Gas Processing & LNG is Produced by Gulf Publishing Holdings LLC



Germany's hydrogen dream needs gas for transition

 Germany needs natural gas in its energy mix while it develops a market for so-called "green" hydrogen based on renewable power, the boss of Wintershall said.

Germany is hoping to develop large-scale green hydrogen by using wind and solar electricity to make synthetic fuels for industry, energy and transport sectors and has launched a 9 billion euro ($10.64 billion) hydrogen strategy up to 2030.

"As long as green hydrogen is not available in sufficient volumes and at attractive prices, we also need hydrogen from natural gas in order to establish the market quickly," Mario Mehren, chief executive of gas and oil producer Wintershall , said.

For more updates on Hydrogen visit H2Tech

"It’s my conviction that green hydrogen will benefit from a mature market in the long term," Mehren said at the annual conference of power and gas lobby BDEW, implying that gas-derived hydrogen would help it to arrive at that stage.

Green hydrogen is derived from renewable sources which could include offshore wind powering floating electrolysis plants. Hydrogen extracted using natural gas is known as "grey" hydrogen.

The question of how best to reach Germany's hydrogen goal has been plagued by rows over the timing and the use of different hydrogen "colours."

Some environmental lobbies want green hydrogen or nothing, while energy companies are offering plans for interim steps, including schemes for carbon capture and storage (CCS).

CCS enables emissions from industry to be captured and stored in depleted sub-sea hydrocarbon fields, where Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands are far advanced.

Germany's major political parties, which are in the midst of an election campaign, are all in favour a hydrogen market.

Christian Bruch, CEO of Siemens Energy said any new government needed to makes hydrogen rules simple and offer money for investments in plants and their operations.

Siemens was aiming to enable all its gas-to-power turbines to run on hydrogen in the long term by making them "hydrogen-ready" now.

But gas-to-power burning - which has half the carbon emissions of coal - had years of operations left, especially in overseas markets, he said.

But lobby groups Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) and Urgewalt criticised the German government for its alleged support of fossil fuels, arguing that "the climate harming effect of gas is scientifically proven."

 

($1 = 0.8457 euros) (Reporting by Vera Eckert, editing by Jane Merriman)


Copyright © 2019. All market data is provided by Barchart Solutions. Futures: at least a 10 minute delay. Information is provided 'as is' and solely for informational purposes, not for trading purposes or advice. To see all exchange delays and terms of use, please see disclaimer.

                                  CMEGroup                                     Icelogo

FEATURED COLUMNS

Editorial Comment
-Adrienne Blume
Worldwide, small-scale LNG liquefaction capacity is expected to expand by 30% over the next 4 yr, increasing from 33.9 MMtpy in 2021 to 43.92 MMtpy in 2025.
Industry Focus: LPG sector poised for sustainable fuel transformation
-Gordon Feller
Like virtually all industries, the liquified petroleum gas (LPG) sector was challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic throughout 2020.


Throughput optimization for pipelines and gas plants

Register Now

Many processes within oil and gas pipelines and processing plants depend on maintaining specific temperatures and pressures at which the process fluids are liquids or gases. In addition, anytime water is a component in the process fluid hydrates can form and plug piping and vessels. Learn how Sensia’s Throughput optimization solution allows operators, and control systems to “see inside” the process in real time to understand where the facility is operating with respect to critical physical constants, including the phase envelope and hydrate temperature. This insight allows for more stable operation, reduced energy expenditure and associated emissions, and greater facility throughput. Case studies will include controlling methanol injection, managing heaters, virtual sensors for sulfur recovery units and more.

April 1, 2021 10:00 AM CDT

Register Now

 

Please read our Term and Conditions, Cookies Policy, and Privacy Policy before using the site. All material subject to strictly enforced copyright laws.
© 2021 Gulf Publishing Holdings LLC.