The Hydrogen Stream: ACME, Avaada begin work on green hydrogen and ammonia projects in the Indian state of Odisha


Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, laid the foundation stone for two green fuel projects by Acme Cleantech Solutions and Avaada Green H2 at Gopalpur Industrial Park.

Acme Cleantech Solutions is setting up a 1.10 mmtpa green ammonia plant with an investment of INR 27,000 crore (over $3.2 billion). The project is projected to create employment for about 4,000 people. Avaada Green H2, with its INR 8,000 crore investment, is setting up a 0.5 mtpa green hydrogen/ammonia facility. This facility is estimated to provide job opportunities for 1,500 individuals.

The chief minister highlighted that these projects will bolster the local employment and skills ecosystem in the state. “The setting up of industries in new-age and future-oriented sectors like green fuels is going to catalyze the growth of MSMEs in this region. The MSMEs with get newer opportunities to become vendors and participate in the supply chain networks of these companies. This will open up numerous new avenues of growth for budding entrepreneurs in Ganjam and South Odisha,” he added.

Jogmec and Germany’s H2Global Foundation have agreed to cooperate on clean hydrogen. “Jogmec and H2Global aim to contribute to the emergence of a clean hydrogen society by navigating regulatory frameworks, promoting clean hydrogen market development, advancing technology solutions, and establishing resilient supply chains,” said H2Global Foundation

The South African government said that its officials met with a delegation from Japan this week to discuss hydrogen collaboration opportunities. It added that the two sides plan to focus on electrolysis and renewable energy.

Jera and Indonesia’s PLN EPI have discussed plans to collaborate on the LNG value chain. “Jera and PLN EPI will … also study the possibility of converting to a hydrogen and ammonia value chain,” said Tokyo-based Jera, a joint venture between Tepco Fuel & Power and Chubu Electric Power. The Japanese and Indonesian governments have held several meetings over the last several months to discuss hydrogen and waste-to-energy opportunities.

The Japanese government has revealed plans to spend JPY 3 trillion ($20.3 billion) over the next 15 years to subsidize the production of low-carbon hydrogen, Nikkei reported earlier this month. The government will reportedly offer contracts-for-difference-style subsidies for domestic and imported green hydrogen from this year. The government said it plans to invest a total of JPY 15 trillion in hydrogen development over the next 15 years. 

Shell has told pv magazine that it has decided to exit the hydrogen light-duty passenger vehicle fueling market in California. “Shell’s aim is to be more disciplined in our delivery, focusing on value over volume, and prioritizing capital investment in areas where we have distinct competitive advantages,” said a Shell spokesperson. The representative added that the energy company wants to invest up to $1 billion per year in hydrogen and carbon capture and storage in 2024 and 2025, with a focus on key regions with strong adjacencies to its existing business. Shell discontinued the build-out of its light-duty hydrogen station network in California in 2023 and temporarily closed five of its eight light-duty stations.

SailH2 said it will invest €25 million ($26.8 million) in a pilot center for the production and distribution of green hydrogen. It also said it has ordered an ME450 PEM electrolyzer from H-Tec System to produce up to 136 tons of green H2 per year, in combination with a 1,5 MW solar plant in the first phase of the project. The upcoming pilot project will be Andalucía’s first commercial green hydrogen hub, situated at the Poligono Industrial Isla in Dos Hermanas, a district of Sevilla. H-Tec System is set to deliver the electrolyzer by September 2024, with the site’s construction expected to be completed by the third quarter of this year, said the German electrolyzer manufacturer. 

HAV Hydrogen has secured NOK 12.4 million ($1.18 million) of funds to build, test, and certify a full-scale prototype of a containerized hydrogen (H2) energy system for ships. The complete deck house features several fuel cells mounted together with a hydrogen distribution system, control and safety system including emergency shutdown system, ventilation system, cooling system, and DC/DC power distribution system. The so-called Zero Emission Pod received “approval in principle” from DNV in 2023. 

The US DoE has announced plans to allocate $20 million to 16 projects across eight states to accelerate the exploration of geologic hydrogen. The selected teams include universities, national labs, and companies. “The 16 teams announced today are set to receive funding through two Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Exploratory Topics on geologic hydrogen,” said ARPA-E. The projects will either focus on producing geologic hydrogen through stimulated mineralogical processes or on hydrogen reservoir management. Earlier this month, the DoE said it had chosen 31 organizations to receive $3.2 million in vouchers to advance various clean hydrogen technologies, as part of a larger initiative allocating $9.8 million to 111 small businesses and organizations, with the vouchers to be used to obtain in-kind support from participating entities.

Plug Power has started delivering liquid hydrogen to customers such as Walmart and Home Depot, just two days after starting operations at its production plant in Charleston, Tennessee. It has also re-launched operations at its hydrogen plant in the city, contributing approximately 10 tons per day (TPD) of liquid hydrogen supply to the US market. It plans to introduce another 15 TPD of capacity through a joint venture plant in Louisiana. The facility is expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2024, according to Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh.

Kobe-Osaka International Port Corp., with the support of the Japanese government, is launching a demonstration project for advanced cargo handling machinery, in order to replace a diesel engine generator for a tire-type gantry crane (RTG) with a hydrogen engine generator. “This project is the first of its kind in the world,” claimed the company. It said preparations for the demonstration will take place this year, with data analysis activities in 2025 and the revision of technical standards by 2026. 

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