Shoreham Port has brought together H2 Green who will be producing the hydrogen, Local Fuels who will bring their fuelling infrastructure and distribution expertise and Ricardo, who will impart their world leading engineering experience and pioneering leadership in hydrogen conversions.
The development will include the creation of a hydrogen hub integrated with onshore wind and solar power generation.
With transport decarbonization high on the agenda at COP26 recently, the development will provide 100% green hydrogen and renewable electricity to the Port's fleet of heavy forklift trucks and HGVs in its first phase, with the ambition to supply hydrogen to fuel the 800 HGVs that enter the Port each day, reducing emissions and noise.
The plans also include an ammonia importation facility, which would be used to carry hydrogen, connecting the Port to large scale green energy projects worldwide, which would deliver lower cost green fuel to benefit local users.
Shoreham is a Trust Port with a 260-year history of delivering value to the local community. The innovations will help the Port to achieve its own net zero by 2030 ambition and decarbonize the South East England region.
Luke Johnson, managing director of H2 Green, a Getech business said, "We have worked closely with Shoreham Port to develop a bold vision for the Port that delivers significant emissions reductions to support its net zero goals and also benefits the Port's customers, community and wider region economy.
"Decarbonization of the HGVs and forklift trucks entering and using the Port would save 45,000 tons of CO2 each year. As a trusted developer of hydrogen hub infrastructure, H2 Green is proud to be involved in this transformational integrated green energy development."
Shoreham Port is one of only two to achieve Port Environmental Review System (PERS) certified EcoPort status.
Anthony Salvidge, Managing Director of Local Fuels said, “We are looking forward to working as part of this collaboration. We will leverage our knowledge and expertise in downstream fuel distribution to explore and implement opportunities to deliver green hydrogen to the local market. In addition, we will play our part in the energy transition through the importation and storage of synthetic zero carbon fuels."
Tom Willis, Chief Executive of Shoreham Port said, "The project has the potential to make a significant contribution to the net zero ambitions across South East England through the local generation of hydrogen from renewable energy.
"The hydrogen production process is quiet, odorless and the clean fuel produced will reduce emissions across the region as transport operators convert large fleets to run on it. As a community organization we intend to work with all our stakeholders to make this new stage of Shoreham Port's development a success."
The green energy hub will drive regional growth in commercial transport hydrogen stimulating the development of local and global supply chains.
Adrian Greaney, Technology Director for Ricardo Automotive and Industrial EMEA said, “We are pleased to be supporting this collaboration. Ricardo is already applying our expertise across the hydrogen value chain to support customers around the globe with the decarbonisation of transport and energy for land, sea and air. Through this collaboration, we hope to contribute to the development of zero emissions solutions which are critical to our local and national economy."
Industries operating in and adjacent to the Port, including gas-fired power generation, timber, steel handling, and water treatment, are also potential customers for the hub's hydrogen power. By-products such as oxygen can be used to treat local sewage in a clean and efficient way to prevent planned releases to sea.