TPG has enjoyed progress back to 7p but the sp has still not really taken off. Not much hard news to report but marketing activity has been strong.
One interesting new angle is the proposal to use its PEM electrolysis technology to generate hydrogen from seawater powered by green energy eg wind turbine or solar when there is surplus capacity. I think the underlying process is similar to how CO2 scrubbers work. Not aware whether TP Group has yet deployed engineered solutions which are generating hydrogen fuel, unless there are bespoke installations.
For examples of applications how about a carbon-neutral plant producing zero-carbon fuel which can be stored, piped or transported, for isolated military stations, arctic research vessels, eco-friendly tourist resorts …
I can imagine this being locally attractive, eg generating hydrogen as a replacement gas (liquified?) fuel for onsite operations in remote places. But how do you safely generate, store and ship hydrogen in strategically useful quantities from offshore windfarms to make it available for use in homes, cars, factories as a replacement for natural gas or LPG?
Ah! Maybe you don’t. Maybe the surplus electricity at times of low demand is delivered onshore or cross-country over existing cable connections. So the hydrogen generator plant can be co-located at places where there is an abundance of (sea)water and where there are existing connections to a gas storage facility and to the transmission network. For example where there are existing terminals for LNG shipping, refineries etc.
Or co-locate the hydrogen generation plant where there is a business case to replace the natural gas used by heavy industry. Beyond nationwide demand for domestic heating who and where are the major industrial consumers of natural gas like makers of glass, metals … other than power stations turning it back into electricity I mean, what would be the point of that! The point would be that accumulated hydrogen from surplus wind power could be a greener capacity option alongside / instead of other methods of responding to short-notice peak grid demand eg replacing natural gas at standby power stations.
Being early-to-market with a scalable solution to replace natural gas with hydrogen sounds like an exciting prospect in the race to zero-carbon, especially if it is a simple replacement making use of all the existing insfrastructure.
Could hydrogen at last become a viable alternative fuel for vehicles?
Would hydrogen piped to my kitchen hob instead of natural gas be viable?
A zero-carbon solution for air transport? Does hydrogen (liquified ?) have the energy density, which batteries do not have anywhere near, to replace avcat jet fuel … or would the need to develop new engine technology be a barrier.
Like I said this is interesting but early speculation. A lot would depend on cost engineering to make this a viable prospect in competition with big oil, it is possible that this idea has appeal in many applications.
Perhaps a smart minded scientist or procurement officer in MoD or some such benificent technology development agency might like to step in and commission a demonstrator programme?