2022-06-15 20:50News

15 June 2022

Mundus Nordic Green News

The Minister of Energy and Digitization opens new hydrogen storage in Luleå

A 100 cubic metre pilot storage facility on Svartöberget in Luleå is now ready for use, where hydrogen gas will be stored 100 metres in and 30 metres below the ground. According to the Minister of Energy and Digitization Khashayar Farmanbar, this means taking the first steps for the energy system of the future. Storage of 100,000 to 120,000 cubic metres, would be sufficient to store up to 100 GWh of electricity converted to hydrogen, which would supply a full-scale steel plant for three to four days.

The warehouse fulfils an important function. With its inauguration, the two-year test period will begin, which will run from 2022 to 2024. According to the owner companies SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall, the pilot plant makes it possible to make fossil-free steel more competitive. We can buy more electricity when it is cheap and not consume it when it is expensive, said Andreas Regnell, Head of Strategic Development at Vattenfall.

Press release, SVT

Yara and Japan Bank for International Cooperation explore strategic collaboration in Japan

Yara International, a leading global ammonia player, and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), a Japanese policy-based financial institution, have signed a MoU to strengthen cooperation in the field of clean ammonia to support Japanese companies’ business development toward the realisation of a decarbonized society.

Press release

Ulstein designs methanol-powered offshore wind vessels for Acta Marine

Acta Marine has signed a contract for two construction support vessels (CSOV) for offshore wind with designs from Ulstein Design & Solutions. All four vessels will be delivered with combined methanol / diesel generators.

Metal Supply

More and more Swedes dont want wind turbines near their houses

40% of Swedes surveyed are negative about having a wind turbine near their home, while 33% are positive. This is the first time that there were more people who were negative than positive. "Support for wind power among the Swedish population is generally high," according to Erik Jönsson, assistant researcher at the University of Gothenburg. “But that you do not want wind power near your home does not mean that you are against it in general, but it may indicate that but think that the number is at a good level now.” 

Sveriges Radio

What we’re reading
  • BP takes 40% stake in vast $30bn Australian renewables project (RenewEconomy, Financial Times)
  • Australia’s AEMO suspends “Impossible to operate” electricity spot market (RenewEconomy)
  • The German government puts wind power pressure on states (Omni)
  • EU committee votes against classifying nuclear power and natural gas as sustainable (Europaportalen)

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