Event organized by CBMM highlights green hydrogen as a sustainable solution for energy and mobility sectors

SAO PAULO, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In the search for solutions that contribute to reducing CO2 emissions, governments and scientists around the world are encouraging a movement to adopt more sustainable and efficient technologies. To that end, hydrogen has emerged as a key element in the decarbonization of the economy.

Scientists from renowned universities and industry specialists will discuss how hydrogen production technologies and their use in fuel cells can revolutionize the energy and mobility sectors during the Charles Hatchett Award Webinar 2020, a virtual event that will be held on December 7 at 2:00 pm (CET).

The keynote presentation will be delivered by Manish Chhowolla, professor of Materials Science at Cambridge University, and winner of the 2020 Charles Hatchett Award, an annual prize ratified by UK-based Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).

“New solutions in the energy transition have a strong connection with our technological development program

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Germany scraps renewable fee on green hydrogen to encourage new technology

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s government on Wednesday lifted a charge levied on power prices to support renewable energy for producers of so-called green hydrogen, part of a bid to encourage the nascent technology for low-carbon fuels.

The Berlin cabinet decided to waive the renewable energy fee under the EEG feed-in tariff law for electricity derived from wind and solar sources following an economy ministry initiative, government sources said.

Green hydrogen, which is produced via electrolysis while conventional hydrogen is produced using fossil fuels, is meant to help decarbonise energy used in industry, transport and for heating buildings.

Germany hopes to close the cost gap between the two products within 10-15 years, helped by a 9 billion euro ($10.8 billion) national strategy it passed earlier this year to meet long-term climate goals and transform its industries.

The draft law said hydrogen could be key to building up climate-neutral energy sources

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Analysis of the climate protection effect of green hydrogen on heavy duty vehicles — ScienceDaily

A partial transition of German road transport to hydrogen energy is among the possibilities being discussed to help meet national climate targets. A team of researchers from the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) has examined the hypothetical transition to a hydrogen-powered transport sector through several scenarios. Their conclusion: A shift towards hydrogen-powered mobility could significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and greatly improve air quality — in particular, heavy duty vehicles represent a low-hanging fruit for decarbonization of German road transport.

“Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles offer competitive advantages over battery electric vehicles regarding heavy loads, longer driving ranges and shorter fuelling times — making them particularly attractive to the heavy duty vehicle segment” explains lead author Lindsey Weger: “Moreover, transitioning heavy-duty vehicles to green hydrogen could already achieve a deep reduction in emissions — our results indicate a potential of -57 MtCO2eq annually, which translates to about a

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These Salt Mines Will Store Hydrogen

  • A huge system of caves in Utah is the future home of a massive hydrogen energy project.
  • The caves offer a natural alternative to thorny questions about storage of hydrogen.
  • Hydrogen still needs to move further away from reliance on the fossil fuel industry.

    Scientists are going back to the salt mines, literally, to find a revolutionary new way to store large quantities of hydrogen for energy. Proponents say this could be a step toward unlocking hydrogen for renewables—something that could change the energy landscape if it were resolved.

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    “The project would initially have enough energy to power 150,000 households for one year and is scheduled to be operational by 2025,” Fuel Cell Works reports. “It is being managed by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS), a maker of gas turbines, and Magnum Development, which owns salt caverns

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    3 reasons why batteries will power our future trucks, not hydrogen fuel cells

    A prominent decarbonization researcher believes battery electric trucks will become the norm for low emissions road freight, as alternatives, like fuel cell vehicles, are more expensive to run.

    In an interview with Clean Energy Wire, Auke Hoekstra, an academic researcher from Eindhoven University of Technology, says that fuel cell vehicles “won’t ever be able to compete with electric trucks‘ business case.”

    Below are three of the key arguments he makes for why battery electric trucks will become the norm, leaving fuel cell vehicles as a distant concept of a bygone moment.

    Battery technology is nearly ready

    As he alludes, around 80% of trucks, in the Netherlands at least, travel 750 km (470 miles) per day, at the very most. If you want to haul goods further than this, it starts to get expensive quickly as you’ll need to employ more drivers, and pay overtime.

    In reality, most trucks only need

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    Scientists find water microdroplets can transform into hydrogen peroxide when condensing on cold surfaces

    Scientists find water microdroplets can transform into hydrogen peroxide when condensing on cold surfaces
    Photo shows water microdroplet condensate formed on the surface of a glass container containing cold water (left) and an image of water microdroplets formed on a polished silicon surface (right). Credit: Jae Kyoo Lee and Hyun Soo Han

    In its bulk liquid form, whether in a bathtub or an ocean, water is a relatively benign substance with little chemical activity. But down at the scale of tiny droplets, water can turn surprisingly reactive, Stanford researchers have discovered.

    In microdroplets of water, just millionths of a meter wide, a portion of the H2O molecules present can convert into a close chemical cousin, hydrogen peroxide, H2O2, a harsh chemical commonly used as a disinfectant and hair bleaching agent.

    Stanford scientists first reported this unexpected behavior in forcibly sprayed microdroplets of water last year. Now in a new study, the research team has shown the same Jekyll-and-Hyde

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    Why Investors Shouldn’t Ignore This High-Growth Utility Stock’s Hydrogen Ambitions

    2020 has been a booming year for hydrogen stocks. Shares of Bloom Energy (NYSE:BE), Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ:BLDP), and FuelCell Energy (NASDAQ:FCEL) have all gained more than 110% this year, while Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG) is up an incredible 648%. While that’s good news for investors, the cold reality is that over most of their history, hydrogen stocks have been terrible investments. Since this year’s surge is almost entirely due to investors willing to pay more for the companies — not to any meaningful improvement in their results this year — things could end badly if these companies don’t deliver on the promise of hydrogen as a zero-carbon fuel. 

    One analyst thinks that hydrogen’s prospects might be turning a corner. On the Nov. 2 edition of “The Wrap” on Motley Fool Live, host Jason Hall pointed out that NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) has recently given the green light to

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    New study presents highly-active ozygenated groups in carbon materials for oxygen reduction to hydrogen peroxide

    New study presents highly-active ozygenated groups in carbon materials for oxygen reduction to H2O2
    Figure 1. The performance characterizations of ORHP. Credit: Professor Jong-Beom Baek, UNIST

    Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) has found many applications in the modern industry, including acting as a green oxidant in disinfectants, bleaching agents, sanitizing agents, chemical synthesis, and even as a potential energy carrier. A new catalyst, which enables on-site generation of H2O2 has been developed. It has gained much attention in both academia and industry as a quick, simple and inexpensive method to produce H2O2, which is in constant demand.

    A research team, led by Professor Jong-Beom Baek in the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST has developed a carbon-based high-efficiency electrochemical catalyst for use to produce H2O2. Because it is carbon-based, it is inexpensive and requires no complicated process, and thus allows for on-site production of H2O2.

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    Superaerophobic hydrogels for enhanced electrochemical and photoelectrochemical hydrogen production

    Superaerophobic hydrogels for enhanced electrochemical and photoelectrochemical hydrogen production
    Effect of the superaerophobic hydrogel overlayer on the performance of Pt electrodes in hydrogen evolution reactions (HER). Credit: Professor Jungki Ryu, UNIST

    A recent study, affiliated with South Korea’s Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) has unveiled a new technique that gives an enhanced hydrogen production yield by five times via the deposition of highly porous superaerophobichydrogels on a desired electrode surface.

    Water drops falling on lotus leaves easily bounce off instead of being partially pinned on the surface. This is because of the irregular distribution of microbumps on the leaves, which has the property of repelling water. Taking cues from lotus leaves, a technique that significantly improves the efficiency of hydrogen production via the enhancement of electrode surfaces has been developed.

    A research team, jointly led by Professor Jungki Ryu and Professor Dongwoog Lee in the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering has unveiled a new technique

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    Cummins Leadership Shares Hydrogen Technology Strategy and Plans for Continued Growth

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    Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI), a global power leader, today shared how the company plans to grow its fuel cell and hydrogen production business and further solidify the company as a global power leader.

    “As the world transitions to a low carbon future, Cummins has the financial strength to invest in hydrogen and battery technologies as well as advanced diesel and natural gas powertrains,” said Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger.

    The company specifically outlined its plans to generate electrolyzer revenues of at least $400 million in 2025. Members of the Cummins leadership team reviewed the company’s existing hydrogen portfolio and strategy and discussed specific market opportunities at a virtual conference held today with the investment community.

    “Demand for electrolyzers is growing rapidly with an opportunity to utilize green hydrogen to replace less environmentally friendly grey hydrogen in industrial

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