

  • Intelligent asset management

  • Transactive energy

  • Microgrid management

  • Advanced distribution system management

The new marketplace builds on Awesense's Digital Energy Platform, a digital twin based energy analytics platform that allows utilities to scale at the same pace as the rapidly changing technology landscape of the energy grid.

Together, the Open Energy Data Model and the Awesense Marketplace removes hurdles around data mapping and transformation, expedites data preparation and refining, and provides a common framework for companies to collaborate.

“The energy-specific data model allows utilities, technology companies, consulting firms, and other vendors to build solutions that can be easily integrated by other energy companies, to make a real impact on the industry as a whole, and develop new revenue streams for their organizations” said Steiner. “We’re looking forward to seeing the Awesense Marketplace grow as more partners committed to energy decarbonization join us.”

There are no simple solutions to putting the world on a sustainable path to net-zero emissions, according to the IEA. Reducing global CO2 emissions will require "a broad range of different technologies working across all sectors of the economy in various combinations and applications." it notes

Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia formed

Amp Power Australia has established the Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia, a strategic portfolio of large scale integrated Solar PV, Wind and Battery Energy Storage assets located in South Australia. The hub also includes the siting of the Spencer Gulf Hydrogen Energy Ecoplex, forming part of the South Australian Government's Hydrogen Action Plan. 

The portfolio, acquired from EPS, includes three large Solar PV projects totalling over 1.3 GW of generation, located at Robertstown (636 MW), Bungama (336MW) and Yoorndoo Ilga (388MW) with a total BESS capacity of up to 540MW across the portfolio.

Amp's expansion in Australia will include the implementation of Amp X, a proprietary digital energy platform 100% owned by Amp, which provides a diverse portfolio of disruptive and interoperable grid edge solutions, and includes a smart transformer, which enables real-time autonomous management and optimised dispatch of all forms of distributed generation and loads across the grid. 

Palmetto recently opened its marketplace in Arizona, and is now serving 20 states across the country, claiming its proprietary technology, marketplace business model, and consumer mobile application "are all designed to democratize access to clean energy".

 

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