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October 3, 2019

Tractebel unveil new offshore hydrogen platform

Power consultancy Tractebel are developing an offshore platform that will produce environmentally friendly hydrogen from offshore wind energy at an industrial scale.

By Yoana Cholteeva

 

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Power consultancy Tractebel are developing an offshore platform that will produce environmentally friendly hydrogen from offshore wind energy at an industrial scale.

The platform uses electrolysis to deliver 400 MW, which Tractebel say exceeds the output of previous technologies, and is ready to put into practise in areas like the North Sea..

The company are confident the role of hydrogen is gaining importance in the energy mix, because the proportion of “green” hydrogen or H2 derived from renewable sources can be increased on a carbon-neutral basis. In addition, the method effectively stores energy and the multiple transportation options of hydrogen provide relief for the electricity transmission grid, the capacities of which are limited. Furthermore, hydrogen can balance out seasonal fluctuations in renewable energy sources.

Tractebel sees potential for carbon-neutral production of green hydrogen in large-scale offshore wind farms and its team is currently working on a detailed solution for the use of the new platform at an industrial scale. Currently, it accommodates all the technical components required for production – including electrolysis units, transformers and desalinisation plants.

Another benefit of the platform is that transportation of energy generated in this way is flexible and can be transmitted by pipelines or ships. These transport means are alternatives to the contentious or overloaded cable lines – in the sea or over land.

In terms of cost, the price of green hydrogen is higher than the cost of production of “grey” hydrogen derived from fossil sources, but a higher tax on carbon dioxide emissions will ensure opportunities for the more environmentally friendly version.

Tractebel specialises in consultancy and engineering services throughout the life cycle of its clients’ projects in energy, water, and infrastructure. As part of the energy company ENGIE, Tractebel delivers and operates offshore hydrogen platforms as an EPC supplier and offers solutions for large-scale storage across Europe, Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Latin America.

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How can hydrogen ride the sustainability wave?

The Hydrogen market is expected to expand significantly in the next few years – GlobalData has tracked more than 43.6 mtpa of total active and upcoming low carbon hydrogen production capacity (green and blue hydrogen). As the industry develops and the cost of producing hydrogen drops, demand is expected to increase significantly. As a result, countries across the world are announcing much needed supporting policy framework for hydrogen. While refining and ammonia production have traditionally been the key consumer sectors for hydrogen, new uses such as transport and energy storage are set to influence the market. While green hydrogen presently has a small share in the overall production mix, it is poised to increase given the ambitious targets announced by various countries. GlobalData’s report provides insights into key issues in the emerging hydrogen space, such as:
  • Hydrogen value chain
  • Demand drivers
  • Key application areas
  • Technology trends
Read this report and formulate winning strategies for your business.
by GlobalData
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