Statkraft steps on UK hydrogen market to produce green fuel for trains
Hydrogen tanks. Source: US Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
Norwegian state-owned renewables generator Statkraft on Monday unveiled plans to build its first green hydrogen plant in the UK amid a larger plan to develop several projects in the country.
The company’s inaugural project will be sited in Pembrokeshire, Wales, where the Norwegian company intends to produce up to three tonnes of green hydrogen daily. The facility will be housed at a disused rail transfer shed within a former Royal Navy armaments depot.
According to the plan, the production process will be powered by electrolysers that will source electricity from three wind turbines and ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. The output of the Trecwn Green Energy Hub will be potentially used to run trains, HGV lorries and buses, as well as for other industries in Wales.
Statkraft noted that the project has received the Development of National Significance label as the proposal includes renewable power generation of over 10 MW. The exact capacity of the electrolysers and the solar and wind components was not specified.
The Norwegian firm has already initiated early site investigations and will soon submit a scoping request before lodging its planning application with the Planning and Environmental Decisions Wales (PEDW). Public consultations and community engagement sessions are planned to be organised later in October.
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