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thyssenkrupp nucera named preferred electrolyser supplier for green methanol project

thyssenkrupp nucera has been named as preferred electrolyser supplier for a 260MW green hydrogen-to-methanol project in Tasmania, Australia.

Project development firm ABEL Energy named the German electrolyser OEM as preferred supplier for its flagship Bell Bay Powerfuels project which looks to produce 300,000 tonnes of green methanol from green hydrogen per year for use in the shipping industry.

Scheduled to start operations by 2028, the plant will combine water electrolysis with synthesis gas from a biomass gasifier to produce green methanol, using renewable power from hydro and new wind production assets.

Currently offering 20MW alkaline electrolyser modules, thyssenkrupp nucera recently announced plans to commercialise solid oxide electrolysis (SOEC) technology with Fraunhofer IKTS, with a view to meeting demand in high-heat industrial applications.

Read more: thyssenkrupp nucera looks to commercialise SOEC tech with Fraunhofer IKTS

However, Rhys Tucker, Chief Technology Officer at ABEL Energy, said the company’s Scalum-branded alkaline electrolysers are “well suited” to the Bell Bay project’s requirements.

Dr. Johann Rinnhofer, CEO of thyssenkrupp nucera Australia, added the project underscored the relevance of selecting electrolysis technology which matches the operational and economic needs of large-scale hydrogen projects.

thyssenkrupp nucera, which completed an IPO last July (2023) to hit the Frankfurt Stock Exchange with a valuation of over €2.5bn ($2.7bn), has been named as a supplier of electrolysers to NEOM’s 2.2GW green hydrogen project and H2 Green Steel’s 700MW hydrogen plant.

Navigating stormy waters

new insight brief series from the Global Maritime Forum identifies four actions that shipping can take now to support its transition to a sustainable and resilient zero-emission future. It calls for better transparency and standardisation of performance data; scaling up pilots and best practices; contractual changes to encourage virtual arrival practices when there is a delay at the discharge port; and policies and regulations to enable new business models.

Eman Abdalla, Global Operations & Supply Chain Director at Cargill Ocean Transportation, one of the largest transporters of dry and bulk cargo in the world, said, “We need to clean up shipping supply chains and optimise our operations. To do this, we must collaborate, standardise, and be transparent.” 

Collaboration, standardisation, acceleration. There are certain words which crop up time and again in shipping. What is less tangible is action, which is urgently needed if the industry is to come close to meeting decarbonisation targets – and given up to 90% of international trade is transported by sea, we all have skin in the game.

The inherent problem is most ships are ordered years in advance; new low-carbon technologies can’t be switched on and scaled up in the time it takes to publish a report; and curiously, for most people, it remains hidden in plain sight, unlike aviation which everyone can see and relate to. It bobs along when environmentally, it needs to be full steam ahead…

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