Quorn turns to green hydrogen to decarbonise production


Quorn has linked up with Protium and Petrofac to explore the deployment of green hydrogen technology.

On 10 February, it announced that Protium and Petrofac will explore how introducing dual-fuel boilers, combusting hydrogen and natural gas blend, can meet expanding production capacity at its Belasis production facility in the North East. Specifically, they will look at the potential of supplying green hydrogen through a pipeline as part of Protium’s green hydrogen project in Teesside.

The hydrogen hub is set to deploy up to 40MW of electrolysis, producing over 9 tonnes of green hydrogen per day. Protium would look to displace part of Quorn’s natural gas demand with green hydrogen, potentially saving as much as 13,200 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

The project could serve as a blueprint for other manufacturing companies aiming to decarbonise their processes, and not just those in the vegan protein space, Quorn added. A 2021 report from the Waste & Resources Action Programme found the UK ‘s food and beverage industry contributes 35% to the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions, highlighting the role the industry has to play in tackling climate change and achieving net zero.