ITM-Ørsted renewable hydrogen project nabs funds for phase 2

Hornsea Project Two. Source: ABB (new.abb.com)

February 18 (Renewables Now) - Gigastack, a UK-based research project on industrial scale renewable hydrogen production, has been awarded GBP 7.5 million (USD 9.8m/EUR 9m) from the UK government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to proceed to the second phase.

The project partners, ITM Power Plc (LON:ITM), Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED), consultancy Element Energy and fuel refiner Phillips 66 Ltd as the industrial off-taker, will now seek to fine-tune the electrolyser stack technology, test it and develop a large-scale manufacturing system.

In the initial feasibility phase, ITM Power developed the design for low-cost modular 5-MW electrolyser stacks that will enable the deployment of 100-MW electrolyser systems.

The second phase, to be led by Ørsted, will see the partners conduct a Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) study on a 100-MW electrolyser system comprised of 20-MW installations, ITM Power said. The production system will be connected directly to Ørsted’s Hornsea Two offshore wind farm and the renewable hydrogen will be supplied to Phillips 66’s Humber Refinery in Northern Linconshire.

ITM Power will install and trial the semi-automated machinery required to mass produce large stacks. The production system, which ITM Power will seek to validate, is to deliver 300 MW of electrolysers per year from 2023 until reaching the annual capacity of 1 GW in mid-2020s.

According to Element Energy, the Gigastack concept has the potential to reduce costs of renewable hydrogen production by up to 50% through commercial optimisation, industrialisation and regulatory support. Identifying these challenges is the key goal of the project.

(GBP 1.0 = USD 1.304/EUR 1.206)

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