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How Will Ocean Energy Lead Us To A Better Future?
How Will Ocean Energy Lead Us To A Better Future? 1024 576 H2Heat Project

source of original text: euronews.com


Leaders in the renewable energy sector explained to Euronews Correspondent Denis Loctier, how Europe can make better use of its surrounding waters to generate a reliable and sustainable source of electricity.

The world’s oceans, covering approximately 70 per cent of the planet’s surface, are, for the most part, an untapped energy source. However, Wavepiston, a global leader in wave energy solutions, wants to change all that by harnessing the power of the ocean.

The Danish company has created high-power water pipes with the support of the European Union. The natural movement of the waves generates clean energy with the help of underwater plates and a turbine.

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The device is currently undergoing a year-long test off the coast of Gran Canaria in the Atlantic Ocean. The method is intentionally simple but effective, cutting down on costly offshore repairs. The seawater, once pumped to land, serves two purposes; it can be used to generate clean energy or desalinated to create fresh water. 

Michael Henriksen, the CEO and founder of Wavepiston told Euronews that it is important to have these pipes relatively close to the shore to make energy conversion easier. Unlike wind turbines, which some argue are unsightly and obstruct areas of natural beauty, these pipes are underwater and therefore don’t obstruct the view.

The energy converters and desalination components are located at an offshore research facility called the PLOCAN platform. Here, Wavepiston has access to a power grid and a wide range of tools. The company uses plates made of polypropylene, a material that can bend without snapping and withstand stormy conditions without breaking down. 

Press Conference of H2Heat
This is the first Press Conference
This is the first Press Conference 1024 678 H2Heat Project

PLOCAN leads the H2Heat project for the production and utilization of hydrogen for heating from marine renewable energy sources.

The Canary Islands Ocean Platform (PLOCAN) is at the forefront of a consortium comprising eleven institutions and companies from Spain, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Estonia, and Ukraine. This collaboration is aimed at developing a project known as H2Heat, focused on harnessing renewable marine resources to produce hydrogen for heating and electricity generation. The primary application will be at the Insular Maternal and Child Hospital Complex in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

The Panelists

Present at a press conference today were Javier Franco Hormiga, Director of the Canary Islands Agency for Research, Innovation, and Information Society (ACIISI); José Joaquín Hernández Brito, Director of PLOCAN; Raúl Falcón, Deputy Director of Sustainability Management and Ecological Transition at the Canary Islands Health Service (SCS); and Gordon Dalton, Coordinator of the European project “Innovative Production of Renewable Energy Vectors for Heating from Renewable Energies (H2Heat).” The project aims to utilize offshore wind energy to generate manageable green hydrogen for heat production, thereby reducing fossil fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

H2Heat - Press release

The consortium participants have commenced a three-day work session for the project’s launch. With a budget of 13 million euros, of which 10 million is contributed by the European Union, and a duration of 5 years, the overarching goal is to demonstrate the complete value chain of green hydrogen (H2) heating for commercial buildings. These buildings are responsible for 40% of total energy consumption and 36% of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU, with 79% attributed to water heating and air conditioning.

“We will harness offshore wind energy from the ELICAN project to produce renewable, sustainable, and locally sourced hydrogen energy, from the oceans to hospitals,” emphasized Director of the ACIISI. He stressed the importance of renovating buildings to reduce energy consumption and emissions, as buildings surpass land transport in this regard.

The Director of PLOCAN expressed satisfaction with the substantial involvement of Canarian partners in the project and underscored the importance of testing various technologies related to the blue economy, ocean observation, biodiversity, and the digital transition in the Canary Islands, which will enhance competitiveness.

He also announced the plan to commence hydrogen production, ranging between 100 and 200 kilograms, by the end of 2025. He extended gratitude to the Canarian Health Service for their collaboration, as it plays a central role in the healthcare system’s green transition.

The Deputy Director of Sustainability Management and Ecological Transition of the SCS reaffirmed the Ministry of Health’s commitment to reducing polluting emissions into the atmosphere. “With the SCS’s participation in this project, we intend to position the public hospitals of the Canary Islands at the forefront of sustainability, as health systems are an integral part of society,” he stated.

In this context, Falcón highlighted that the Ministry of Health’s collaboration in this initiative aligns with the “Zero Net Emissions Health Strategy 2030,” which seeks to decarbonize the SCS through reducing the carbon footprint in the activities of healthcare services in the archipelago.

The H2Heat project, titled “Innovative Production of Renewable Energy Carriers for Heating from Renewable Energies,” introduces key innovations, including the production of highly combustible hydrogen using an innovative 1 MW electrolyser powered by marine renewable energy. It combines advanced combustion technology burners (cogeneration) designed for hydrogen operation with heat pumps, along with an infrastructure for transporting hydrogen from the production facility to the end user.

Renewable energy will be supplied by the Esteyco offshore wind turbine, the electrolyzer will be located at the EMALSA facilities in Jinámar, and the cogeneration burner and heat pump will be situated at the Complejo Hospitalario Insular Materno Infantil de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (CHUIMI).

In collaboration with the Canarian Health Service (SCS), H2HEAT aims to demonstrate the complete utilization of green H2 for heating and, subsequently, energy. This will serve as a replicable model for all SCS hospitals, enabling the SCS to fulfill its “Zero Net Emissions 2030 Health Strategy” and achieve substantial decarbonization. The project introduces the concept of a “Hydrogen Valley” on the island of Gran Canaria, with plans for expansion throughout the archipelago.

The comprehensive and complementary combination of experience and knowledge brought by the consortium partners will ensure efficient achievement of the project’s technical objectives, reduce the cost of H2 fuel for consumers, and develop replicable business models for large-scale commercial use of H2 as an alternative to direct heating in Gran Canaria.

The partners of the H2Heat project include: PLOCAN; Esteyco Spain, specializing in fixed and floating wind turbines; Neodyne Ireland, responsible for electrical engineering and EMS control; Stargate Estonia, handling the electrolyser, compressor, and storage; 2G Spain, responsible for H2 cogeneration; ICoRSA Ireland, in charge of dissemination, communication, and public engagement; CMS Spain, engaged in public engagement in Gran Canaria; EMEC United Kingdom (Orkney Islands), contributing expertise in H2 distribution networks, business models, and techno-economics; SCS/CHUIMI Spain, representing the Canarian Health Service; Canarian Agency for Research, Innovation, and Information Society of the Government of the Canary Islands (ACIISI); and SPLP Ukraine, offering expertise in electrolyzer research.

PLOCAN now Leads Innovation of Renewable Energy, H2Heat has Started
PLOCAN now Leads Innovation of Renewable Energy, H2Heat has Started 520 226 H2Heat Project

Pioneering Sustainable Heating

The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) is leading a consortium of eleven institutions and companies from Spain, Ireland, United Kingdom, Estonia and Ukraine for the development of a project called H2Heat for the production and use of hydrogen from marine renewable sources to be used for heating and power generation in the Materno Infantil Island Hospital Complex in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Buildings account for 40% of total energy consumption and 36% of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU, and 79% of that energy is used to heat water and air conditioning. 

The overall objective of the H2Heat project, with a budget of 13 million euros, of which 10 million euros is provided by the European Union, and a duration of 5 years, is to demonstrate the complete value chain of green hydrogen (H2) heating for commercial buildings. 

Innovative Components of the H2Heat Project: Advancements in Green Hydrogen Production and Utilization

The H2Heat project, called “Innovative production of renewable energy vectors for heating from renewable energy, features as main innovations the production of highly combustible hydrogen with an innovative 1MW electrolyzer using marine renewable energy; the combination of an advanced combustion technology burner (Combined Heat and Power (CHP)) designed for hydrogen operation and a heat pump; and an infrastructure for transporting hydrogen from the production facility to the end user.

The renewable energy will come from Esteyco’s offshore wind turbine, the electrolyzer will be located at EMALSA’s facilities in Jinámar, and the CHP burner and heat pump at the Complejo Hospitalario Insular Materno Infantil de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (CHUIMI).

H2HEAT, in collaboration with the Canary Health Service (SCS), aims to create a complete demonstration of green H2 for heating and, subsequently, energy. This will serve as a replicable model to all SCS hospitals, allowing the SCS to comply with its “Zer0 Net Emissions Health Strategy”, achieving a deep decarbonization. 

Strategic Collaborations

Consortium Partners and Technical Innovations in the H2Heat Project

In addition, H2Heat will reduce costs at all stages of the value chain through innovation in electrolyzer design, smart Energy Management System (EMS), Hydrogen (H2) compression and storage and H2-CHP/heat pump system, and, through the project’s innovations in hydrogen production and use for heating, show evidence of impact in advancing EU targets for climate protection, energy independence and economic growth.

The project develops the “Hydrogen Valley” concept on the island of Gran Canaria and will extend it to the archipelago.

The complete and complementary combination of experience and expertise brought by the consortium partners will ensure an efficient realization of the technical objectives of the project, reduce the cost of H2 fuel for consumers and develop replicable business models for large-scale commercial use of H2 as a direct heating alternative in Gran Canaria. 

The H2Heat project partners are: PLOCAN; Esteyco Spain Fixed and floating Wind Turbine company; Neodyne Ireland Electrical engineering responsible for EMS control; Stargate Estonia responsible for the Electrolyzer, compressor and storage; 2G Spain responsible for H2 CHP; ICoRSA Ireland Dissemination and Communication and Public engagement; CMS Spain for Gran Canaria Public engagement; EMEC UK Orkney Islands for experience in H2 distribution networks, business models and technoeconomics; SCS/CHUIMI Spain Canary Health Service; Canary Islands Agency for Research, Innovation and Information Society of the Canary Islands Government (ACIISI); SPLP Ukraine H2 experts in electrolyser research.

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