Principle Power gets FEED contract for Scottish wind-to-hydrogen project
Imabe by The ERM International Group Limited (www.erm.com)
ERM, the developer of the Dolphyn technology combining electrolysis, desalination and hydrogen production on a floating wind platform, has awarded a Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) contract to Principle Power for a 10-MW demonstration project in Scottish waters.
The two companies have been working together to develop decentralised hydrogen production opportunities since 2019. As a result, the Dolphyn concept’s modular design integrates electrolysis and a wind turbine on a moored floating semi-submersible platform based on Principle Power’s WindFloat technology.
The project off the coast of Aberdeen was awarded GBP 8.62 million (USD 9.56m/EUR 9.83m) in funding from the UK government under Stream 2 of the Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2 (HySupply 2) competition in May 2022. It is considered to be a core project for the UK’s Hydrogen coast strategy and is seen to help create over 10,000 jobs by 2030 and more than 100,000 by 2050, according to the latest announcement.
The 10-MW demonstrator is planned to begin operations in late 2025. ERM views it as a key step in proving the Dolphyn concept prior to commercial-scale deployment. It noted that commercial-scale projects of over 300 MW are already under development and could be delivered before the end of the decade.