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🏔 The challenge

Equipment sizing and operating strategy LCOH optimizations for hydrogen electrolysis plants are cumbersome and time-consuming. It can take days to weeks to get the data, with each optimization run often taking hours. This limits analytical efforts to a handful of potential sites, leaving many opportunities unexplored.

The result — sub-optimal capital allocation and higher risks, with countless missed opportunities.The difference between initial cost calculations versus hourly optimizations can be dramatic, and highlights location as a critical element of project success.

🛠 Our solution

Othersphere has revolutionized this process by combining the power of our underlying spatial economics platform with neural networks for dimensionality reduction and surrogate modeling.

Our global search engine now recommends pre-optimized projects in seconds, having already run an hourly optimization considering:

1) Hourly day-ahead wholesale power market pricing

2) Grid upgrade CAPEX (developed with a global leader in grid transmission engineering and equipment)

3) Grid fees associated with transmission connections

4) Variable stack efficiency by load, incorporating operational ranges

5) System economies of scale, as well as commercial and technical nuances between PEM and alkaline plants

6) Hourly carbon intensity data

7) Demand profiles and cost of storage

8) Co-located renewables CAPEX

9) High-spatial resolution hourly solar and wind capacity factor data

All of this is delivered through the Othersphere Explorer tool, which provides a novel, bottom-up view of potential hydrogen projects, evaluating key factors such as production costs, emissions, available offtakers, and fit with local surroundings.

Othersphere Explorer 101 - System optimization for electrolysis

Introducing the world’s first global optimizer for hydrogen projects

Blog
Author:
Robert Murphy
5.13.2024

Topography is one of the many variables within the Othersphere Explorer tool used to reveal and diligence optimal siting of sustainable infrastructure projects. To inform this analysis we use licensed data, open data, and novel datasets we have created or augmented. Our topography data is an example of the latter, where we built upon the exceptional work within the Multi-Error-Removed Improved-Terrain Digital Elevation Model (MERIT DEM).

🔍 Augmented for massive-scale analysis

To make this sophisticated dataset even more accessible, we have introduced tiling to the MERIT DEM. Each tile offers detailed elevation and ruggedness data, enhancing usability for systematic geographical analyses.

🚀 Tackling climate must be a group effort

We are excited to release this tiled dataset derived from MERIT DEM, adhering to licensing requirements and aiming to benefit the broader community working on topographical challenges. This data is provided as a parquet file (~4.5GB) and is access through Google Cloud Storage. Please click here to learn more about setting up a Google account to access the data and here to learn more about gsutil for downloading files. Alternatively, please contact explore@othersphere.io can we can work with you to determine other file delivery options.

Data Release #1 - Topography

Multi-Error-Removed Improved-Terrain Digital Elevation Model (MERIT DEM) is a sophisticated dataset that addresses terrain issues common in other mapping efforts.

Data
Author:
Robert Murphy
5.3.2024

Ensuring sufficient market demand is essential for any infrastructure project, and hydrogen is no different.

But a key challenge facing project developers today is finding and engaging offtakers for lower GHG hydrogen, especially those willing to sign long-term offtake agreements.

At Othersphere, we're focused on simplifying this complex challenge. Our Othersphere Explorer tool is designed to empower developers by providing instant assessments of potential offtakers accessible from any project site around the globe, and how competitive various hydrogen production technologies will be in serving them.

🌍 Today

Our tool currently models delivered prices to over 8,000 industrial facilities, including refineries, ammonia plants, methanol plants, ports, and steel mills (yellow points).

🚀 In progress

We are currently adding fueling stations and airports (white points), adding over half a million emerging hydrogen demand locations.

🔍 Future

We have a number of other offtaker types queued up for integration, and so please reach out if you have suggestions or simply want to learn about how we source and process this complex data.

🤝 Collaboration

If you're a project developer or offtaker navigating these challenges, we're here to help. Please reach out to explore@othersphere.io or schedule a demo to learn more.

Othersphere Explorer 101 - Offtakers

Ensuring sufficient market demand is essential for any infrastructure project, and hydrogen is no different. But a key challenge facing project developers today is finding and engaging offtakers for lower GHG hydrogen, especially those willing to sign long-term offtake agreements.

Blog
Author:
Robert Murphy
4.26.2024

🚀 We’re live! 🚀

After months of development and refinement, we're thrilled to unveil Othersphere Explorer. Our tool reveals the ideal locations to build hydrogen production assets—where economics will be best, emissions lowest, and projects will be a beneficial fit with local surroundings.

We’ve built Othersphere Explorer to give project developers, financiers, and offtakers a whole new way to seek new opportunities, manage portfolios, and assess competitiveness.

This is powered by the underlying Othersphere platform, our patent-pending global search engine for high performance, sustainable infrastructure.

None of the above would have been possible without the companies and teams who provided invaluable feedback during our beta program, our financial supporters (Breakthrough Energy , Active Impact Investments, Thin Line Capital, Keiki Capital, and KDX Management LLC), and the many others who have guided us along the way.

If you are working on hydrogen projects, or simply trying to separate fundamentals and fiction in this complex, fast-moving space—we’re here to help!

Othersphere Explorer now commercially available

After months of development and refinement, we're thrilled to unveil Othersphere Explorer.

Blog
Author:
Robert Murphy
3.15.2024

CERA Week is a usually superb bellwether of energy sector moods, and this year was no exception.

Overall I found the tone last week to be pragmatic, occasionally even downbeat.

Amin Nasser of Saudi Aramco captured the general mood in his comments (https://lnkd.in/gMSQViKF), noting that consumers “want energy that helps protect the planet and their pocket books, with minimal disruption to supplies and their daily lives”.

His full comments are worth reading, and don’t mince words on critical points I agree with such as:

😡 Tribalism and hyperbole are deeply counterproductive to addressing our collective climate challenge

📈 Consumers in lower and middle income countries (who use far less resources than those in the wealthier world today) will increasingly drive the climate agenda

🏔 The hashtag#energytransition is not on track

The final point is a serious concern, because out in the real world the clock is ticking.

Just prior to CERA I had an update from the Berkeley Earth team, and though I was aware of recent increases in ocean temperature, it was still shocking to see record daily temperatures now observed for over a year.

But unfortunately the conversations and presentations at CERA highlighted how difficult it will be to pull off the badly needed shift away from fossil fuels, especially natural gas.

For example, although ⚡ electrification is a primary pathway to decarbonize a range of consumer and industrial demand, there is simply not enough power, transmission capacity, and even just grid hardware to go around. Particularly as the power demands of data centers grow and tech companies fill up grid connection queues, planners and policymakers will need to take extra care to ensure decarbonization projects aren’t pushed back in the line.

So in the end I left Houston exhausted and concerned, but still optimistic.

To quote Nasser one final time “the world has been trying to transition in fog, without a compass”.

This compass is precisely what we are building at Othersphere, helping those scaling sustainable infrastructure to build better projects, faster. The energy transition is a global challenge that will be solved at the local level—step-by-step, project-by-project.

CERA was full of smart people working together to make this happen.

Takeaways from CERA Week 2024

CERA Week is a usually superb bellwether of energy sector moods, and this year was no exception. Overall I found the tone last week to be pragmatic, occasionally even downbeat.

Blog
Author:
Robert Murphy
2.2.2024

I recently had a great chat with Marco Pimentel about building a team and company to help tackle our shared climate challenge.

We focused on how any meaningful climate solution will be a collaborative effort, and Othersphere's story is no different. You can listen to the conversation here.

This year was made possible by our incredible team, supporters such as Breakthrough Energy, Active Impact Investments, Thin Line Capital, and the experts who have taken the time to test what we're building and point us in the right direction.

Stay tuned, as next year it's our turn to give back!

Robert Murphy discusses scaling sustainable infrastructure in Someone Like You podcast

I recently had a great chat with Marco Pimentel about building a team and company to help tackle our shared climate challenge.

Blog
Author:
Robert Murphy
12.15.2023
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