In January 2017, a group of 13 CEOs and executives gathered in Davos, Switzerland, to launch the Hydrogen Council, with an ambition to "position hydrogen among the key solutions for the energy transition." More than four years later, no one can argue that the initiative is anything but a resounding success. Whether you believe the frenzy is justified or overhyped, hydrogen is now top of mind for anyone with a stake in the global energy transition.
Using our news commentary feature, we have been tracking key developments in the hydrogen sector. These innovation-related events range from partnerships and investments to recent R&D and policies. Each news commentary includes information about the companies involved and our take on the development.
The news trend analysis is one of the main factors shaping the Lux Energy Team's hydrogen outlook for 2021 and beyond. In the below figure, we analyze the Q3 2021 activity in the hydrogen economy.
Here, in a series of six posts, we will take a look back at the "Truly Disruptive" and "Very Important" developments in the hydrogen economy over the past three months in addition to the most read and discussed innovation-related events. In this post, we focus on developments in the heat and power space:
Wärtsilä advances hydrogen and ammonia combustion engines for power plant and marine applications. The Finnish engine manufacturer has performed full-scale tests with hydrogen and ammonia, reporting results on 70% ammonia content and 100% hydrogen operation. Wärtsilä aims to roll out prototypes of a pure hydrogen engine by 2025 and a pure ammonia engine in 2023.
Caterpillar to offer 100% hydrogen gensets. Caterpillar announced that it will roll out generator sets that can operate on 100% hydrogen in late 2021. In the near term, the company will launch commercially available power generation solutions that can be configured to operate on natural gas blended with up to 25% hydrogen.
HyDeploy shows 20% hydrogen blending in natural gas network is feasible. The British initiative blended up to 20% hydrogen in a closed gas network that services 130 residential and commercial buildings – the project found that no modifications to downstream appliances were necessary.
Did you miss the last post in the series? Check out the hydrogen economy updates in the generation space from Q3 2021 here. Stay tuned for the next post covering Q3 developments in industry.