UK Government shortlists green hydrogen projects for 250MW funding round

The UK Government has revealed its shortlist of electrolytic hydrogen projects in the running to receive funding from the Hydrogen Business Model / Net Zero Hydrogen Fund.

With contracts expected to be awarded in the fourth quarter of this year (2023), the Hydrogen Allocation Round 1 (HAR1) plans to fund up to 250MW of electrolytic hydrogen projects across England, Scotland and Wales.

Containing projects totalling 408MW of capacity, the shortlist offers insight into which projects could be among those entering operation in 2025.

RES and Octopus Renewables’ three projects in Scotland, Wales and the south east of England have all made the cut; Carlton Power’s projects Barrow Green Hydrogen, Langage Green Hydrogen and Trafford Green Hydrogen are also among those in the running.

SSE has also had two projects taken forward for consideration with SSE Thermal’s Albrough Hydrogen Pathfinder and SSE Renewables’ Gordonbush Hydrogen Project in contention.

Catherine Raw, Managing Director of SSE Thermal and Group Executive Committee lead for hydrogen, said, “For a thriving hydrogen economy to be developed, we need to see projects brought forward at pace and the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund aims to achieve exactly that.”

The other projects are:

  • Hygen’s Bradford Low Carbon Hydrogen
  • Progressive Energy Net Zero’s Cheshire Green Hydrogen
  • ERM Dolphyn’s Commercial Scale Demonstrator in Scotland
  • Pale Blue Dot Energy’s Cromarty Hydrogen Project
  • Phillips 66’s Gigastack project
  • JG Pears’ H2 Production Plant at High Marnham
  • Marubeni Europower’s HyBont
  • bp’s HyGreen Teesside
  • INOVYN ChlorVinyls’ Quill 2
  • EDF Renewables Hydrogen’s Tees Green Hydrogen
  • H2 Energy and Trafigura’s West Wales Hydrogen Project – Phase 1
  • Scottish Power’s Whitelee Green Hydrogen

The UK Department for Energy Security and Net Zero has said any projects that have not been shortlisted for HAR1 are encouraged to submit updated bids for the second allocation round which is set to be launched in Q4 2023, aiming to award contracts up to 750MW of capacity.

It comes as part of the UK’s plans of achieving its goals of establishing 10GW of low-carbon hydrogen production by 2030, of which 5GW is set to be electrolytic or green.

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