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Blue Hydrogen Project: Shell Blue Hydrogen Process Wins Humber H2ub Contract

Here’s an article posted in Chem Eng Online.

According to the article,

  • Shell Blue Hydrogen Process wins Humber H2ub process design package contract
  • The process design package aims to develop a highly competitive and efficient hydrogen production system
  • The Humber H2ub project is a significant step towards a sustainable and low-carbon hydrogen economy

Additional details about this post:

Shell Blue Hydrogen is a key player in both blue hydrogen and green hydrogen sectors, utilizing distinct methodologies to produce low-carbon hydrogen. In blue hydrogen, Shell implements carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology to mitigate emissions, while in green hydrogen, they rely on renewable energy sources for electrolysis. Here’s a deeper dive into their activities in both realms:

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Blue Hydrogen:

Projects: Shell is involved in several notable blue hydrogen projects worldwide. One prominent example is the “Northern Lights” project in Norway, where they are partnering to develop CCS infrastructure for hydrogen production.

Capacity: Shell aims to scale up its blue hydrogen production significantly. By 2025, they plan to have the capacity to produce over 3.5 million tonnes of blue hydrogen per year.

Carbon Capture: Their CCS technology captures and stores CO2 emissions generated during the hydrogen production process, preventing them from entering the atmosphere. This significantly reduces the carbon footprint associated with blue hydrogen.
Investments: Shell has made substantial investments in blue hydrogen infrastructure, including pipelines and storage facilities, to support the growth of this sector.

Green Hydrogen:

Renewable Energy Integration: Shell is actively integrating renewable energy sources into their hydrogen production processes. They are leveraging wind and solar power to drive electrolysis, separating hydrogen from water without emitting greenhouse gases.

Electrolyzer Capacity: The company is investing in electrolyzer capacity to ramp up green hydrogen production. By 2030, they aim to have a total electrolyzer capacity of over 500 megawatts.

Partnerships: Shell collaborates with renewable energy companies and grid operators to ensure a stable and sustainable supply of electricity for green hydrogen production.
Technological Innovation: Shell is exploring advanced electrolysis technologies, such as proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzers, to improve efficiency and reduce costs in green hydrogen production.

Synergies and Future Outlook:

Hydrogen Blending: Shell is exploring opportunities for hydrogen blending in natural gas pipelines, which could facilitate the gradual transition to low-carbon energy systems.

Transportation: They are actively involved in the development of hydrogen fueling infrastructure for transportation, including heavy-duty vehicles and maritime vessels, to promote the adoption of hydrogen as a clean energy source.

Global Impact: Shell’s initiatives in blue and green hydrogen align with global efforts to decarbonize industries such as steelmaking, refining, and chemicals manufacturing, contributing to the transition to a more sustainable energy landscape.

Some of the interesting questions we have regarding this stuff:

What specific technological innovations does Shell’s blue hydrogen process bring to the Humber H2UB project?

How does the integration of the blue hydrogen process impact the overall sustainability goals of the Humber region?

What are the projected economic and environmental impacts of implementing the blue hydrogen process in large-scale projects like the Humber H2UB?

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About Narasimhan Santhanam (Narsi)

Narsi, a Director at EAI, Co-founded one of India's first climate tech consulting firm in 2008.

Since then, he has assisted over 250 Indian and International firms, across many climate tech domain Solar, Bio-energy, Green hydrogen, E-Mobility, Green Chemicals.

Narsi works closely with senior and top management corporates and helps then devise strategy and go-to-market plans to benefit from the fast growing Indian Climate tech market.


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