North East hydrogen experts launch partnership with energy giant for UK-first project
Newcastle-based Lhyfe, one of the world's pioneers in the production of green and renewable hydrogen has gone into partnership with energy giant Centrica to develop the UK's first offshore renewable green hydrogen.
Lhyfe and Centrica have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that could accelerate green hydrogen as part of the energy transition in the UK.
Under the agreement, Lhyfe and Centrica will explore combining their expertise to collaborate on a pilot green hydrogen production site in the Southern North Sea.
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The pilot will aim to combine Lhyfe’s expertise on green hydrogen production and Centrica’s experience of gas storage and infrastructure to ensure that the hydrogen produced can be safely stored and utilised in the UK. The end result would be proof that an end-to-end hydrogen production, storage, and distribution system is possible in the country.
The energy firms will also examine an additional partnership to deploy the technology at commercial scale alongside offshore wind electricity production.
Renewable green hydrogen coupled with offshore wind power is expected to play an increasingly important role in the UK’s energy mix, particularly with rapid expansion expected in both of these areas over the next 5-10 years.
Colin Brown, UK and Ireland country manager of Lhyfe, said: “This agreement with Centrica represents an exciting opportunity to drive forward the clean energy transition through large-scale offshore green hydrogen production.
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"Offshore electrolysis coupled with hydrogen storage will maximise the huge potential of offshore wind around the UK. The UK can become a global leader in the production of renewable green hydrogen, moving away from our reliance on fossil fuels and improving our homegrown energy security, while delivering net zero and boosting local economies.”
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Martin Scargill, Managing Director of Centrica Storage, said: “Hydrogen is going to play a key role in decarbonising the UK’s power supply by 2035 and our long-term ambition is for Rough, our gas storage site, to be the world’s largest hydrogen store, offering up to 16TWh of storage capacity. This pilot will show how green hydrogen can be produced, moved and stored in the UK market; all while supporting the UK on its net zero journey.”
The UK Government has doubled its low-carbon hydrogen production target from 5GW to 10GW by 2030, with at least half of this coming from green hydrogen. Hydrogen production is expected to initially support decarbonisation of industrial clusters, like the Humber cluster with further use cases developing with a growing hydrogen economy.