Hydrogen project set to drive UK transition to a low-carbon economy. Indian energy company Essar is planning to build the UK’s biggest low carbon hydrogen production hub to help the country’s transition to a more environmentally sustainable economy.The £750m investment in two plants will be made jointly with clean energy specialist Progressive Energy as part of its HyNet scheme, a project to supply low carbon hydrogen to industrial sites and homes in north-west England. The news is a fillip to the UK government’s drive to meet its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Ministers have pledged to have 5 gigawatts of low carbon hydrogen production capacity for use in industry, transport, power and homes by 2030, with one town heated entirely by the gas. Essar would build the plants next to its Stanlow refinery on the Mersey estuary in north-west England. Natural gas, and fuel gases from the refinery, will be converted into low carbon hydrogen, with carbon dioxide captured and stored in depleted undersea gasfields 60km offshore in Liverpool Bay. The refinery will be converted to burn hydrogen instead of natural gas. HyNet is already trialing hydrogen power with Pilkington, the glassmaker, in St Helens and Unilever, which makes cleaning products, at Port Sunlight on the Mersey. If the trial is successful, Cadent, which owns local gas infrastructure, will build the supply pipelines, eventually feeding households and potentially ships and trains across the north-west.Ministers are currently consulting on a hydrogen incentive regime and Mr Manson-Whitton said the government would need to provide around £25 per megawatt hour to cover the difference between the cost of natural gas and hydrogen.
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Energy firms Total and Engie have agreed to build and operate France’s largest renewable hydrogen production site. It will be located at the heart of Total’s La Mede biorefinery and powered by solar farms with a total capacity of more than 100 MW. The 40 MW electrolyser will produce 5 tonnes of green hydrogen per day to meet the needs of the biofuel production process at the biorefinery.
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