The government has awarded 20 projects a share of £7 million to explore innovative ways of making and using low-carbon hydrogen. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) granted £4.9m to 13 applicants for its Hydrogen Supply competition and £2m to seven applicants for its Industrial Fuel Switching competition to undertake feasibility studies. The findings will help determine which of the participants receive further funding to progress their proposals. The competitions will each dole out up to £20m in total. Climate change minister Lord Duncan said: “Developing hydrogen technology has the potential to not only reduce emissions from industry but could also help us seize the opportunities of the global shift to cleaner economies – with the prize of up 2 million jobs and £170bn of annual exports by 2030.” One of the winners from the Hydrogen Supply competition is the Gigastack project led by ITM Power. The company is aiming to reduce the cost of electrolysis by developing a new polymer electrolyte membrane electrolyser that can be manufactured in 5MW modules and stacked together to form larger installations at least 100MW in size. The company envisions the modules being produced in a new semi-automated factory that could churn out up to 1GW of electrolysers each year. For comparison, the largest existing factories around the world have an annual output of less than 30MW. “The Gigastack project seeks to significantly lower the cost of producing green hydrogen by scaling the individual electrolyser stacks and the production process,” said ITM Power chief executive Graham Cooley. The company has two partners on the project – Orsted and Element Energy. Other winners from the Hydrogen Supply competition include the Dolpyhn project from Environmental Resources Management, which would see electrolysers co-located with floating wind farms, and EDF Energy’s Hydrogen-to-Heysham project, which would see them installed at its Heysham 1 and 2 nuclear power stations. Phil Sinclair, engineering manager at Heysham 1, said: “The key parts in creating a viable hydrogen production process is having a supply of low cost, low carbon electricity, the ability to physically accommodate the equipment and a demand for the product – all of which we have here at Heysham.
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