EMEC to host UK govt-backed low-pressure hydrogen project

EMEC Hydrogen Production Plant on Eday (credit Colin Keldie)

May 26 (Renewables Now) - A project, led by UK-based H2Go Power, will deploy and trial a modular 1-MWh solid-state hydrogen storage system in Scotland's Orkney Islands, which is intended as a more efficient alternative to high-pressure storage.

The SHyLO (Solid Hydrogen at Low pressures) project last week secured GBP 4.3 million (USD 5.4m/EUR 5.1m) from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) under its Net Zero Innovation Portfolio Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2 competition.

The system will be trialed at the hydrogen production site in Eday of the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC). EMEC is one of the project consortium members along with Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Abbot Risk Consulting (ARC), Autodesk and HSSMI.

H2GO's technology, integrated with artificial intelligence (AI), stores and dispenses hydrogen in solid-state materials and is expected to deliver up to 55% lower costs over three years compared to compressing and storing hydrogen at high pressures. It also needs less floor space. As the technology stores hydrogen at ambient temperatures and pressures, it could be used for longer-term seasonal storage, while improving safety and reducing costs.

"This deployment showcases how utilising low-pressure, green hydrogen generated by wind and tidal energy can deliver higher efficiency and lower costs at scale while allowing island residents to depend more on cleaner grid power than their diesel generators," commented H2GO chief executive Enass Abo-Hamed.

H2GO chief commercial and investment officer Rishav Bhattacharyya said the project seeks to demonstrate using the company’s hardware and software in applications such as industrial heat and power, gas blending and long-duration energy storage.

(GBP 1 = USD 1.257/EUR 1.175)

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