Twenty-eight hydrogen projects receive government funding
Twenty-eight companies in hydrogen innovation will benefit from up to £60 million of government funding, through the Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2 (HySupply 2) competition.
This will support research and innovation in producing and transporting hydrogen, making it a more viable and affordable fuel for powering industry, including energy-intensive sectors which rely on expensive fossil fuels.
Among the 28 winning HySupply 2 projects are ITM Power based in Yorkshire, which has been awarded more than £9.2 million to build a next generation 5MW electrolyser stack, an industrial tool which separates hydrogen from oxygen in a vat of water using electricity. Building on their findings from the first Hydrogen Supply programme, ITM are seeking to bring the lowest-cost green hydrogen solution to the market.
Cadent Gas Limited in the West Midlands will receive £296,174 for feasibility work focusing on how to purify hydrogen that has been through the gas grid to make it suitable for use in vehicles like lorries.
The National Nuclear Laboratory in Cumbria will receive £242,619 to review and model processes that can use the heat from nuclear reactors to produce hydrogen
In the British Energy Security Strategy published in April, the government committed to boosting UK hydrogen capacity up to 10 GW by 2030. This could create around 12,000 jobs across the UK as well as increasing domestic energy supply, making the UK less dependent on importing expensive fossil fuels in the future.