Shoreham Port started work on a new partnership with H2evolution to create a green hydrogen hub. A planning application will shortly be developed to establish a 20-megawatt electrolysis plant to the south of the Port’s lock gates.
The hydrogen produced at Shoreham will be fully certified as green as it will be produced from a combination of captive renewable energy sources available at the Port and green energy, with certificates of renewable origin, from the Grid.
The production process produces no waste and emits no pollutants. The hydrogen hub aims to be operational in 2024, and has the potential to produce fuel cell grade hydrogen to supply local and regional operators of fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) buses, HGVs and waste collection vehicles, as well as vessels and the Port’s own cranes and forklift trucks.
Tom Willis, Chief Executive at Shoreham Port, stated:
"Through the creation of our hydrogen hub, which will supply zero emission green hydrogen, Shoreham Port can form part of the solution to the region’s net-zero challenges. As a community organisation we would like to work with everyone to make this new stage of the Port’s growth a success. The new plant will be clean, quiet and create good quality jobs at the Port and within the wider community"
This partnership signifies the start of the development of the hydrogen hub. Further announcements on expanding the number of organisations involved will be made as the project develops.
The UK hydrogen supply chain is expected to grow rapidly in the next five to ten years as demand for practical zero emission and zero carbon diesel alternatives increases. In the UK Government’s recent Policy paper, ‘The Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution’, it states “Hydrogen is the lightest, simplest and most abundant chemical element in the universe. It could provide a clean source of fuel and heat for our homes, transport and industry”.
In addition, a recent research report by Aurora Energy Research, suggests that hydrogen demand could increae significantly from 327 Tera Watt Hour today to up 2,500 Tera Watt Hour by 2050.