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New call for ‘urgent action’ to ensure safety keeps pace in UK renewables sector 16 July 2021

New independent research has found that 63% of managers in the oil, gas and renewables sectors have outlined concerns in their organisation about a major safety incident occurring in the next five years. Dräger Marine and Offshore, which commissioned the research, called for urgent action to be taken to ensure that safety in the UK’s fast-growing renewable energy and carbon capture sectors keeps pace in order to avert a major safety incident....

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Shell starts up Europe’s largest PEM green hydrogen electrolyser 05 July 2021

Europe’s largest PEM hydrogen electrolyser began operations on July 2, producing green hydrogen at Shell’s Energy and Chemicals Park Rheinland. As part of the Refhyne European consortium and with European Commission funding, the fully operational plant is the first to use this technology at such a large scale in a refinery....

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New plant near Hull could triple UK hydrogen production capacity 29 June 2021

Plans for two first-of-a-kind, low-carbon power stations in the UK’s Humber region have taken a significant step forward after SSE Thermal and Equinor submitted a planning (DCO) application. The plans, which could triple the UK’s hydrogen output, comprise one of the UK’s first power stations with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology and the world’s first major 100% hydrogen-fuelled power station....

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Increase 5GW hydrogen targets or risk missing out on investment and jobs, UK gov warned by industry 18 June 2021

The UK could miss out on millions in investments and tens of thousands of jobs in the next ten years unless the Government raises its hydrogen production targets, according to a new industry report published on June 17. More than three-quarters of respondents to Hydrogen Strategy Now’s ‘State of the Hydrogen Nation’ survey said the 5GW hydrogen production target set out in the PM’s Ten Point Plan is not ambitious enough....

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East England energy hub could power London and the South East for decades, says Oil and Gas Authority 11 June 2021

An Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) commissioned study has concluded that an Energy Hub in Bacton, Norfolk could provide low carbon energy for London and the South East for decades to come and help in the drive to net zero greenhouse gas emissions....

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Gravity energy scheme adds hydrogen to energy storage mix 28 May 2021

Gravitricity, the team behind a system that stores excess renewable energy in weights suspended above disused mine shafts, has revealed plans to add hydrogen and heat storage to its underground gravity energy system. The Edinburgh innovators have submitted a global patent to turn purpose-built shafts into pressurised energy stores, capable of safely accumulating significant quantities of the gas....

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Majority of UK offshore workforce to be in low carbon energy roles by 2030, new study says 25 May 2021

A new UK Offshore Energy Workforce Transferability Review by Robert Gordon University (RGU) highlights that the offshore energy workforce mix will change significantly in the next 10 years, with roles in decarbonised energies projected to increase from 20% to 65% of all jobs in the offshore energy sector (oil & gas, offshore wind, carbon capture utilisation and storage and hydrogen)....

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Japan announces 370 billion yen (£2.4 billion) boost for hydrogen industry 21 May 2021

The Japanese government announced on May 18 that it will allocate 370 billion yen (£2.4 billion) towards accelerating hydrogen research and development (R&D) and promotion. The money will come from Japan’s green innovation fund and follows an announcement in December 2020 in which the government set the goal of boosting hydrogen demand to 20 million tonnes a year by 2050....

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Innovative geothermal energy scheme in northeast England given green light 17 May 2021

A renewable energy scheme which will draw geothermal energy from abandoned flooded mines in South Tyneside, northeast England has been given a green light. The scheme will cut annual carbon dioxide emissions by hundreds of tonnes, South Tyneside Council has said....

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UK government urged to deliver ‘world-leading’ geothermal sector to secure Green Recovery 14 May 2021

A new report has urged the UK government to provide targeted support for the deep geothermal sector to aid the ‘green recovery’. On May 13, the Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) and ARUP published a report, ‘Deep Geothermal Energy: Economic Decarbonisation Opportunities for the United Kingdom’, which underlines the environmental and economic potential of deep geothermal....

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