The energy future starts today with Green Hydrogen
With electricity prices breaking historical records and the climate emergency knocking on the door, the need to multiply the production capacity of clean energy is today more urgent than ever.
But large-scale renewable energy generation will be more efficient if it has an accumulator for the energy produced when there is no consumption. The transformation of renewable energy into hydrogen makes it possible to have a product that can be stored, transported and fueled without the emission of polluting gases.
The European Union has repeatedly declared its firm intention to be climate neutral by 2050. Green hydrogen has become a key element to achieve full decarbonisation, but to reach this ambitious goal, in the next ten years we need to triple the generation of clean energy and multiply by 40 the generation of hydrogen.
Public administrations are going to play a fundamental role in the development of this technology, with the promotion of policies that encourage its R&D, investment in distribution networks, the development of ecosystems that coordinate all the companies in the hydrogen value chain and the consolidation of policies that ensure the market’s demand for hydrogen in the future.
WHAT IS GREEN HYDROGEN?
Green hydrogen comes from an electrolysis reaction produced in the H2O molecule thanks to the 100% participation of renewable energy, with a zero carbon footprint. Hence its name green hydrogen, as opposed to blue or gray hydrogen.
Pioneers in the comprehensive management of hydrogen projects
The energy future starts today
Of the Offshore Generation
Wind energy being the green energy par excellence, the saturation of onshore wind turbine parks is producing growing social rejection, due to the environmental impact and visual pollution they produce. As an alternative, offshore wind power will increase fivefold in its current production in Europe in the next decade, going on to play a decisive role in countries with long coastlines, such as Spain.
To make the most of offshore wind generation, in periods when demand is lower, it is necessary to have energy storage technologies. In times of low demand, the electrolyser installations at the foot of offshore wind farms allow the storage of excess energy by generating hydrogen. This produces a storable product that can release energy in a controlled manner.
The waves, the corrosive effect of the water and the costs of infrastructure support solutions make it difficult to develop offshore wind power. Its location away from the coast and without displaced personnel requires very high operational reliability. The transport of hydrogen to land, either by umbilical or by means of ships, entails high operating costs.
A balance must be considered between the best wind profile available in the area, the best support/foundation solution, the means of transport to be used for hydrogen, and the possibilities of bunkering. In the operation phase, a complete monitoring and remote operation of all the elements contributes to savings in operating costs, the anticipation of failures and unforeseen stops and an increase in the safety of operations.
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Challenges and Solutions of GREEN HYDROGEN
Green Hydrogen provides important advantages
STORAGE, TRANSPORT AND DISTRIBUTION CHALLENGE
Today, storage, transportation and distribution can account for more than 50% of the total cost of the hydrogen chain, so one of the main challenges in scaling up its use will be the development of technologies that make it cheaper these stages.
Blending alleviates the problem of transportation and distribution, but it does not serve as a long-term solution to large-scale production. On the other hand, the reuse of the existing gas network is feasible in certain circumstances – such as land transport in high-pressure pipelines – but maritime transport presents more serious difficulties.
Green hydrogen storage, as gas under pressure or in liquid state, can be located at the foot of solar or wind farms or at any other point of renewable electricity generation, forming a high-performance facility.
HIGH VALUE ADDED
Hydrogen can be stored for long periods of time, which allows energy management based on consumption, which provides a high added value.
4th Industrial Revolution
Digital Twins, a key element of the 4th Industrial Revolution, are 3D virtual replicas that respond exactly the same as the realities they pretend to simulate. They do the same as their Real Twin when faced with external stimuli. With this, they allow us to anticipate possible problems by analyzing all possible scenarios without the dangers that this may entail in real facilities or plants.
BOSLAN can offer with this technology a better solution to the needs of its clients in the development of green hydrogen generation associated with wind energy
Transversal to all engineering specialties
Cut operating costs, increase the safety of operations and shorten development times.
“Experimental Development for the Transport and Logistics of Hydrogen generated in Offshore Wind Farms”
Feasibility analysis to improve localization
Development of a Digital Twin that allows analyzing capital and operating costs throughout their life cycle
BOSLAN leads the HYSHORE project
Experimental Development for the Transport and Logistics of Hydrogen generated in Offshore Wind Farms” belonging to the HAZITEK program to support business R&D of the Basque Government. HYSHORE brings together analysis of viability for the best location of an offshore green hydrogen generation facility, and includes the development of a Digital Twin that also allows the analysis of capital and operating costs throughout their life cycle, forecasting amortizations based on the fluctuations of the electricity market, of the wind profiles and of the commercialized green hydrogen.
Own know-how of the best solutions for the generation and transport of hydrogen in the marine environment
This project analyzes the technical feasibility of green hydrogen bunkering in offshore generation platforms. Alternatively, the feasibility of connecting green hydrogen platforms to land through umbilical conduits on the seabed for onshore storage is analyzed, as well as the feasibility of loading hydrogen into carrier vessels as a short-term solution.