France-headed green hydrogen producer Lhyfe and Centrica plc an international energy services and solutions company have agreed to jointly develop offshore renewable green hydrogen in the UK in a first for the country. The companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that the companies say "could accelerate green hydrogen as part of the energy transition in the UK."
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Under the agreement, Lhyfe and Centrica will explore combining their expertise to collaborate on a pilot green hydrogen production site in the Southern North Sea.
The pilot will aim to combine Lhyfe’s expertise in green hydrogen production and Centrica’s experience in gas storage and infrastructure to ensure that the hydrogen produced can be safely stored and utilized in the UK.
The end result would be proof that an end-to-end hydrogen production, storage, and distribution system is possible in the country.
我们很高兴地宣布与岑本协议trica, which represents an exciting opportunity to drive forward the clean energy transition through large-scale offshore green hydrogen production. Offshore electrolysis coupled with hydrogen storage will maximize the huge potential of offshore wind around the UK. The UK can become a global leader in the production of renewable green hydrogen, moving away from our reliance on fossil fuels and improving our homegrown energy security, while delivering net zero and boosting local economies, said Colin Brown, Country Manager UK and Ireland at Lhyfe.
The energy firms will also examine an additional partnership to deploy the technology at a commercial scale alongside offshore wind electricity production.
Offshore wind coupled with green hydrogen poised for growth
Renewable green hydrogen coupled with offshore wind power is expected to play an increasingly important role in the UK’s energy mix, particularly with rapid expansion expected in both of these areas over the next 5-10 years.
The UK Government has doubled its low-carbon hydrogen production target from 5 GW to 10 GW by 2030, with at least half of this coming from green hydrogen.
Hydrogen production is expected to initially support the decarbonization of industrial clusters, like the Humber cluster with further use cases developing with a growing hydrogen economy.
A recentreport by the Climate Change Committee(CCC) confirmed the essential role of hydrogen production, storage, and use in achieving the goal of a net zero electricity system in the UK by 2035.
We are delighted to be working with our partners Lhyfe on another exciting and world-leading Hydrogen project. Hydrogen is going to play a key role in decarbonizing the UK’s power supply by 2035 and our long-term ambition is for Rough, our gas storage site, to be the world’s largest hydrogen store, offering up to 16TWh of storage capacity. This pilot will show how green hydrogen can be produced, moved, and stored in the UK market; all while supporting the UK on its net zero journey, said Martin Scargill, Managing Director of Centrica Storage.