Michelmersh has announced its successful bid to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) UK Government, Industrial Fuel Switching competition to conduct a feasibility study to replace natural gas with hydrogen in the brick-making process.
Phase 1 of the project will demonstrate the viability of fuel switching and will see hydrogen used in the clay brick production process at Michelmersh’s Freshfield Lane site.
The project aims to inspire radical change across the sector and present opportunities and evidence-based research to support manufacturers on their journey to decarbonise production processes heavily.
The programme is part of the £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP), which aims to provide funding for low-carbon technologies to decrease the costs of decarbonisation.
Michelmersh is excited to inspire radical change across the sector and present new opportunities and research to support manufacturers on the journey to decarbonise the production process massively.
Frank Hanna, Joint CEO of Michelmersh, said, “We are optimistic about the change we can inspire within the manufacturing sector. With decades of experience producing high-quality products and with the aid of our industry-leading partners, the Group is well suited to lead the UK with this flagship global first.”
The team understands the impact this project could have if successful. However, it also recognises a long journey ahead before hydrogen is fully tested throughout the multiple production processes or is financially viable to expand to all our sites.