For the Port of Immingham, Uniper has received matching funds from the UK government along with Siemens Energy, Toyota Tsusho, and Associated British Ports (ABP).
Funding from the Department for Transport-funded Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, in conjunction with Innovate UK, will assist create a 20MW green hydrogen generation system for the port.
A direct substitute for diesel and heavy fuel oil or for the manufacturing of environmentally friendly shipping fuels will be possible with this technology.
Electrification is not a feasible answer to the problem of decarbonising marine.
When it comes to hydrogen as a substitute for fossil fuels, Immingham may be the starting point.
The firms will now conduct a comprehensive feasibility assessment for this intriguing idea, dubbed Project Mayflower, in order to determine its viability.
As part of the research, engineers will examine the technical and economic viability of using hydrogen to reduce port greenhouse gas emissions and establish a clear strategy for the future.
On the other hand, it will examine important areas such as converting existing infrastructure, hydrogen generation/storage, and possible applications in and around the port.
This research may be completed in 2022 and the FEED could begin in 2023, with probable financial investment choices to be made in 2023.
Up to 2025, green hydrogen production is expected to become a reality.
The company’s country chairman and chief commercial officer in the United Kingdom, Power Mike Lockett, said: “This is fantastic news.
Our feasibility study in this ground-breaking location will now be allowed to move forward, and we’re really excited about that.
In order to decarbonize hard-to-reach sectors such as transportation, heavy industrial, and marine, we believe hydrogen might be the right option.
In addition, Siemens Energy’s UK and Ireland vice president Steve Scrimshaw said that the investment will allow Siemens to examine the entire decarbonisation potential of hydrogen in the marine industry, which may be duplicated at other ports around the world.
ABP chief executive Henrik Pedersen said: “This winning bid is an exciting and essential milestone in the UK’s road to Net Zero. “.
ABP’s Port of Immingham can play a pioneering role, according to the company. “We believe hydrogen will be a game-changer for decarbonising marine and wider industry.