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Hydrogen

Hydrogen and its derivatives including ammonia are widely considered a cornerstone of our global energy transition, climate change actions, and sustainable energy security. With more than 70 countries currently committed to reaching net-zero, renewable energy development is rapidly increasing and becoming more widespread. To reach our 2050 climate goals, critical work is required in securing the supply and resilience of these increasing renewable energy systems, including new routes to markets, alternative fuel production, increasing shares of renewable electricity, mitigating risk of curtailment, and opening access to countries with as yet limited green energy resources. Delivering net-zero also requires decarbonisation at scale of the full value chain of an energy project, including production, support infrastructure and energy transportation. 

Lead contact:

Nguyen Dinh

Head of Hydrogen

Green Hydrogen – a highly versatile, clean and safe energy carrier, produces zero emissions at the point of consumption. For this reason, hydrogen can benefit various sectors including renewables, maritime, oil & gas, and other industries boasting four key opportunities:

  • As energy storage or as an energy carrier, green hydrogen (produced from renewable energy sources via electrolysis or other methods) can improve potentially electricity grid stability and broaden access to net-zero energy resources
  • Alternative fuels can power ships and heavy-duty vehicles helping the decarbonization of the maritime industry, mobile/transportation sectors, and other industries.
  • Higher capacity of hydrogen and ammonia transport/export could be allowed by ships and/or pipelines
  • Carbon capture, utilization, and large-scale storage of CO2, hydrogen and ammonia

Many countries are rapidly recognising the potential hydrogen can offer. The EU issued its hydrogen strategy in 2021, calling for 6 GW of capacity by 2024 and 40 GW by 2030. But, as with all new technologies, the development and integration of hydrogen are not without their challenges.

Opportunities with Green Hydrogen

100% sustainable: does not emit pollutants at combustion or production

Storable: easy to store, enabling more widespread and versatile consumption, and variable transmission as per supply and demand 

Versatile: can be transformed into electricity or synthetic gas and used for commercial, industrial or mobility purposes

Challenges with Green Hydrogen

High cost: generated from the electrolysis of renewable energy sources, means its cost-competitiveness is dependent as well on the cost-competitiveness of the energy resource

High energy consumption: hydrogen production in general and green hydrogen, in particular, requires more energy than other fuels

Safety: volatile and flammable. Therefore, extensive safety measures need to be taken throughout the life-cycle of a project

Our services in hydrogen

ABL Group companies offer specialised technical services in consulting and engineering to cover the full life-cycle of a hydrogen project, with experience across hydrogen production, storage and transportation projects.

The value we bring to hydrogen projects

Multidisciplinary expertise covering renewable energy, electrical engineering, vessel design & naval architecture, subsea engineering, civil engineering and more

Turnkey solutions and service offering support from initial planning to development, through to installation

Market knowledge and technical know-how to drive cost-efficiencies throughout your project

HSEQ and loss prevention expertise for early risk mitigation

Our hydrogen project experience

+30

hydrogen projects

ABL Group’s project track record across hydrogen production, transportation and storage.

Roadmap, strategy, policy and business plan

  • Marine Hydrogen Energy consultant for Asian Development Bank
  • OPHARM – Offshore Hydrogen Analysis and Roadmap
  • Floating Wind and green hydrogen – Franco-Scottish wind-hydrogen collaboration
  • Offshore wind & hydrogen production development roadmap

Hydrogen production & integration with renewable plants

  • Green hydrogen production barge concept design
  • NEOM Green Hydrogen Project – Saudi Arabia
  • Feasibility study of hydrogen production – battery – fuel cell and renewable energy
  • Coupling renewable power plants – electrolysers – markets

Hydrogen & Ammonia applications, storage and transportation

  • Application of hydrogen, ammonia and methanol to decarbonise Indonesia’s transport sector
  • Concept and detailed design of Europe’s first hydrogen fuel-cell emissions-free seagoing ferry – HYSEAS III

Hydrogen infrastructure and safety

  • Fuelcell manufacturer representative
  • Assessment of electrolysers & power system services
  • Repurposing of existing natural gas networks to carry a 10% blend of hydrogen

Related News & Media

The Energy Trilemma – Does the Need for Energy Security Derail the Energy Transition?

Nov 23, 2022
At ADIPEC 2022 in Abu Dhabi a few weeks ago, ABL Group’s global managing director of renewables, John MacAskill was invited to contribute to a panel answering the question ‘The Energy Trilemma – Does the Need for Energy Security Derail the Energy Transition?’. John’s initial reaction was “of course not”. But in reality, it is […]