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Extraction from the Groningen field, one of Europe’s richest sources of gas, is operated in a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil, but has been capped in recent years by ministers due to seismic activity in the area. Following a quake two weeks ago which registered at 3.4 on the Richter scale – the second-strongest recorded above the gas fields and the biggest in five years – the country’s minister for economic affairs, Eric Wiebes, put major corporations on notice this week.

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Companies come together to develop large-scale hydrogen production project

The world’s largest hydrogen electrolysis plant is set to be built in Germany. The plant will be built at a refinery in Rhineland, Germany, by ITM Power, a leading developer of fuel cells, and Shell. The two companies will also be working with SINTEF, thinkstep, and Element Energy to develop the new electrolysis plant. The project has received some $10 million in funding from the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, adding onto another $10 million in investments the project had already attracted.

Facility to be fully operational by 2020

The plant has been dubbed “Refhyne” and technical planning has already begun. The project must still go through the approval process, but ITM power and Shell believe that the facility will be fully operational at some point in 2020. The plant will make use of the world’s first industrial-scale polymer electrolyte membrane, which will be responsible for the production of hydrogen. The facility will be able to use surplus electricity to produce this fuel rather than making use of fossil-fuels such as natural gas.

Plant will generate 1,300 tons of hydrogen annually

The new plant is expected to be a boon for the Rhineland refinery. Currently, the refinery requires some 180,000 tons of hydrogen annually to operate effectively. The vast majority of this fuel comes from the reformation of natural gas. The new plant will initially be able to produce approximately 1,300 tons of hydrogen a year. Eventually, this production will be increased as the plant is equipped with better technology.

Shell is working to embrace renewable energy

Shell has become eager to partner with companies like ITM Power in order to break into the clean energy space. While the company is still heavily focused on oil, it has become committed to embracing renewable power more aggressively. Hydrogen has captured Shell’s attention, as the fuel has a wide range of uses, particularly where transportation and industrial power are concerned.

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Reuters Staff: JANUARY 22, 2018

SAO PAULO, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Anglo-Dutch oil company Shell has hired a former executive of U.S.-based First Solar to lead its solar energy business in Latin America, a source said on Monday, as the industry invests in renewable energy to address global concerns about carbon emissions.

Maria Gabriela da Rocha Oliveira, First Solar’s former senior manager of business development for Brazil and South America, will take on a similar role at Shell’s New Energies unit for the region, said the source, requesting anonymity to discuss the confidential matter.

Shell declined to comment and da Rocha could not be reached for comment. 

Reporting by Luciano Costa; Editing by Richard Chang

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By Irina Slav – Jan 18, 2018, 9:00 AM CST

Just a couple of days after it acquired a hefty stake in a U.S. solar company, Shell has made another solar move, closing a power supply deal with British Solar Renewables. Shell Energy Europe, the regional marketing and trading unit of the supermajor, will receive the whole output of the Bradenstoke solar power plant—the second-largest in Britain—for a period of five years. On Monday, Shell said it will buy a 43.8-percent stake in Silicon Ranch Corp, a solar energy company currently part of the Partners Group’s energy portfolio. A second agreement signed by Shell also gives it an opportunity to increase its stake in Silicon Ranch after the year 2021. The deal should officially close by March. FULL ARTICLE

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Shell took a stake in the US solar developer Silicon Ranch this week. It is already the fifth major investment of the New Energies component in more than six months.

Printed below is an English translation of an article published today by the Dutch equivalent of the Financial Times, Financieele Dagblad

Shell took a stake in the US solar developer Silicon Ranch this week. Photo: Silicon Ranch

Shell is stealthily getting a bit green

Gert van der Have Bert van Dijk • Entrepreneurship

Shell took a stake in the US solar developer Silicon Ranch this week. It is already the fifth major investment of the New Energies component in more than six months.

Shell is synonymous with oil tankers, refineries, drilling platforms, gas installations and petrol pumps for most Dutch people. Not surprising, because that was and is Shell and Shell will still be for a time. But at the same time, the Dutch-British group is investing faster in new, cleaner forms of energy; it sees that societies, politicians and climate agreements limit the margin of maneuver of fossil fuels ever further.

Shell follows what it calls itself New Energies, a two-track policy: fossil and sustainable. The fossil track is based on the conviction that the world cannot do without fossil fuels in the coming decades. Despite all investments in cleaner forms of energy worldwide, the demand for oil and gas is increasing every year. That is why Shell will continue to invest billions of dollars in existing and new oil and gas fields in the deep sea and in shale, in chemical plants and in refineries.

Investments in renewable energy are doubled

The second track, that of renewable energy, consists of investments in wind farms, solar power plants, hydrogen and biofuels. CEO Ben van Beurden announced at the end of last year that the investments for the business unit would be doubled to $ 2 billion per year until 2020. With this, Shell invests more than other oil multinationals in sustainable energy, even though Shell’s total investment budget of $ 25 billion per still modest.

In 2016, Shell gave a first impulse to expand its New Energies. In 2016, the oil and gas company won the tender for a large offshore wind farm off the coast of Borssele with partners Eneco, Van Oord and MHI Vestas.

Then the sustainable transfer machine really went up. A string of companies has been taken over by stringing beads and essential interests have been taken in green companies. This gradually gives the fossil face of Shell a green glow.

Electric charging points

For example, in June 2017, the company purchased the American MP2 Energy, which manages a number of gas-fired power plants and solar and wind farms from which it supplies electricity to private individuals and companies. In the same month, through the business unit investing in young companies, Shell acquired an interest in Singapore’s Sunseap, which supplies solar power to large customers in Singapore, including Apple, and wants to expand with Shell in the rest of Asia.

In October followed the acquisition by Shell of the Dutch company NewMotion, one of Europe’s largest suppliers of electric charging points. Just like Sunseap, Shell wants to expand the company substantially in the coming years. The Amsterdam company has a lot of charging points and customers, especially in the Netherlands, but the company also wants to gain a foothold in other countries. With Shell as owner, the company gets more means to expand, for example for investments.

Contact with the user

Another two months later, Shell struck again through the acquisition of First Utility. The company, founded in 2008, supplies gas, electricity and broadband services to 825,000 British households. Shell says through First Utility, which employs 1,500 people, that it can expand the existing energy supply to commercial and industrial customers with the domestic sector.

With the increasing electrification and decentralization of the energy sector, large power plants are being replaced by small units working for a local group of customers. Shell must pass by the door of the user, as it were. It does this with charging stations for electric cars in Europe and an extensive network of gas stations for hydrogen in Germany.

‘Increasing electrification and digitization offers new opportunities for Shell to be able to develop electricity and gas for people at home (appliances and heating) and on the road (charging stations) to their consumption,’ wrote Mark Gainsborough, the top boss of New Energies at Shell, end last year on his blog. According to him, that electrification of the economy requires a combination of renewable energy and more natural gas.

Where is the money to be made?

Gainsborough knows that he is not working at the largest part of Shell, but perhaps the most exciting, he writes: “Although it may take decades before New Energies is Shell’s main activity, it is one of the most exciting parts to to be within Shell ‘.

Topman Van Beurden emphasizes time and time again to act cautiously and to take time to learn how different new forms of energy will relate to each other in the future. And more importantly, where there is money to be made with new revenue models. Shell will not do a takeover of a manufacturer of windmills or solar panels, but perhaps from developers with extensive ‘green’ energy interests and direct contact with large industrial customers and private individuals.

For example, Shell is invariably mentioned in the corridors as one of the candidates to take over the Dutch energy company Eneco. Eneco prides itself on its far-reaching greening, including through wind farms. With an estimated enterprise value of almost $ 3 billion, the Rotterdam-based company is easy to handle for Shell, but the company does not want to indicate whether it is actually interested.

Hello customer

Large power plants are replaced by small units working for a local group of customers. Shell must pass by the door of the user, as it were.

 

‘New Energies is een van de meest opwindende onderdelen binnen Shell aan het worden’

• Mark Gainsborough, topman Shell New Energies

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