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Methanol Fuel Cell Powered Passenger Ferry Sets Sail PDF Print E-mail

By MarEx 2017-08-28 19:28:15

The MS innogy, the first vessel in Germany to be powered by methanol fuel cells, was named on Friday. The passenger ferry, which will sail on Lake Baldeneysee, Essen, features a fuel cell system manufactured by the Danish fuel cell manufacture SerEnergy.

The ferry was built to showcase the potential of methanol as a fuel of the future and is the result cooperation between energy company innogy and SerEnergy. 

The SerEnergy methanol fuel cell system is a modular solution, says the company, a unique feature within the fuel cell industry where other systems would require more development work for individual projects. 

The MS innogy fuel cell system is a 35kW system consisting of seven 5kW modules integrated in one rack. The energy system is a hybrid constellation consisting of a fuel cell system and a battery pack, where the fuel cells work as a range extender allowing the vessel to sail for an entire day without fueling. Using waste heat from the fuel cell to drive the methanol reformation process leads to a high electrical efficiency between 40-50 percent.

There are no harmful air emissions, and the system is CO2-neutral, as well as being low on noise and vibrations.

The system for MS innogy is based on knowledge and experience that SerEnergy has gained being part of the Pa-X-ell test program, where a methanol fuel cell system was placed on a cruise ship to produce electricity for the ship’s internal power grid.

The MS innogy is a part of innogy’s “greenfuel” project designed to demonstrate the entire value chain of environmentally friendly methanol, from a green production of methanol using CO2 from the surrounding air, green electricity and water, to the use of methanol as fuel in the excursion vessel and in cars. The scene of the methanol value chain demonstration project is the City of Essen – this year’s Green Capital of Europe. 


 
Hyundai Bets Hard on Hydrogen, Showcases Next Gen Tucson ix35 FCEV PDF Print E-mail


Hyundai certainly isn't giving up on hydrogen as an alternative fuel source, as it's just unveiled a new generation FCEV it's planning to offer for sale next year.

Hyundai Bets Hard on Hydrogen, Showcases Next Gen Tucson ix35 FCEV
The close-to-production-ready Hyundai model showed off its impressive capabilities as well as its futuristic design. (Image: Hyundai)

There have been no big proclamations from any manufacturers recently about hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCEV) as the eventual replacements for today's petrol and diesel combustion engine powered models. But Hyundai certainly isn't giving up on hydrogen as an alternative fuel source, as it's just unveiled a new generation FCEV it's planning to offer for sale next year.

Hyundai already has one FCEV available in the shape of the Tucson Fuel Cell (ix35), although its availability is extremely limited both in terms of numbers and geographically. Now the South Korean manufacturer has given us an advance look at its next-generation fuel cell vehicle, well in advance of the new SUV's official launch early in 2018.

Through a specially-arranged preview event held in the Korean capital of Seoul, the close-to-production-ready model showed off its impressive capabilities as well as its futuristic design. The new model doesn't have a name yet, but it embodies Hyundai's ongoing commitment to a new era for advanced eco-friendly vehicle technology and development.
Four key areas of FCEV technology are addressed by this fourth-generation Hyundai fuel cell -- fuel cell system efficiency, performance (maximum output), durability, and tank storage density.

The new model has a fuel efficiency level of 60 percent, which is a 9 percent increase over the Hyundai Tucson's 55.3 percent, and the maximum output has been increased by 20 percent over and above its predecessor to an impressive 163PS.

Thanks to new highly durable catalyst technology, the new generation FCEV also has greater durability than the current generation. And instead of two differently-sized fuel tanks as in the current Hyundai FCEVs, the new version utilizes three tanks, all similarly-sized and made of more advanced plastics to reduce thickness.

Hyundai's new hydrogen-powered SUV will be fully revealed next year in Korea, with European and North American markets following shortly afterwards. As well as the advanced fuel cell technology, the new model will also feature a number of driver assistance technologies, details of which will be disclosed in January at the 2018 CES, along with the official name for the new model.
 
Nitin Gadkari bats for methanol as ship fuel, to approach Union Cabinet PDF Print E-mail


 Eight days ago we had a meeting (with veteran scientist and Niti Aayog member V K Saraswat) where we decided that if marine engines are run on methanol, it can be import substitute, cost-effective and pollution-free," the minister said.

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Nitin Gadkari bats for methanol as ship fuel, to approach Union Cabinet

Mumbai: Union minister Nitin Gadkari today said the government is considering a proposal to allow use of methanol as a fuel for ships, which he said would be a cheaper, cleaner and forex-saving alternative to diesel.

"We are studying deeply how to use methanol as a marine fuel and will be going before the Cabinet soon," he told reporters here.

"Eight days ago we had a meeting (with veteran scientist and Niti Aayog member V K Saraswat) where we decided that if marine engines are run on methanol, it can be import substitute, cost-effective and pollution-free," the minister said.

Saraswat examined a proposal to build 40 bunkers of liquefied natural gas along the river Ganga as part of the inland waterways project, and suggested methanol as an alternative (to LNG), Gadkari said.

Against Rs 60 for a litre of diesel, methanol would cost Rs 20-25, while its calorific value is better than that of diesel, he said, adding "the biggest priority for us is how to reduce the cost of fuel."

The minister also quipped that loss-making civic transport undertaking BEST of Mumbai can cut its losses if it starts running its buses on methanol.

Methanol is used as fuel in several countries, he said, recounting his travel on a cruise ship in Sweden which ran on 100 per cent methanol.

As the fuel is derived from coal, switch-over to methanol would benefit India, a coal surplus country, he said.

The fuel can be sourced from fertiliser companies such as RCF and Deepak Fertilisers located in or near Mumbai, one of the biggest maritime trade hubs in the country, he said.

Swedish automaker Volvo has built trucks running on methanol while Wartsila has made an engine running on 100 per cent methanol, he said.

Existing diesel engines can be converted into methanol ones by fitting a kit, similar to the one used to convert petrol or diesel engines into Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) engines, he said. AA KRK
 
800 TPD Waste to Energy Project for Everbright in Shandong Province, China PDF Print E-mail

$51M ENERGY FROM WASTE PLANT TO BE BUILT IN TWO PHASES

 

800 TPD Waste to Energy Project for Everbright in Shandong Province, China

China Everbright International Limited has secured the Qihe waste to energy project in Shandong Province, China.

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China Everbright International Limited (HKSE: 00257) has secured the Qihe waste to energy project in Shandong Province, China.

The Hong Kong based company said that project will be developed and constructed on a BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) model for a concession period of 30 years.

The waste to energy project, which will be constructed in two phases and is designed to have a total daily waste processing capacity of 800 tonnes and gas emissions  tofully comply with the Euro 2010 Standard.

Phase I has a designed daily household waste processing capacity of 500 tonnes, commands a total investment of approximately RMB345 million ($51 million), and is expected to generate approximately 70,000 MWh of electricity annually.

As an important traffic hub of Shandong Province, Qihe County has seen its local economy grow rapidly in recent years, which has increased the amount of household waste produced as residents’ lives have improved. According to Everbright, the introduction of waste to energy will assist the urbanisation process within the county and enhance the county’s ability to develop sustainably.

“Qihe Project is the 18th waste to energy project which Everbright International has invested in Shandong Province, and it is Qihe County’s very first project of this kind,” commented Mr. Hu Yanguo, CEO of Environmental Energy Sector at Everbright International.

“In line with its commitment to social responsibility, Everbright International will establish the Project as a demonstration waste to energy project that meets the highest standards. In addition, the Group will proactively utilise resources from the surrounding area including Ji’nan City to make the best of the synergy within the area and achieve optimal economic, environmental and social benefits,” he concluded.

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$95m Waste to Energy Deal for Everbright in Leshan, China
China Everbright has signed a $95 million concession agreement for a household waste to energy project with the People's Government of Leshan City in Sichuan Province.

Everbright to Develop 750 TPD Waste to Energy Expansion in Shandgon, China
China Everbright International (HKSE: 00257) has won the bid for a 750 tonne per day waste to energy project in Shandgon, China.

Everbright Begins Operations at 600 TPD Shandong Rizhao Waste to Energy Plant
China Everbright International, a Hong Kong based waste to energy developer, has completes construction of its 600 tonne per day Shandong Rizhao energy recovery facility in China.

 
Self-fuelled hydrogen boat Energy Observer embarks on 6-year world trip PDF Print E-mail

The boat uses a combination of solar panels, wind turbines, and a hydrogen fuel cell system

Energy Observer boatEnergy Observer embarks on a six-year world tripGetty

Energy Observer, a self-fuelled boat, has embarked on a six-year voyage around the world in hopes of testing energies of the future in extreme environments and serving as a model for emissions-free travel through technological innovation.

The $5.25m ship, originally used for open-sea sailing races, left Paris on 15 July and is headed towards the Atlantic. It will depend on clean energy throughout the journey, which will span across 50 countries and have 101 stopovers.

The 100-foot-long vessel uses a combination of solar panels, wind turbines and a hydrogen fuel cell system to power its engine. It deploys Sun and wind energy during the day and taps into hydrogen reservoirs during the night. The Energy Observer plans to open a path of autonomous navigation with hydrogen produced on board through electrolysis of sea water, without greenhouse gas emissions. In other words, more than a mode of transport, the boat is serving as a laboratory of the new energy model.

On the website of the project titled "The first hydrogen ship around the world", Captain Victorien Erussard said: "There is no silver bullet to fight against global warming: there are solutions, which we must learn to make work between them. This is what we do with Energy Observer: to bring together the energies of nature, but also of our society, bringing together around this boat, the know-how of companies, laboratories, start-ups and institutions." Erussard will be leading the expedition along with naval explorer Jérome Delafosse.

The Energy Observer team plans to dock in "capitals already engaged in the energy transition, places with ecosystem threatened, major international events, Unesco World Heritage sites, places destined to disappear, and nature reserves".

 
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