Five UK projects investigating whether hydrogen could be used to slash emissions from sectors such as industry and transport have been awarded nearly £30m of government funding. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has awarded £28m to five hydrogen production schemes as part of a wider £90m funding pot for research and projects examining how to reduce carbon emissions from sectors such as industry and homes. The hydrogen initiatives include what the government claims will be Europe’s first “low-carbon hydrogen production plants”, one on the banks of the Mersey and another near Aberdeen. The “Hynet” scheme would involve a hydrogen production plant north of Chester, in the north-west of England, and is backed by companies including Cadent, Essar and SNC Lavalin. The “Acorn” project near Peterhead north of Aberdeen, aims to produce hydrogen from natural gas extracted from the North Sea.
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Offshore wind powered hydrogen production for Humber refinery gets share of £90m BEIS fund. More than £7 million is being channelled by government into a huge clean tech project on the South Humber Bank. Called Gigastack, it will see offshore wind energy used to produce hydrogen, in turn helping ‘green up’ Phillips 66’s Humber Bank refinery. The investment from the public purse – part of a £90 million package announced to help heavy industry and homes tackle emissions – will see the technology developed, with Orsted’s East Coast fleet used to feed the South Killingholme plant. Already one of Europe’s most complex refineries, the clean hydrogen will replace the current supply, as it plots a course to Net Zero, emerging as a major manufacturer of key components of smartphone and electric vehicle batteries.
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