100-MW inexperienced hydrogen facility to be constructed at Port of Felixstowe

The power is prone to be constructed on brownfield land throughout the port (picture credit score: diamond geezer, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license).

Scottish Energy has introduced (8 August) plans to construct a 100-MW inexperienced hydrogen manufacturing facility on the Port of Felixstowe, on the Suffolk coast. It is going to be used to energy autos and equipment used on the port, along with transport and rail freight supplying it.

The utility estimates the prices of the challenge as between £100m and £150m, and it has utilized to the UK authorities’s Web Zero Hydrogen Fund, which has put aside as much as £240m to fund hydrogen manufacturing. It would present sufficient gas to energy 1300 hydrogen vans from 2026, in present plans.

Roughly 6,000 heavy good autos per 12 months use the port, which is owned by Hutchison Ports, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based conglomerate CK Hutchison.

Electrical energy to energy the electrolysis on the crops is to be equipped by Scottish Energy’s UK-based wind farms.

Demand from the port itself, and related logistics, distribution and rail freight firms, is claimed to have supplied the impetus for the event. The utility stated demand for hydrogen elevated final 12 months following the rise in petrol and diesel costs.

Chatting with The Guardian, the agency’s Hydrogen Director Barry Carruthers stated hydrogen’s prices are “now comparable with diesel”, leaving little or no cause to not press forward with one thing that may be “cheaper and cleaner for patrons”.

The challenge may additionally help with the availability of inexperienced ammonia for fertilizer manufacturing, responding to the fertilizer provide chain points seemingly brought on by the battle in Ukraine.

It’s prone to be constructed on brownfield land throughout the port’s environs, and “it is not going to dominate the skyline” Carruthers advised The Guardian, including that, for locals, it ought to imply much less diesel air pollution and cleaner energy for trains and lorries.

Scottish Energy is engaged on different inexperienced hydrogen manufacturing amenities at Whitelee windfarm close to Glasgow, the place a 20-MW electrolyser is scheduled to start working in 2023, making as much as 8 tonnes of inexperienced hydrogen per day, and on the Port of Cromarty Firth. A feasibility examine has checked out including electrolysers to the latter web site, with a remaining funding determination anticipated by 2023.

Guardian agency Iberdrola, a €63bn Spanish power utility, already operates Europe’s largest inexperienced hydrogen manufacturing facility for industrial use, at Puertollano in Spain.

Carruthers stated: “This strategically vital challenge might probably create a clear fuels hub that would unlock nationally vital decarbonisation for the area, in addition to enjoying a task in worldwide markets. It’s completely situated not removed from our present and future offshore windfarms within the East Anglia area, and demonstrates how renewable electrical energy and inexperienced hydrogen can now begin to assist to decarbonise highway, rail, transport and business.”

Dr Therese Coffey MP, native MP for Suffolk Coastal, stated: “I warmly welcome Hutchison Ports’ and Scottish Energy’s joint plans to discover alternatives for a large-scale hydrogen hub on the Port of Felixstowe, offering inexperienced gas on the UK’s largest container port. It’s schemes like this – and funding from business in addition to authorities – which is essential for us to achieve internet zero by 2050.”