OYSTER project picks Grimsby in England to test offshore electrolyser

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September 8 (Renewables Now) - The OYSTER consortium on Tuesday said it has selected the port town of Grimsby in eastern England as the location for the project to develop and demonstrate an electrolyser for integration with offshore wind turbines.

The OYSTER project, funded by the EU’s Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), is a partnership between ITM Power Plc (LON:ITM), Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED), Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) and Element Energy.

It will develop and test a megawatt-scale "marinised" electrolyser in a shoreside pilot. The electrolyser system will be designed to be compact so that it can be integrated with a single offshore wind turbine and will include desalination and water treatment processes to allow the usage of seawater for the electrolysis process. The project will also look into the potential of using pipelines to transport hydrogen to shore.

The rationale for choosing Grimsby includes the fact that it hosts the operations and maintenance (O&M) hub for Ørsted’s UK East Coast operations, including the Hornsea One and Hornsea Two offshore wind projects which will both use Siemens Gamesa turbines. The Humber is also home to the Gigastack project that is working on hydrogen from offshore wind and is led by a separate consortium, made up of ITM Power, Ørsted, Element Energy and Phillips 66 Ltd.

Decarbonisation of the Humber industrial cluster is key to meeting the UK’s net-zero 2050 target, the consortium further noted. It also said that both onshore and offshore electrolysers will likely be needed to reach the EU Hydrogen Strategy target of 40 GW of electrolysers by 2030.

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