Hundreds join event to discuss the UK’s first hydrogen production hub

Over 500 people registered to attend a virtual event held last week to discover how partners in the North West are designing and developing the UK’s first hydrogen production hub.
Hundreds join event to discuss the UK’s first hydrogen production hub
Essar's Stanlow facility.

Consortium partners Progressive Energy, Kent, Johnson Matthey and Essar shared details of how they are using Johnson Matthey’s innovative best in class Low Carbon Hydrogen (LCH) technology at Essar’s Stanlow Manufacturing Complex in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.

The ground-breaking HyNet hydrogen production plant will produce low carbon hydrogen to power businesses and homes across North West England and North Wales.  The engineering development of the UK’s first low carbon hydrogen hub has been funded by the UK Government’s hydrogen supply competition.

“Natural gas, and fuel gases from the refinery, will be converted into low carbon hydrogen, with carbon dioxide safely captured and stored under the sea in Liverpool Bay” said Jon Barden, Chief Operating Officer at Essar UK. “The hub will initially produce 3 terawatt-hours of low carbon hydrogen each year from the mid 2020's. This will be quickly followed by a facility twice this size giving a total capacity of over 9 terawatt-hours of hydrogen each year.”

Hydrogen is widely regarded by many as being critical to the UK’s future energy mix –providing a low carbon solution to fuel vital to heavy industry, moving goods around the country in heavy goods vehicles and trains, heating our homes and generating electricity when the sun is not shining or the wind blowing. It will help the UK decarbonise in order to reach its net zero commitments and pioneer a hydrogen economy as a catalyst for green growth.

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