Shoreham Port today (15th November) announced to collaborate with H2 Green, Local Fuels and Ricardo to explore developing a renewable green energy hub at Shoreham Port.
H2 Green, a hydrogen subsidiary of Getech (the geoscience and geospatial technology provider), has signed a Collaboration Agreement with Shoreham Port, West Sussex, UK. Under the agreement, H2 Green gains exclusive rights to develop all port-based hydrogen, ammonia, and new onshore wind and solar power generation capacity at the port. It gets a two-year legally binding exclusive right to establish a renewable energy hub that will initially focus on providing green hydrogen and renewable electricity to the port’s fleet of 39 heavy forklift trucks and 12 heavy goods vehicles. The hub will then be expanded to serve over 800 heavy goods vehicles that enter Shoreham Port daily and port and coastal marine vessels. At later stages, it plans an ammonia importation facility. H2 Green expects that the hub would help remove 45k tonnes/year of CO2 emissions.
Moreover, H2 Green can potentially supply hydrogen and by-products to industries operating near the port, including gas-fired power generation, timber & steel handling and water treatment projects. H2 Green assesses that the hydrogen facility at full capacity will be over around 8 tonnes/day by considering the additional demand from regional trucking, marine and industries.
Both Shoreham and H2 Green will now complete detailed planning and scheduling for the renewable energy hub. Shoreham Port has committed in principle to convert all suitable and commercially viable port vehicles to utilise both hydrogen and renewable energy produced by the hub. The final investment decision is expected in the second half of 2022.
Jonathan Copus, CEO of Getech plc, said, “H2 Green will provide the most flexible, reliable, and cost-effective green energy solution for the port, its customers and the wider region.”
Tom Willis, CEO of the Shoreham Port, added, “The project has the potential to make a significant contribution to the net-zero ambitions across South East England through the local generation of hydrogen from renewable energy.”
Furthermore, Local Fuels will bring their fuelling infrastructure and distribution expertise; and Ricardo will impart their world-leading engineering experience and pioneering leadership in hydrogen.
Anthony Salvidge, MD of Local Fuels, commented, “We will leverage our knowledge and expertise in downstream fuel distribution to explore and implement opportunities to deliver green hydrogen to the local market.”
Adrian Greaney, Technology Director at Ricardo, noted, “Ricardo is already applying our expertise across the hydrogen value chain to support customers around the globe with the decarbonisation of transport and energy for land, sea and air.”