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Whilst much has been made of UK engineering’s response to the Covid-19 crisis, there’s a growing sense that this impressive mobilisation of the manufacturing base is merely a dress-rehearsal for an even more daunting challenge: reducing the UK’s carbon emissions to nothing by 2050.





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Bob Meinetz on Jul 1, 2020

Charley, from your link:

"The five year REFHYNE project which kicked off in 2018, will see a 10MW electrolyser, consisting of two 5MW modules, integrated into refinery processes such as desulphurisation and hydrocracking. The system is expected to supply around 1300 tonnes of hydrogen per year, which is around one per cent of the plant’s annual hydrogen needs.

Once up and running, the facility will become the largest green hydrogen production facility in the world..."

Hydrogen production at the REFHYNE project, located onsite at an oil refinery, will require electricity generated by burning coal / gas on the German grid, then using that to electrolyze water. At 6% roundtrip efficiency, the process will create 94% more emissions than German customers would create by skipping it entirely and using the electricity themselves.

Shell's hydrogen won't be green at all, or even brown. It will be (to borrow the name of my son's rock band) "Neon Black" - because the company's REFHYNE process, quite literally, is designed to waste fossil fuel.

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Charley Rattan on Jul 2, 2020

The sooner the Gris is greened the better. It’s happening in the UK.

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