Hyzon Motors to collaborate with Schlumberger in decarbonizing oil & gas field operations with high-power fuel cells

Hyzon Motors partners with Schlumberger Limited (NYSE:SLB) to reduce emissions from upstream oil and gas operations with power generated by its heavy duty fuel cell systems

Hyzon Motors is partnering with Schlumberger Limited (NYSE:SLB) to reduce emissions in upstream oil and gas operations with power generated by its heavy duty fuel cell systems.

Hyzon, a global supplier of zero-emission, hydrogen-powered and fuel cell electric commercial vehicles, today announced a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Schlumberger, the world’s leading technology provider to the global energy industry.

Under the JDA, Hyzon will use its expertise in engineering and manufacturing high-performance fuel cell systems for heavy commercial mobility to jointly develop zero-emission fuel cell power generation solutions, initially for North American oil and gas well construction for offshore drilling rigs, with opportunities for collaboration in other areas. field operations in the broader oil and gas market. Hyzon’s technology is planned to be integrated into Schlumberger’s portfolio of Intelligent Power Management solutions and powered by Hyzon. Currently in the early stages of the JDA, the companies expect to demonstrate the first fuel cell power module in oil and gas field operations as early as Q4 2022, starting with powering an onshore drilling rig application.

Under the JDA, Schlumberger will also provide customer validation capabilities and lead the anticipated commercialization of the product to existing and new customers. As a first step, Schlumberger has already signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to integrate the fuel cell solution into Ensign Energy Services Inc.’s drilling operations within the next 12 months. (TSX:ESI).

The Intelligent Power Management solution that will power Hyzon’s fuel cells is a direct replacement for the typical 4.0 MW available diesel generators that power an oil and gas drilling rig today, meeting the same horsepower and footprint specifications of a 1, 0 MW diesel generator on a high-spec North American land vehicle. A drilling platform powered entirely by hydrogen fuel cell systems is expected to consume ~2.5 tons of hydrogen per day, which, when fueled by hydrogen with no carbon intensity, would eliminate 10,000 tons of CO2 per year.

The versatility of hydrogen enables oilfield service companies and operators to use transportable fuel cell power solutions for a wide variety of applications: to power complete drilling rigs, generate useful heat, fuel fleets for long-haul transport, heavy transport and more – all with zero emissions on the ground. point of use. The solution will also be evaluated for deployment in many other hard-to-decarbonize power consumption cases, such as remote industrial operations and critical power supply for networks and operations.

“Hyzon’s fuel cell technology is purpose-built to withstand the challenges of heavy freight transport; the durability, performance and power required for that application provide the foundation for fuel cells to power Schlumberger’s oil and gas field operations,” said Parker Meeks, Chief Strategy Officer, Hyzon Motors. “Hyzon’s proprietary fuel cell technology and manufacturing facilities allow us to adapt our current fuel cell offerings to this new application, the first of many opportunities for sustainable, transportable power generation.”

Another expected benefit of the fuel cell power systems for wellbore structures is the elimination of generator noise, vibration and maintenance. With reliable, clean and quiet power production on the rig, operators can minimize downtime while ensuring better health and safety performance for people and the environment. This technology is ideal for enabling drilling in areas that are currently constrained by diesel emissions and/or the noise level of diesel generators, both of which would be reduced with a hydrogen fuel cell power solution.

“Building a low-carbon future while meeting the ever-growing demand for energy requires unprecedented responsibility, renewed operational efficiencies and early investment in promising technologies,” said Brian Winter, product manager for Rig Equipment, Schlumberger. “Schlumberger is excited to test Hyzon’s hydrogen fuel cell systems to power drilling rigs and enable rapid decarburization of drilling operations.”

SOURCE: Hyzon engines

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