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Hydrogen

Hydrogen is widely considered a cornerstone of our global energy transition. With more than 70 countries 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 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 support infrastructure and energy transportation.

Hydrogen – a highly versatile, clean and safe energy carrier, producing zero emissions at the point of combustion, boasts four key opportunities, which address net-zero modes of storage, transportation and production, with potential benefits for renewables, maritime and oil & gas sectors:

  • Green Hydrogen: Produced via electrolysis of renewable energy resources for energy storage or as an energy carrier, both improving grid stability and broadening access to net-zero energy resources
  • Alternative fuel to power shipping and decarbonise maritime sectors
  • Transporting renewable energy as hydrogen or ammonia by ships and/or pipelines
  • Blue Hydrogen: Producing from natural gas with carbon capture

    Contact our Renewables experts

    Lead contact:

    Nguyen Dinh

    Head of Hydrogen

    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

    +20

    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
    • Irish 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 into the HydroGlen Project
    • 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

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    Sector(s) of interest

    Renewables

    Maritime

    Oil & Gas