2020 recorded a 10% increase in fuel cell shipments to 1.3 GW capacity despite COVID. This is lower growth than anticipated before the outbreak, but the shipments attest to the resilience of the technology. Shipments of PEM fuel cells for transportation continue to dominate, at two thirds of the capacity. Hyundai alone, with its NEXO, represents nearly half of all shipments by capacity. In numbers, the Ene-Farm programme now fields nearly 50,000 units a year, split between Aisin and Panasonic. South Korea is showing strong growth in capacity in response to the Renewable Portfolio Standard.
The Green Fuels, Green Skies competition, was launched today by the Department for Transport (DfT) and delivery partners E4tech and Ricardo Energy & Environment. The competition will provide up to £15 million in grant funding to UK Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) projects during the 2021/22 financial year, as part of a drive to develop a SAF industry in the UK. It will support the early-stage development of UK SAF plants, referred to as the “Front End Engineering Design (FEED)”, “Pre-FEED” and “Feasibility Study” stages of a project’s development life cycle.
As the need for a speedy transition towards a low carbon future grows, E4tech’s expertise in sustainable energy has never been so relevant. Over the past few months, we have been fortunate to add several valuable new team members. Dr Charlotte Kirk whose DPhil research in ammonia as a zero-carbon fuel to reversibly and sustainably store and transport hydrogen is already being put to good use. Cécile Geier is a bioprocess engineering expert and has utilised her broad engineering background to multiple projects across E4tech sectors.
The Bioenergy for Sustainable local energy services and Energy Access in Africa (BSEAA) programme, a constituent programme of the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office’s (FCDO)Transforming Energy Access (TEA) programme invites you to two webinars on
1. “Prospects for commercial biomass gasification in Sub-Saharan Africa”
3rd February 2021, 11.00 – 12:00 (GMT)
2. “Prospects for bioenergy development in seven market sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa: Preliminary findings”
10th February 2021,11.00 – 12.30 (GMT).
E4tech analysis, part of the Scottish Hydrogen Assessment led by Arup, suggests that the hydrogen industry could be worth up to £25 billion a year to Scotland by 2045.