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UK Government approves carbon capture plans for Drax Power Station 22 January 2024

Power station operator Drax confirmed on 16 January that the UK Government has approved the Development Consent Order (DCO) for the company’s plans to convert two of its biomass units at Drax Power Station to the carbon removals technology bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS)....

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Carlton Power secures UK Government support for green hydrogen project 01 January 2024

Independent energy infrastructure development company Carlton Power has announced it has been successful in Round One of the UK Government’s Hydrogen Allocation Round (HAR1). The company’s project at Barrow-in-Furness has been awarded a financial contract from the UK Department of Energy Security & Net Zero (DESNZ). Subject to reaching a Financial Investment Decision in the early part of next year, the Barrow project should enter commercial operation within two years....

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COP28: Over 200 countries agree deal to transition away from fossil fuels 13 December 2023

In a landmark decision on 13 December at the COP28 climate summit in Dubai, UAE, nearly 200 countries reached an agreement to transition away from fossil fuels. This move is a first in the history of climate negotiations and marks a significant step towards addressing the escalating effects of climate change....

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Rolls-Royce and partners to investigate production of hydrogen using electricity and heat from SMRs 20 November 2023

Topsoe, a specialist in carbon emission reduction technologies, ULC-Energy, a nuclear energy development and consultancy company, and Rolls-Royce SMR have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) to investigate the production of hydrogen based on Topsoe’s Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell (SOEC) technology and electricity and heat produced from a Rolls-Royce SMR nuclear power plant....

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Air Products to build Europe’s largest blue hydrogen plant 13 November 2023

Air Products has announced that it will build, own and operate a state-of-the-art carbon capture and carbon dioxide (CO2) treatment facility at its existing hydrogen production plant in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The facility is expected to be on-stream in 2026, and the resulting "blue" hydrogen product to serve ExxonMobil’s Rotterdam refinery and additional customers via Air Products' hydrogen pipeline network system. It will be the largest blue hydrogen plant in Europe once operational....

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New coalition launches to enable first transatlantic shipment of clean hydrogen by 2026 17 October 2023

The newly formed Transatlantic Clean Hydrogen Trade Coalition (H2TC) is aiming to connect US fuel producers to heavy-industry consumers in Europe to help facilitate an inaugural shipment of clean hydrogen-based fuels by 2026, aiming to grow transatlantic trade to three million metric tons annually by the end of this decade....

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UK and Germany partner to further advance hydrogen developments 05 October 2023

The UK and Germany have signed an agreement to help accelerate the development of an international hydrogen industry. Signed on 26 September at the UK Embassy in Berlin, a Joint Declaration of Intent will see the UK and Germany work together to underpin the international trade in hydrogen....

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Lagging policy support and rising cost pressures put hydrogen investment plans at risk, new report says 25 September 2023

Momentum behind low-emissions hydrogen continues to grow despite the slow roll-out of financial incentives and stubborn cost pressures that threaten to delay projects, a new International Energy Agency (IEA) says. However, production levels can still increase substantially by 2030 if all announced projects are realised and greater efforts are made on encouraging uptake....

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Results of UK’s first-ever carbon storage licensing round announced 18 September 2023

On 15 September, the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) announced the list of companies which have been awarded licences following the UK’s first-ever carbon storage licensing round. A total of 14 companies have been awarded 21 licences in depleted oil and gas reservoirs and saline aquifers which cover around 12,000sq km – an area equivalent to the size of Yorkshire....

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North Sea Transition Authority expected to take on role of offshore hydrogen transport and storage regulator 11 September 2023

The North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) is expected to take on the role of offshore hydrogen transport and storage regulator following the conclusion of a consultation on the proposal. The move is intended to support the industry by enabling pioneering projects to obtain the necessary licences and consents and move quickly into operation....

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