Author Archive: Jim Lane

rss feed

Neste invests in Sunfire, CO2, water to fuels and Power-to-X solutions

Neste invests in Sunfire, CO2, water to fuels and Power-to-X solutions

March 11, 2020 |

From Finland and Germany comes news that Neste has acquired a minority stake in the German cleantech company Sunfire GmbH.  The key technology in the Power-to-X platform is electrolysis. It enables the production of emission-free renewable hydrogen and conversion of CO2 into fuels, chemicals and materials. Thus it transforms a problem into a solution.  Sunfire […]

Read More

Hydrogen and a story of a simple fuel, and SimpleFuel

Hydrogen and a story of a simple fuel, and SimpleFuel

March 2, 2020 |

There are two places in the world we thought there would long have been a hydrogen project built or announced. One, at the Port of Amsterdam in The Netherlands, and one at the Prairie View Industrial Center complex near Ames, Iowa. The absence of projects reminds us that it is not always about the project […]

Read More

Splitting seawater for hydrogen in the Never Never

Splitting seawater for hydrogen in the Never Never

February 24, 2020 |

Yara Pilbara! It sounds a little like a fearsome incantation out of Harry Potter, and if it were, I think it would be a spell to prevent cool weather because Yara’s facility is located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, more specifically the Burrup peninsula, known elsewhere as Murujuga, one of the world’s weather […]

Read More

Low carbon hydrogen on the way in the UK

Low carbon hydrogen on the way in the UK

February 19, 2020 |

From the UK, news is arriving out of research circles about a project called HyPER project (Bulk Hydrogen Production by Sorbent Enhanced Steam Reforming), that will construct a state-of-the-art 1.5 MWth pilot plant at Cranfield University to test an innovative hydrogen production technology that substantially reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The project  has received £7.5M ($10M) […]

Read More

Toyota’s Woven City: a city of the future powered by hydrogen fuel cells, today

Toyota’s Woven City: a city of the future powered by hydrogen fuel cells, today

February 12, 2020 |

In perhaps the boldest move on urban development and future mobility since Walt Disney announced his EPCOT project in 1966, Toyota revealed plans to build a prototype “city” of the future on a 175-acre site at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan. Called the Woven City, it will be a fully connected ecosystem powered […]

Read More

64 million reasons the DOE thinks hydrogen’s moment is now: The H2@Scale story

64 million reasons the DOE thinks hydrogen’s moment is now: The [email protected] story

February 5, 2020 |

The U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $64 million in funding to advance innovations that will build new markets for the [email protected] initiative. This investment will support transformational research and development, innovative hydrogen concepts that will encourage market expansion and increase the scale of hydrogen production, storage, transport, and use. The DOE stated: Hydrogen […]

Read More

Rapunzel, Rapunzel: Getting the hydrogen we need from the garbage we don’t

Rapunzel, Rapunzel: Getting the hydrogen we need from the garbage we don’t

January 29, 2020 |

It wouldn’t shock anyone to learn that there’s hydrogen trapped inside of municipal solid waste, just as there’s $7 trillion worth of gold dissolved in the Earth’s oceans, some say, and that there’s a planet out there that’s probably made of solid diamond.  Like Rapunzel of the Grimm’s fairytale cycle, trapped by a sorceress inside […]

Read More

EU invests €11M in  Nouryon-led green hydrogen project in the Netherlands

EU invests €11M in Nouryon-led green hydrogen project in the Netherlands

January 22, 2020 |

A consortium comprising Nouryon, Gasunie and four other partners will receive an €11-million European grant towards their proposed green hydrogen project in Delfzijl, the Netherlands. The project is a front-runner among several hydrogen initiatives aimed at cutting carbon emissions and will be a significant milestone in the transition to a more sustainable, circular economy, the […]

Read More

Who’s the Mystery Date? Green hydrogen for renewable diesel’s stealthy project

Who’s the Mystery Date? Green hydrogen for renewable diesel’s stealthy project

January 15, 2020 |

From Planet Houston we’ve heard that ENGlobal inked a $20 million to supply process modules that will be used to construct a complete hydrogen production facility. The plant will be a major component of an otherwise unidentified renewable diesel facility with an expected maximum production of 10,000 barrels of renewable diesel per day. ENGlobal — […]

Read More

First solar-based process revealed to safely, efficiently split water

First solar-based process revealed to safely, efficiently split water

January 8, 2020 |

From Israel, word comes from researchers at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and the University of Porto in Portugal who have developed a prototype system for efficient and safe production of hydrogen using only solar energy.  The details are here in Joule. The technology breakthrough The system contains a tandem cell solar device, […]

Read More