Green H2 trio set out to develop 100 MW in North West of England
Frodsham wind farm in England. Image source: handout
A consortium formed by UK’s Progressive Energy Ltd, Norwegian power producer Statkraft AS and alternative asset manager Foresight announced on Wednesday that it will work to develop multiple green hydrogen projects in the North West of England, beginning with 100 MW in the first phase.
The trio signed a collaboration agreement, and named the proposed 28-MW Cheshire Green Hydrogen project as “central to the portfolio”. This facility would be located at the Protos industrial and energy park in the North West of England and use power from Foresight’s managed Frodsham wind farm nearby.
Contracted wind and solar generation within Statkraft’s project portfolio will be an additional source of power for the Cheshire site, the consortium said.
Cheshire is expected to share infrastructure with projects put forward by the HyNet consortium of which Progressive Energy is a member. Specifically, Cheshire’s hydrogen would flow through HyNet’s planned pipeline and find its way to England’s industry.
The consortium also plans to work on green hydrogen projects directly co-located at major manufacturing sites within the region. The group has so far selected five such sites for the first phase of development, and is working to secure more locations, it said.
Each of these sites will use wind and solar power contracted from Statkraft, and HyNet’s hydrogen pipeline and storage in underground salt caverns.
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