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Suthan Vivekananthan Suthan Vivekananthan Written by Suthan Vivekananthan, Hydrogen Champion at Cyient
on 31 Aug 2023

Hydrogen is the latest buzzword and game-changer in the world’s energy transition. As you know, it is considered as an energy carrier to transport the green energy. Hydrogen has huge potential to help fight climate change and to accelerate the world’s future energy use to unprecedented levels.

Clean hydrogen is typically generated using renewable energy sources (such as solar or wind), those with reduced carbon emissions, or other processes incorporating carbon capture. Hydrogen can serve as a viable alternative to fossil fuels, either through direct utilization (employing internal combustion engines) or indirectly by producing power through fuel cells, as well as in the production of ammonia - a crucial element in synthetic fertilizers.

Regarding the storage of green power, analyses suggest that hydrogen and batteries serve different purposes and are by no means competing technologies. Battery storage serves as a short-term buffer for short-distance transportation and for grid stabilization. Conversely, hydrogen addresses longer transport distances, applications that cannot be electrified and bridges long-term challenges in transporting renewable energy across the globe.

The key message from World Hydrogen Summit 2023 is that hydrogen is gaining strong momentum globally. So far, investments above US$ 320 billion are needed solely to develop the projects announced and scheduled until year 2030. Both EU and US have great ambitions and have proclaimed several public funding programmes to kick-start the clean hydrogen production.

We at Cyient have actively been involved with hydrogen projects since 2018 and have supported various customers with projects ranging from feasibility studies to execution engineering. For instance, we have performed engineering work for a Norwegian hydrogen system integrator to receive the world’s first approval-in-principle (AIP) from DNV for module-based fuel cell solutions for use in maritime environments.

Currently, we are assisting Varanger Kraft Hydrogen, a hydrogen plant owner in the north of Norway, to commercialise their 1000 kg/day green hydrogen plant and distribute the hydrogen to end users. Our engineering scope with Varanger has been from conceptual and FEED phases to currently execution engineering level. We have designed the new equipment and components for which orders have been placed. The installation of the upgraded hydrogen plant is expected to happen during Q1 2024. The new facilities are planned for start-up during Q2 or Q3 2024. Super excited about this case!

In total, we have supported engineering for approximately thirty hydrogen, carbon capture and storage (CCS), and ammonia projects. Backed by 1,600+ engineers and more than 16,000 technologists and engineers across 15+ countries and 30 delivery centers, we work towards designing a Sustainable Tomorrow Together. In line with our strategy to help industrial customers reach their sustainable ambitions, we have the right hydrogen engineering competence, track-record and are capable to help.

Varanger Kraft Hydrogen

About the Author

Suthan Vivekananthan, Hydrogen Champion at Cyient, boasts over 22 years of expertise in process system design and analysis, specializing in Offshore/Onshore engineering for oil & gas, LNG regasification, Carbon Capture, and hydrogen projects.

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