Renewable energy? Engsolve it.

The pressure to slow or reverse ‘climate change’ has grown considerably since the early 2000’s. With a 1.5-degree Celsius increase in global surface temperatures, and freak weather systems appearing across the globe in 2019/20, certainly the demand for sustainable energy has never been greater.

Which is why in recent years we have been asking ourselves the same question; What does the future hold for us and our clients? And for the next generation of engineers? This has driven us to focus on renewable energy developments, and emerging new technologies in the Hydrogen and Energy from Waste sectors, to help ensure the future of a circular economy and a more sustainable society: and by default, a better and brighter world for everybody.

The switch to sustainable energy can be daunting, but with our collective 50 years’ experience in the general energy and renewables industry, and armed with our diverse network of energy professionals, we are perfectly placed to provide you with that guiding hand and expertise to ensure your development gets off the ground running.

Hydrogen, the future fuel!

One of many advantages of Hydrogen is that it is not feedstock limited. Meaning that it can be produced from most biomass, carbon-based materials and split from water using electrolysis. Therefore there are unlimited resources of this age old “future fuel”, and it means that we can safely power society with no risks of adding further carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Hydrogen fuel cells can now be used to power our cars, Buses and HGVS. The fuel cells work like batteries, converting chemical energy into electrical energy. Using the movement of charged hydrogen ions across an electrolyte membrane to generate current.

And the best thing about fuel cells is that their only emission is water. What better way to power our vehicles knowing it is supporting #netzero

In the context of heating, Hydrogen is proven to be very versatile than other carboniferous gases in heating our homes, as it can be easily blended in within our existing gas network. And more recently over the years, Heavy industry users are now replacing other gases for Hydrogen, due to effective heating temperatures and it’s zero CO2 emissions.

Electrolysis is considered a Green Hydrogen method, as Hydrogen is produced from renewable resources. This method involves electricity being used to split water into Hydrogen and Oxygen in a unit called an electrolyser. This has become a very popular method in producing Hydrogen as it produces zero CO2 emissions, so much so that Barclays suggested that global electrolyser sales will increase to over $85 billion a year by 2050.

ATR is considered a blue hydrogen production method, as natural gas is split into Hydrogen and CO2, where the CO2 is then captured and stored. This production method is where methane reacts to high temperature steam under pressure, to produce a syngas from which Hydrogen can be produced. And the major benefit with Auto Thermal Reforming, is that it produces considerably less CO2 than Steam Methane Reforming.

is a method which can turn carbon containing materials and unrecyclable waste plastics into a syngas from which Hydrogen can be produced. The feedstock converts to a syngas in a closed chamber with little or no oxygen and is later reformed to produce Hydrogen from the syngas, which can be used to power our homes and vehicles. And there are various progressing developments throughout the UK which are using this technology to produce fuel for our society from unrecyclable waste plastics.

Hycymru - Wales Hydrogen Trade Association

We are very proud to be members of HyCymru (also known as the Wales Hydrogen Trade Association). This was launched in February 2020 and brings together companies across the whole hydrogen value chain with the goal of unifying the effort to progress policy and innovation in Wales. The partnership aims to achieve rapid hydrogen development in Wales through activities such as gathering market intelligence, helping to fund hydrogen projects, influencing policy developments, and raising public awareness of hydrogen.

As the “go-to” network for identifying hydrogen expertise in Wales, HyCymru can also play a major role in helping to broker projects by introducing prospective partners to one another and in facilitating discussions: from R&D through to commercial projects.

If you would like to find out more about the association, or get in touch with their team, then follow the link here.