Shoreham Port, the commercial seaport west of Brighton on the south coast of the UK, has announced a partnership with a local startup to build a 20 megawatt electrolysis plant next to the port’s locks.

The hydrogen is certified as completely environmentally friendly as it is generated from a combination of renewable energy sources on site in the port and green energy from the grid. The facility would produce fuel cell quality hydrogen for fuel cell powered buses and trucks as well as ships and the in-house cranes and forklifts.

Way forward

The UK hydrogen supply chain is expected to grow rapidly over the next five to ten years as the demand for practical zero-emission and low-carbon diesel alternatives increases. A recent report by the energy market analysis Aurora Energy Research predicts that hydrogen demand could rise from 330 terawatt hours today to 2,500 terawatt hours by 2050.

Developer H2evolution says the facility will not only meet market needs for hydrogen consumers, it will also provide a demand-side response for wind and solar systems, absorbing power when there is too much and reducing the need for cuts.

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The proposed H2evolution hydrogen plant (bottom center), Courtesy Shoreham Port

Positive push

“This is an excellent site for the creation of a game-changing green hydrogen facility. We will be producing entirely green, zero carbon fuel to decarbonize the equivalent of 300 buses; enough for towns and cities like Brighton & Hove and Worthing, which will prevent the emission of over 100 tonnes of CO2 per day,” said Stephen David, chairman at H2evolution.

 

Source: Maritime-Executive

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