Government reveals winners of £60mn hydrogen competition


The government has revealed that 28 projects spread across the UK have been awarded funding through its Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2 (HySupply2) competition.

On 19 May, BEIS announced the winners, which will benefit from a share of £60mn in funding. This backing will support research and innovation in the supply of producing and transporting hydrogen, paving the way for it to become a more viable, affordable fuel to power industry. It will also help to drive the UK hydrogen industry forwards, cutting costs, bringing new solutions to market, and ensuring that the UK continues to develop world-leading hydrogen technologies “at home”.

ITM Power’s plan to build a next generation 5MW electrolyser stack is among the successful projects. Supported with £9.2mn, this will build on findings from the first Hydrogen Supply programme, with ITM Power aiming to bring the lowest cost green hydrogen solution to the market.

Vattenfall’s 8.8MW Hydrogen Turbine 1 project has received £9.3mn, with this set to be a world-first full scale demonstration combining offshore wind and green hydrogen production, while ERM Dolphyn has been awarded £8.6mn as it focuses on the production of green hydrogen at multi-gigawatt scale from floating offshore wind.

Elsewhere, Gemserv is leading a consortium to design, build, commission and operate the world’s largest and most efficient ammonia to hydrogen integrated membrane reactor, with £6.7mn awarded to support this work, while Cadent (£296,174) is set for feasibility work focused on how to purify hydrogen that has been through the gas grid to make it suitable for use in vehicles, and the National Nuclear Laboratory (£242,619) will review and model processes that can use the heat from nuclear reactors to produce hydrogen.