Lhyfe and Centrica have agreed to jointly develop offshore renewable green hydrogen in the UK in what they’ve called a first for the country.
The pair have struck a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore combining their expertise to collaborate on a pilot production site in the Southern North Sea.
The pilot will aim to combine Lhyfe’s expertise on green hydrogen production and Centrica’s experience of gas storage and infrastructure.
If successful, the end result will be proof that an end-to-end hydrogen production, storage, and distribution system is possible in the country.
Both firms will also examine an additional partnership to deploy the technology at commercial scale alongside offshore wind electricity production.
Renewable green hydrogen coupled with offshore wind power is expected to play an increasingly important role in the UK’s energy mix.
Centrica previously announced it is exploring revamping its Rough site to turn it into a storage base for hydrogen, which could then help to decarbonise swathes of the economy.
Colin Brown, UK and Ireland country manager of Lhyfe, said: “We are pleased to announce this agreement with Centrica, which represents an exciting opportunity to drive forward the clean energy transition through large-scale offshore green hydrogen production. Offshore electrolysis coupled with hydrogen storage will maximise the huge potential of offshore wind around the UK. The UK can become a global leader in the production of renewable green hydrogen, moving away from our reliance on fossil fuels and improving our homegrown energy security, while delivering net zero and boosting local economies.”
The UK Government has doubled its low-carbon hydrogen production target from 5 gigawatts (GW) to 10GW by 2030, with at least half of this coming from green hydrogen.
Hydrogen production is expected to initially support decarbonisation of industrial clusters, like the Humber cluster with further use cases developing with a growing hydrogen economy.
A recent report by the Climate Change Committee confirmed the essential role of hydrogen production, storage and use in achieving the goal of a net zero electricity system in the UK by 2035.
Martin Scargill, managing director of Centrica Storage, said: “We are delighted to be working with our partners Lhyfe on another exciting and world-leading Hydrogen project. Hydrogen is going to play a key role in decarbonising the UK’s power supply by 2035 and our long-term ambition is for Rough, our gas storage site, to be the world’s largest hydrogen store, offering up to 16TWh of storage capacity. This pilot will show how green hydrogen can be produced, moved and stored in the UK market; all while supporting the UK on its net zero journey.”