In order to cut emissions and improve energy security, Kimberly-Clark is collaborating with the green hydrogen joint venture HYRO, which is owned by RES and Octopus Energy Generation, to replace gas in UK manufacturing with green hydrogen.
When it’s bright and windy, HYRO works with industrial companies to create, own, and run green hydrogen facilities that make the most of local renewable energy sources. In this most recent agreement, HYRO will create electrolyzers for two Kimberly-Clark UK manufacturing plants to produce green hydrogen.
Green hydrogen will be produced on-site by electrolyzers using power from renewable resources like wind and solar, which will then be stored and fed into factory boilers that can burn hydrogen instead of natural gas. It will generate the heat required in the production of tissues and toilet paper.
The government has now included the two initiatives from Wales and Kent to its shortlist for financing. For Kimberly-Clark, the two electrolyzer plants will lower thousands of tonnes of CO2 emissions annually and have a combined capacity of 22.5 MW. Also, it will support the government’s 2030 green hydrogen goal-setting.
This comes as HYRO prepares to spend £3 billion on green hydrogen plant construction in the UK. The investments are accelerating the nation’s clean hydrogen economy and boosting Britain’s energy independence while also producing green jobs.
To further decarbonize Kimberly-UK Clark’s operations, the company is working with HYRO in addition to its current partnership with Octopus. To obtain green electricity from the Cumberhead wind farm in Scotland, which Octopus Energy Generation runs on behalf of Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust, Kimberly-Clark already has a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) (ORIT).