Plans have been submitted to North Lincolnshire Council for the establishment of a hydrogen pilot plant adjacent to Centrica’s Brigg Power Station.
The project involves a partnership between Centrica, a leading energy company, and HiiRoc, a green-tech start-up that specializes in innovative hydrogen production methods. HiiRoc’s proprietary technology, recognized as a KPMG Global Tech Innovator, enables the conversion of biomethane, flare gas, or natural gas into clean hydrogen and carbon black using a modular thermal plasma electrolysis process. The resulting hydrogen, known as “emerald hydrogen,” is low carbon or even potentially negative carbon.
The initiative to develop the hydrogen pilot plant received support through a successful bid to the Net Zero Technology Centre’s £8 million Open Innovation Programme. The project aims to contribute to the UK’s renewable energy production goals and combat climate change by promoting sustainable and renewable energy methods.
Grant Fixter, a senior planner at professional services consultancy RPS Group, stated in the application that the proposed pilot plant would enhance the country’s understanding of hydrogen production methods and renewable energy production overall. While the plant will not generate commercial energy, selected clients and partners will utilize the facility to expand their knowledge of hydrogen production, paving the way for the development of future renewable energy projects incorporating hydrogen.
The establishment of the hydrogen pilot plant at Brigg Power Station marks an important step toward advancing the utilization of hydrogen as a low-carbon fuel. The collaboration between Centrica and HiiRoc demonstrates the commitment of energy industry leaders to explore innovative technologies and support the transition to sustainable energy sources.