Developing New Energy MarketsBy Dalia Maria de León | Fri, 01/17/2020 - 18:00
Given the imminent shortages, it is important to support the development of renewable energy industry in Mexico. Meanwhile in Europe hydrogen market is being strengthened.
Mexico has critical levels of natural gas storage
According to data from the National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH), Mexico has one of the largest natural reserves of natural gas. However, it has critical levels of storage. SENER used to set a storage target enough for at least 5 days of natural gas. Currently, although the country only has the capacity to dispose the equivalent of 1.5 days of this asset, according to data from the National Center for Natural Gas Control (Cenagas) the current administration has not designed a strategy to increase it.
Adrian Duhal, energy specialist from the Baker Institute of Public Policy, affirmed it is necessary for the government to recognize that the Mexican natural gas market requires investments, at the same time as it is vital that adequate incentives be carried out.
Plausible energy shortage
The cancellation of the oil rounds and the change in the energy sector will cause a shortage of energy towards the second half of the current administration, warned members of the energy industry sector. Mexico annually needs private and public investments of around 280 billion dollars in order to have an economic of 4 percent a year.
Enoch Castellanos, President of the National Chamber of the Transformation Industry (Canacintra) said that these investments require legal certainty and a stable legal framework in the medium term to ensure trust in those who invest their money, create jobs and increase the governmental income through tax contribution.
Chihuahua boosts renewable energy projects.
The state of Chihuahua is committed to the energy sector with solar energy projects, pipelines and it is starting activity in the natural gas storage area, said Jorge López Uranga, Energy Director of the State Secretariat of Innovation and Economic Development. He confirmed the state has seven photovoltaic parks in operation with 356MW, three are being built with a capacity of 430 MW; There are also eight projects with a capacity of 984 MW, which are under development and are expected to start the building phase this year.
World’s largest renewable hydrogen central is being developed.
The revamp of ITM Power’s new 1GW factory in Sheffield, UK will begin this month. The energy production center will enable ITM Power, through standardization, modularization and the implementation of international standards to reach a capacity of 1GW within three years.
Gas transmission system operators analyses hydrogen potential
Gas transmission system operators ONTRAS Gastransport, GRTgaz and GRTgaz Deutschland are researching the feasibility of blending hydrogen and natural gas into their already working networks. These companies signed a collaborative project which reinforces cross-border cooperation and shows intention of gas transmission system operators to contribute to the deployment of hydrogen. This agreement will support the construction of a pilot model of hydrogen separation into hydrogen-natural gas mixtures with high purity.
Microsoft pursues to be carbon negative by 2030
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft announced the commitment assumed is not just regarding its carbon emissions, it will be also implemented in its supply and value chain. By 2030, Microsoft will be carbon negative. Microsoft´s target to be reached by 2050 is to remove from the environment all the carbon the company has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption since it was founded in 1975.
It was also announced a new Microsoft technology to help suppliers and customers around the world to reduce their own carbon footprints and a new US$1 billion climate innovation fund to accelerate the global development of carbon reduction, capture and removal technologies.