Supercritical, with partners ScottishPower and Proton Ventures, has secured around £146,000 in funding from the Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for Phase 1 of their GreeNH3 project.
As part of the UK Government’s Net Zero Innovation Portfolio Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2 competition, it was with up to £6 million available in Phase 2, subject to a competitive tender process.
It follows on from the first Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply Competition. The competition forms part of the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP).
The GreeNH3 project will deliver a highly optimised power to the ammonia facility, offering both operational benefits in energy utilisation and capital cost improvements.
The revolutionary GreeNH3 project will transform the ammonia production process and usher in a new era of green hydrogen storage and distribution.
The GreeNH3 project will use Supercritical’s proprietary high-pressure electrolyser – powered by renewable energy – to deliver hydrogen without the need for gas compressors. This will then be used in Proton Ventures’ NFuel unit where the green hydrogen, under extremely high pressures, is combined with nitrogen from the air to produce ammonia.
ScottishPower, one of the UK’s leading renewables developers, will operate the pilot facility, providing valuable operator and market feedback. ScottishPower is already exploring the export of green hydrogen or ammonia from the UK to countries like Germany through the Scot2Ger initiative.
Barry Carruthers, Hydrogen Director at ScottishPower, said, “Innovative solutions like this are driving forward the clean fuels revolution, bringing green hydrogen and ammonia to markets that may not have realised there is a greener alternative, giving them a chance to do their bit for Net Zero.”
Luke Tan, Chief Product Officer at Supercritical, said, “Supercritical’s electrolyser is a hand in glove fit with the Haber-Bosch process. This demonstration opportunity will prove that, enabling a new market for green ammonia.”
Nitish Gadgil, Project Manager at Proton Ventures, said: “Proton Ventures is proud and excited to partner up with Supercritical and ScottishPower for this innovative GreeNH3 project. Our modular NFuel unit produces green ammonia, which is the most promising green hydrogen carrier and we strongly believe that this study contributes in kickstarting the green hydrogen economy.”
Energy Minister Greg Hands said “The UK is truly leading the world in hydrogen innovation thanks to exciting efforts like this.”