A study initiated by Hydrogen East has established an overview of how a smart local energy system can be established on land between the Port of Lowestoft and Ness Point. The report investigates how existing, refurbished and potential energy assets in the area can be integrated into one ‘energy hub’. Part of the study explores how a hydrogen electrolyser could be deployed in conjunction with local renewable electricity generation. This could provide decarbonised fuel for local transport fleets. The study has been financially supported by Conrad Energy with Cadent, Scottish Power, East Suffolk Council and Suffolk County Council.
Planning consent was received from East Suffolk Council in February 2022 for our 3MW project comprised of up to three hydrogen electrolysers and associated storage, located within the Lowestoft PowerPark. Powered by clean electricity, the project has the potential to produce up to 470 tonnes of hydrogen per year – enough clean gas to heat the equivalent of 1500 average homes or fuel the equivalent of 60 hydrogen fuelled HGVs travelling 50,000 miles per year. The only emissions from the process will be oxygen, which we will also be exploring the potential to utilise in commercial applications. We’ve already started construction on the 7MW flexible generation site which forms part of the proposals and will bring grid stability to the wider Lowestoft area at times of high demand and grid system stress.
Our generators are key to balancing the grid and facilitate the addition of clean, zero carbon renewable sources which will generate electricity at varying levels for much longer periods.