Hydrogen Innovation projects awarded government funding

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28 projects across the UK have been awarded funding for innovation in hydrogen supply, as part of the Government’s HySupply 2 competition.

£60m will be shared across the projects to support research and innovation in producing and transporting the gas, and make it a more viable and affordable fuel for powering industry, including energy-intensive sectors which rely on expensive fossil fuels.

The winners include:

  • Gigastack. The project, led by ITM Power Ltd, aims to bring the lowest-cost green hydrogen to the market. It has been awarded more than £9.2m to help develop a 4th generation Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolyser stack, an industrial tool which separates hydrogen from oxygen in a vat of water using electricity. The funding will also assist in the building of the company’s new Gigafactory manufacturing site, located in Sheffield.
  • Hydrogen Turbine 1 (HT1). Also awarded more than £9.2m, this 8.8MW project from Vattenfall, will demonstrate the combination of offshore wind and green hydrogen production at he company’s Aberdeen Bay offshore windfarm, with the electrolyser integrated into the turbine itself. The hydrogen would then be transported to shore via a pipeline for processing and delivery to end users.
  • Tyseley Ammonia to Green Hydrogen. Led by Gemserv and awarded £6.7m, this project will see the ‘world’s largest’ ammonia to hydrogen integrated membrane reactor built at Tyseley Energy Park, in Birmingham. Through the use of integrated membrane reactors, its’ aim is to boost the efficiency and economics of decentralised production.
  • Cadent Gas, who will receive nearly £300k for it’s Hy4Transport scheme, exploring the purification of hydrogen that’s been through the gas grid, in order to improve its’ suitability for use in vehicles.
  • The National Nuclear Laboratory in Cumbria, receiving £240k to model processes that use the heat from nuclear reactors to produce hydrogen.

The HySupply 2 competition, part of the Net Zero Innovation portfolio, follows the announcement made by UK Government in its’ Energy Security Strategy, to increase UK hydrogen capacity to 10GW by 2030. 

Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said:

“The British Energy Security Strategy made clear that we are backing hydrogen not just as a viable source of clean, affordable homegrown energy but as an emerging industry of the future in which the UK can lead the world.

“This funding will accelerate the development of this exciting new industry, helping position us as a hydrogen superpower on the global stage.”

More information on the competition and its’ winners can be found on the Government’s website.

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