Hydrogen

Supporting the transition to a low carbon economy is at the heart of our business strategy and we recognise the central role hydrogen and fuel cells will play in reaching the UK’s ambitious carbon reduction targets. We have a number of hydrogen production and fuel cell projects in development and are collaborating with Bloom Energy on several significant projects to bring hydrogen ready power to the UK.

Hydrogen is well-suited for an array of applications and unlocks a net-zero emissions future for hard-to-decarbonize heavy industries. Our membership of the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association reflects our belief that hydrogen and fuel cells are becoming increasingly important as part of a wider energy solution.

How hydrogen is part of our sustainable future

Hydrogen will be a key contributor to sustainable development and the energy transition as the UK moves towards net zero. Hydrogen is an effective and environmentally friendly energy carrier. The main aim of the UK Hydrogen Strategy is to have the capacity to produce 10GW (ten billion joules per second) of low-carbon power from hydrogen by 2030. This is equivalent to the amount of gas used by six million UK households.

Lowestoft Power Park

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.