Surplus power from wind farms will be used to run a network of giant electrolysers to make hydrogen for vehicles, under plans drawn up by a green energy company. The electrolysers will be linked to nearby offshore wind farms and split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen will initially be used in buses powered by fuel cells that emit only water, helping the UK achieve its climate change targets. It could also be used for fuel cells in trucks, cars, trains and ships. The scheme would stop the excess power being wasted, which increases household energy bills. Most hydrogen used in the UK is made from natural gas, meaning it still contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. Ryse, the company planning to build the electrolysers, intends to overcome this problem by using power from wind farms when it is not needed by the grid. Ryse has submitted a planning application to build the UK’s biggest electrolyser at Herne Bay in Kent, capable of producing up to ten tonnes of hydrogen a day, enough to power 500 buses. If it is approved, the hydrogen will be sent to London to supply a new fleet of fuel cell buses. Ryse is planning to build at least four more large electrolysers in Aberdeen, Northern Ireland, Runcorn and south Wales. Jo Bamford, chairman of Ryse and son of Lord Bamford, the billionaire owner of JCB diggers, also owns Wrightbus in Co Antrim, which is making the world’s first hydrogen-electric double-decker buses.
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