Mercury Renewables has announced a first-of-a-kind green hydrogen generation plant on the border of Counties Mayo and Sligo, Ireland.
Mercury is developing one of Ireland’s first co-located onshore wind farms and hydrogen electrolysis plants. A 75-megawatt wind farm will power an electrolyser plant generating green hydrogen. Black & Veatch’s initial role in the project has been the feasibility studies that inform all aspects of the hydrogen development.
Black & Veatch’s early involvement has been to help Mercury understand which combination of electrolyser technology and size, as well as hydrogen storage and transport options – and water supply alternatives – best meets its business goals for the project. This is achieved through developing multiple scenario studies and conceptual site layouts.
Once the optimal configuration is identified, Black & Veatch will develop an outline design for the facility that is sympathetic to the local surroundings; and support engagement with the local community, as well as work to ensure the plant’s safe operation.
Mercury Renewables has been developing renewable energy projects in Ireland since 2009. At Firlough, as with other projects, the company will endeavour to provide localised economic growth; using, where possible, local people, equipment and services.
To support decarbonisation initiatives, and the use of hydrogen as a part of decarbonisation strategies, Black & Veatch in 2021 joined the Hydrogen Council and was appointed advisor to the US Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee. The company’s most recent hydrogen successes include selection by Mitsubishi Power Americas and Magnum Development, co-developers of what will be the world’s largest industrial green hydrogen production and storage facility, to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for that Advanced Clean Energy Storage project in Delta, Utah.
Tim Bills-Everett of Mercury, said, “The abundance of renewable energy potential in Ireland means green hydrogen should play a significant role in regional and national cross-sector decarbonisation. Projects like Firlough put Mercury at the vanguard of delivering Ireland’s hydrogen economy.”
Youssef Merjaneh, Black & Veatch’s Senior VP, said, “Hydrogen project developers and investors need confidence in the quality of the advice they receive. The most complete analysis will come from partners with expertise in hydrogen, renewable energy generation, and the complex interfaces between them that define projects like Firlough.”