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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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UK will struggle to meet ambitious 2030 CCUS targets, research firm says 11 September 2023

According to energy research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie, only a handful of countries have policy and regulation ready to adopt CCUS today and the UK is one of them. However, the firm's analysis finds that the UK target to capture and store 20-30 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of CO2 by 2030 looks very challenging with some companies not able to progress projects due to a slowdown in the negotiations for government funding....

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UK reviewing membership of Energy Charter Treaty 01 September 2023

The UK government has confirmed it will be reviewing its Energy Charter Treaty membership, and considering withdrawal if vital modernisation is not agreed. The treaty has historically provided protections for investors in fossil fuels – the UK’s future membership will depend on whether proposals for the treaty’s modernisation are adopted in November....

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Companies sign contract for UK’s first deep geothermal power plant 21 July 2023

Exergy International and Geothermal Engineering Ltd. (GEL) have signed a contract for the supply of a 3 MWe of energy at the United Downs site, in Cornwall. This represents the first integrated deep geothermal project in the UK which will begin delivering energy by late 2024....

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