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Octopus Hydrogen gets green hydrogen permit

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The Environment Agency has authorized Octopus Hydrogen to begin producing green hydrogen.

The energy company located in the United Kingdom is free to manufacture at the Energy Hub project in MIRA Technology Park. This permit certifies that the location conforms with the environmental agency’s criteria and is suitable for hydrogen production.

Octopus anticipates obtaining a gas certification by December 2022 and launching the site in its entirety. After its inauguration, the plant will produce sufficient green hydrogen to supply the MIRA technological park with the equivalent of 10 44-ton heavy goods vehicles every day.

This permission is a significant step towards Octopus’ goal of installing 1.1MW Clean Power Hydrogen (CPH2) electrolyzers and a Maximator compressor system. The CPH2 model offers a simple architecture and a novel way to producing fuel cell-grade hydrogen. In May 2021, Octopus built a 1MW electrolyzer to its facility, marking another another significant achievement for the company. The electrolyzer produces up to 451 kg of 99.999% pure hydrogen each day.

Green hydrogen, which is created by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen, is essential for the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. Octopus will also use electricity from other sources, such as wind and solar, for the electrolysis process. It has software that optimizes electrolyzer usage, increases efficiency, reduces costs, and contributes to grid balancing.

Octopus will significantly contribute to the UK’s hydrogen roadmap for 2021. The strategy asks for increasing production and utilization of hydrogen with low carbon emissions. The UK government boosted the hydrogen production target to 10GW by 2030 in April. It is anticipated that at least half of this quantity will come from green hydrogen.

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