Octopus Hydrogen and BayWa r.e. have joined forces to collaborate on green hydrogen production facilities at renewable project sites throughout the UK.
On 10 February, Octopus Hydrogen announced that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with BayWa, and will install electrolysers, compression and mobile hydrogen storage alongside selected solar and wind projects identified in BayWa’s growing UK project pipeline. These will have the potential to produce up to 6,500kg of green hydrogen per day, with the first deliveries expected next year.
The green hydrogen produced will be stored, before being distributed to customer sites, offering an end-to-end hydrogen supply solution. This will support the decarbonisation of local sectors, including commercial transport.
Octopus Hydrogen noted it has new software which will optimise electrolyser usage, balancing the grid and driving efficiencies, with this optimisation a catalyst for new renewable capacity which, in turn, can reduce the UK’s dependency on imported fossil gas, something driving the current energy crisis. The production facilities will be directly connected to onsite renewable energy generation, with around 30-40% of this directly consumed onsite by the electrolyser, leaving the remaining energy to be fed into the grid. This onsite hydrogen production helps to avoid potential curtailment of the renewable energy generation, owed to grid congestion.