First Hydrogen has identified four industrial sites in the UK as part of its drive to develop green hydrogen production projects.
On 11 April, it announced that it is now advancing discussions with landowners to secure land rights, while it is working with engineering consultants Arup for engineering studies and designs. All the sites are in prime industrial areas, spread strategically across the North and South of the UK, with each to accommodate a large refuelling station for light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles with on-site hydrogen production, and a larger hydrogen production site of between 20-40MW, for a total for the four sites of between 80-160MW.
According to First Hydrogen, it is expected that the target sites will qualify for the financial support from the UK government, both for development and construction phases, delivering capacity to support the 10GW hydrogen production ambition.
Once the production facilities are built, they will serve customers of First Hydrogen’s automotive division, with its green hydrogen van due to begin demonstrator testing in June, before final delivery for road use in September 2022. First Hydrogen is looking to secure a domestic supply of fixed-price long-term green hydrogen fuel and distribution arrangements with these customers. This will form part of its offering to fleet operators of a full hydrogen mobility service for light commercial vehicles, as well as supplying its mobile hydrogen refuelling stations with green hydrogen. Further announcements on the advancement of these projects as they develop is expected in future.