Carlton Power, Octopus Hydrogen, ScottishPower, SSE Renewables, and ERM Dolphyn are among the companies with projects under development that have been shortlisted for support under the UK government’s electrolytic hydrogen scheme.
Twenty projects from England, Scotland, and Wales have been shortlisted under the Hydrogen Business Model (HBM)/Net Zero Hydrogen Fund process, with a combined capacity of 408MW capacity. There will be further down selection between now and contract award, as projects go through due diligence and negotiations. With an aim to award contracts totalling up to 250MW capacity in Q4 2023.
The first projects will start operating in 2025 after contracts are issued in Q4 of 2023.
Three locations in Greater Manchester’s Trafford, Cumbria’s Barrow-in-Furness, and Devon’s Langage, close to Plymouth, have been shortlisted by Carlton Power.
Carlton Power intends to begin construction on each project before the end of the year, subject to final agreements with the Government and investment decisions for each project.
The three projects total £200 million in direct investment.
Carlton Power’s Hydrogen Projects Director, Eric Adams, said “We are delighted by today’s news. ”
“Our three projects will support the efforts of industry and transport operators in these areas to decarbonise.”
“They will be a catalyst for new investment and employment to support the growth of the hydrogen economy across the UK.”
“We are hugely grateful for all the support we have received to date – from our project partners – such as Kimberly-Clark, from local councils, local economic partnerships and businesses and parliamentarians from all parties.”
ScottishPower has received financing for its Whitelee project in Scotland as well as for one in Cromarty, also in Scotland, which it is developing with Pale Blue Dot Energy. Octopus Hydrogen and RES both have three projects on the shortlist, one each in Scotland, Wales, and south-east England.
There are also SSE Thermal’s Aldbrough Hydrogen Pathfinder project in Yorkshire, Hygen’s Bradford Low Carbon Hydrogen, Cheshire Green Hydrogen, being developed by Progressive Energy Net Zero, ERM Dolphyn’s offshore wind connected demonstrator, Gigastack, Gordonbush Hydrogen Project (GBH2), being developed by SSE Renewables, JG Pears’ H2 Production Plant at High Marnham, in the east Midlands, HyBont, being developed by Marubeni Europower in Wales, HyGreen Teesside, being developed by BP Alternative Energy Investments, Inovyn Chlorvinyls’ Quill 2 project in north-west England, EDF Renewables’ Tees Green Hydrogen project and the Phase 1 West Wales Hydrogen Project being developed by H2 Energy and Trafigura.
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