2021-08-24 18:28News

24 August 2021

Mundus Nordic Green News

Eurowind Energy invests in USA

Denmark’s Eurowind Energy has solar and wind activities in 13 European countries, and now the company is readying to establish the United States, opening an office in California.

According to Jens Rasmussen, CEO of Eurowind Energy A / S the American market is commercially attractive, but very large and diverse.  With the experience that Eurowind has built up over the past 15 years, he believes that they have knowledge and the competencies to secure a place in the market. The company has already gained a foothold in five American projects, through its US subsidiary, Eurowind Energy USA LLC, Eurowind Energy has established a partnership with a North American partner as well as German Wind Works Power, and has development projects in California totaling 800 MW. (Idag)

DKK 700 million for green innovation partnerships

To achieve Denmark’s climate goals, the government and the parliament have allocated DKK 700 million in 2021 for investments in mission-driven green research and innovation partnerships. The focus is on four missions

  1. Carbon capture and storage
  2. Green fuels for transport and industry (Power-to-X, etc.)
  3. Climate- and environment-friendly agriculture and food production
  4. Circular economy with a focus on plastics and textiles

The Innovation Fund has received 12 proposals for roadmaps within the four missions, to which a large number of actors across the Danish research and innovation environment have contributed. The Foundation's board has selected six roadmaps that will form the basis for the activity plan for the future partnerships. A call is open for applications until 19 October. (Automatik)

World's first hydrogen ferry in Norway

Hydra is the world's first passenger ferry to use hydrogen as fuel. Together with the recently delivered battery ferry, Nesvik, Hydra will operate the ferry connection Hjelmeland–Nesvik–Skipavik. The groundbreaking ferry has three possible energy sources. In addition to two hydrogen-powered fuel cells, it also has a large battery pack on board. The batteries are continuously charged by the fuel cells, but can also be charged at the quay in Hjelmeland and Nesvik. At least 50% of the time, Hydra must be run on fuel cells powered by liquid hydrogen. In addition, two diesel generators have been installed, which can be used as a reserve source. (Maritimt)

Hydrogenpro receives a purchase order from Mitsubishi Power

Norway’s Hydrogenpro has received a purchase order from Mitsubishi Power for the production of hydrogen. The production plant will be the world's first, single high-pressure alkaline electrolysis system for hydrogen production. The plant will be installed in the industrial park on Herøya, south of Oslo, during 1Q22 with Hydrogenpro operating the plant. (E24)

Hydrogen trains demonstrated in Sweden

The world's first hydrogen-powered passenger train is on Swedish soil for the first time. Alstom presents the train to show its potential for sustainable transport in Sweden, potentially even making the railways CO2-free. (Dagens Logistik)

Diversity of markets essential for Norwegian offshore wind

In June, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy sent proposals for guidelines for land allocation, licensing process and applications for offshore wind power, for consultation. According to Statkraft, projects in the Sørlige Nordsjø II (southern north sea acreage near the border with the UK sector) that are only connected to Norway will hardly be profitable. And there was broad agreement from other respondents that the profitability of projects is dependent on market access. A majority pointed to the need for hybrid networks where offshore wind farms were connected to several markets. (Energi og Klima)

Ecoclime sees SEK 200 million in growth capital

As a result of sales successes during 1H21, the capacity of Ecoclime’s business will be expanded with a strong investment in increased delivery capacity that will be completed in 2023. Ecoclime’s subsidiary, Everthem provides system solutions for the recovery of heat energy from the wastewater in apartment buildings. (Svenska Dagbladet)

 What we’re reading
  • Heavy rainfall which led to severe flooding in Western Europe made more likely by climate change (World Weather Attribution)
  • Climate action will stall until the finance problem is solved (Financial Times, paywall)

Topics: Hydrogen

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