Plans have now been submitted for Manchester’s first hydrogen fuel hub.
On 11 August, Trafford Green Hydrogen – subsidiary of Carlton Power – submitted a planning application for the 200MW hydrogen fuelling hub, set to be the largest in the UK. It will support businesses in the Greater Manchester region that use hydrogen for transportation fleets or with heating requirements, handing them easy access to hydrogen fuel. It will produce and store hydrogen at scale, while helping to integrate renewable energy regionally, through storage of solar and wind.
The hub is set to be based at the Trafford Low Carbon Energy Park and, subject to planning approval and financing, could see construction commence in early 2022 ahead of commercial operation beginning in 2023.
Development of the hub will be driven forward by Carlton Power, Manchester Metropolitan University, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Trafford Council, Cadent Gas and Electricity North West, with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed back in March, when the plans were first revealed.