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Latest News on the UK Hydrogen Economy - 21/11/22

Ames Goldsmith Ceimig, as a manufacturer of catalysts such as Iridium Oxide, Iridium Ruthenium Oxide, Iridium Black, Platinum Black & Platinum on Carbon support, are strong supports of the emerging Hydrogen Economy and supply many manufacturers of Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) technology including PEM Electrolysers and PEM Fuel Cells.

In the UK we are members of the UKHFCA & SHFCA. Here are some of the recent developments in Hydrogen happening in the UK and affecting the Hydrogen Economy more broadly:

Scottish Government releases Assessment of Electrolysers report – featuring Ames Goldsmith Ceimig in the Scottish supply chain - Weblink

The Scottish Government recently published their Assessment of Electrolysers report, an assessment into the state of electrolyser manufacturing globally, to support an understanding of the supply chain opportunities in Scotland. This report by SHFCA member Arup was commissioned by the Scottish Government to determine the current state of electrolyser manufacturing globally and to support the growing supply chain that will be required to reach the levels of electrolyser deployment targeted in Scotland.

Ames Goldsmith Ceimig feature in the report as a case study of Scottish technology on page 36.

IEA releases Global Hydrogen Review 2022 - Weblink

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released their latest annual Global Hydrogen Review 2022 which shows that the use of low carbon hydrogen is set to grow sharply in the coming years, with interest in it increasing amid the current global energy crisis. This year’s report also includes a special focus on how the global energy crisis sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has accelerated the momentum behind hydrogen and on the opportunities that it offers to simultaneously contribute to decarbonisation targets and enhance energy security.

Hydrogen Council releases H2 Insights 2022 report - Weblink

The Hydrogen Council has released its state of the industry report, Hydrogen Insights 2022, which provides an updated perspective on global hydrogen market development and the actions required to unlock hydrogen at scale. It concludes that investment proposals will need to triple to $700 billion by 2030 in order to achieve the global 2050 net zero target.

Clean H2 accelerator receives UK government backing - Weblink

Carbon Trust announced its new clean H2 accelerator, which aims to help secure the UK’s energy supply and support climate targets. The project will join up industry players, backed by BEIS, the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The Clean Hydrogen Innovation Program (CHIP) aims to speed up the deployment of clean H2, by reducing the end-to-end cost through technical innovation so that it becomes cost competitive with conventional alternatives.

Protium expands Tees Valley Net Zero hydrogen project to 70MW - Weblink

Protium is expanding its Tees Valley Net Zero hydrogen project to nearly 70MW, a 30MW increase on the original capacity.

The company announced its green hydrogen project last year, located on Wilton Universal Group’s site in the UK north-east.

Building a hydrogen production facility will provide Protium with the infrastructure necessary to generate renewable green hydrogen energy, with plans to supply local manufacturers once built. It will also include the development of green hydrogen storage to support the largest PEM electrolyser in Teesside to enable local manufacturing and logistics businesses to transition from natural gas and diesel energy sources.

UK Government launches £20m competition for Tees Valley Hydrogen Transport Hub - Weblink

The UK Government has launched a £20m ($22.4m) competition for industry to harness the power of hydrogen in new transport project in Tees Valley, UK, with hopes of lowering carbon emissions in a wide range of transport use-cases.

The Tees Valley Hydrogen Transport Hub competition welcomes bidders to push the boundaries of hydrogen to see how it can be used to create a cleaner, more efficient transport sector.

Run by Innovate UK, the competition will see businesses and research groups collaborate to discover how hydrogen can be used as a reliable fuel source.

Planning Permission Secured for Manchester’s First Hydrogen Fuel Hub - Weblink

Carlton Power has secured planning permission for Greater Manchester’s first low-carbon fuel hub. It is an important milestone in the development of the 200MW Trafford Green Hydrogen scheme.

First announced in March 2021, the £300 million scheme in Greater Manchester will be a catalyst for more low-carbon generation and greater security in the North West of the UK.

Trafford Green Hydrogen will boost investment in new energy infrastructure and job creation in the area, with the first phase of the scheme at 15-20MW likely to create around 200 construction jobs over two years.

With future phases to be constructed in response to the demand for hydrogen in the region, it is said that up to 10 full-time operational jobs will be created.

Scottish Government backs offshore green hydrogen demonstration project - Weblink

The Net Zero Technology Centre (NZTC) has been awarded £2.12m ($2.3m) by the Scottish Government to demonstrate the feasibility of repurposing existing oil and gas assets for offshore green hydrogen production.

NZTC today (October 13) revealed the funding from Government’s Just Transition Fund (JTF) will support the delivery of its Hydrogen Offshore Production Project (HOP2) which seeks to demonstrate if offshore hydrogen production and storage at a scale of 500MW to 1GW utilising existing oil and gas assets is feasible.


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