February 26, 2024

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Zero-Carbon by 2035: US’ DOE to Prioritise Clean Hydrogen Electricity

The United States Department of Energy has recently announced its merely US$25 Million Fund to support the six research and development projects to study the advancement of clean hydrogen technologies for electricity generation.

Across the Department, we’re working to make clean energy sources like hydrogen more affordable and accessible to help decarbonise America’s electrical grid and directly combat climate change.

– Jennifer M. Granholm, U.S. Secretary of Energy.

Jennifer stated that public-private collaborations have just been established to assist the US President’s initiatives to address climate change, increase renewable energy consumption, and generate good-paying clean energy employment for Americans. This includes better carbon dioxide (CO2) linking with hydrogen production from carbon-based resources, as well as technology to utilise hydrogen more effectively in gas turbines for power generation.

The six industry-sponsored initiatives will expedite the development of solutions to increase the performance, reliability, and flexibility of existing and future hydrogen technologies. Clean hydrogen electricity will contribute to President Biden’s objective of achieving a zero-carbon American power sector by 2035.

When coupled with oxygen in a fuel cell, the combustion of hydrogen results in the production of electricity, as well as the by-products of water and heat. Hydrogen is an environmentally friendly fuel that can be produced through a wide variety of low-carbon pathways, such as using domestic resources like as natural gas and waste coal, in conjunction with carbon capture and storage; through the use of biomass; and through the use of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.

Because of these features, it is an appealing option for use as a fuel in the generation of electrical power and in industrial applications, such as in the construction industry and in manufacturing. The selected projects will be managed by DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), which is part of the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM). These are:

One organisation will complete an engineering design study for a new hydrogen production plant that produces 99.97% pure hydrogen while capturing 90% – 99% of CO2 emissions. The hydrogen will be transported and stored at the Painter Reservoir Gas Complex in Evanston, Wyoming.

The Gas Technology Institute (Des Plaines, IL) will investigate the use of ammonia-hydrogen fuel mixtures in gas turbines to potentially increase ammonia’s use as a clean, low-carbon fuel for electricity generation.

To explore and address combustion problems associated with burning extremely reactive hydrogen fuels, another company will design and test gas turbine components with natural gas-hydrogen fuel combinations of up to 100% hydrogen. In addition, another branch of the company will investigate the functioning of hydrogen-fuelled turbine components, which could significantly enhance gas turbine efficiency for both simple-cycle and combined-cycle power generation applications.

A Research Centre will design and evaluate the effectiveness of natural gas turbine engine components in high-temperature rigs with increasing hydrogen content using natural gas-hydrogen fuel mixtures. At the same time, they will research, develop, and test an ammonia-fired gas turbine combustor with minimal nitrous oxide emissions, robust operability, stability and efficiency better than 99.99 per cent.

The President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides US$8 billion for hydrogen hubs. Leveraging FECM’s past project investments – it sponsors R&D, demonstration, and deployment initiatives to decarbonise power generation and industrial production to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and minimise fossil fuel production and use’s environmental repercussions.

Priorities include point-source carbon capture, carbon dioxide conversion, carbon dioxide removal, reliable carbon storage and transport, hydrogen with carbon management, methane emissions reduction, and essential minerals extraction.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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