In a first for the nation, Lhyfe and Centrica have decided to work together to produce green, renewable, offshore hydrogen in the UK.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the companies might hasten the development of green hydrogen in the UK as part of the country’s energy transition. According to the agreement, Lhyfe and Centrica will investigate merging their knowledge to work together on a test site for producing green hydrogen in the Southern North Sea.
In order to ensure that the hydrogen produced can be safely stored and used in the UK, the pilot will combine Centrica’s knowledge with gas storage and infrastructure with Lhyfe’s expertise on environmentally friendly hydrogen production. The outcome would demonstrate the viability of a nationwide system for producing, storing, and distributing hydrogen.
The energy companies will also consider a different collaboration to commercially deploy the technology alongside offshore wind electricity generation.
With the expected rapid growth in both of these sectors over the next five to ten years, renewable green hydrogen combined with offshore wind power is anticipated to play an increasingly significant role in the UK’s energy mix.
By 2030, the UK Government now plans to produce 10GW rather than 5GW of low-carbon hydrogen, at least half of which will be made from green hydrogen. As the hydrogen economy expands, it is anticipated that hydrogen generation will eventually help the decarbonization of industrial clusters like the Humber cluster.
In order to achieve the objective of a net zero power system in the UK by 2035, hydrogen production, storage, and consumption are crucial, according to a recent report by the Climate Change Committee.