ITM, partners to explore 100-MW power-to-gas project in UK

Power-to-gas pipes. Source: ITM Power plc (www.itm-power.com)

October 4 (Renewables Now) - UK hydrogen specialist ITM Power (LON:ITM) and partners will carry out the feasibility study for a 100-MW power-to-gas energy storage project in the UK with funding support from Innovate UK.   

"The project explores green hydrogen production, pipeline transmission, salt cavern storage and gas grid injection at an industrial scale and will assess the business case for deployment," ITM Power chief executive Graham Cooley said in a statement last week.

To be located at Runcorn, Cheshire, the so-called Project Centurion could become the first power-to-gas system in the UK to feed hydrogen into the public gas network at scale.

The aim of the project is to demonstrate a 100-MW power-to-gas facility that can produce low-carbon hydrogen for heat, decarbonisation of industry and transport fuel, and, at the same time, provide energy storage to help the UK energy system integrate more renewable energy.

ITM Power partners on the project with chemical company Inovyn, Storengy, Cadent and Element Energy. The power-to-gas system is to be located at the Inovyn Runcorn site, which already produces hydrogen as a co-product of the chlor-alkali process. The site has a 420-MW supergrid connection, power electronics and planning consent for industrial scale hydrogen production, ITM said.

The study will look into transporting hydrogen by pipeline for storage at salt caverns near Lostock, as well as the feasibility of injecting into the local gas network. Other potential demands for the hydrogen such as for industrial and transport use will also be explored.

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