Plans for major hydrogen facilities in Norway and the Isle of Wight have been unveiled, as business giants, banks and green campaigners call on world leaders to include hydrogen investment in their Covid-19 recovery plans.
The first of the two facilities, proposed by a consortium of European businesses called Norsk e-fuel, is expected to come online in Herøya by 2023, producing 10 million litres of hydrogen annually. This output will be predominantly used by the aviation industry.
The consortium – comprising carbon capture firm Climeworks, investment firm Valinor, wind developer Nosk Vind, steel manufacturer Paul Wurth and energy technology provider Sunfire – is planning to operate the facility using 100% renewable energy.
The world’s largest and first commercial liquid air battery facility is planned for Trafford, Greater Manchester, creating more than 200 jobs and putting the city at the forefront of the latest green technologies.
Backed by £10m of government investment, the revolutionary CryoBattery project will be run by energy storage company Highview and will help the UK make the most of the energy generated from its world-class solar and wind sectors.
The CryoBattery offers a means of storing that excess energy and will do so on a far larger scale and for longer than existing batteries.
The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has published its second annual “supply side” analysis report, which found that 22,893 wind turbines were installed across the globe in 2019, which accounts for more than 63GW of capacity – a new record for the industry. According to the report, the average rated capacity for new turbines installed in 2019 surpassed 2,750kW, up 72% from 2009 levels.