Shoreham Port (a port in Brighton, UK) and H2evolution (a UK independent hydrogen development company) are partnered for building a 20-megawatt electrolysis plant at the port, which is expected to be operational by 2024. It is also announced that the hydrogen produced by the plant will be fully certified as green hydrogen.
“The plant will produce 2,500 tonnes hydrogen per year when fully operational,” Shoreham Port spokesman told H2 Bulletin. The project will require an investment of around £30 million (US$ 42 million), the port authority added.
The spokesman added that they are going to apply for funding for electrical supply and enabling works. “Regarding captive renewable power, at the moment, none of it is captive as it all feeds into the grid, but once the plant is up and running, we hope to have a peak generation capacity in the vicinity of the plant between 10-15 MW.”
Hydrogen as an energy vector has also created potential opportunities for ports. Recently, there have been quite developments worldwide about adding hydrogen capacities at ports to address both local and export markets. However, given the UK hydrogen needs, there is less room for exports.
“We expect it all to be consumed very locally, not exported for the short to medium term,” the spokesman confirmed.
Shoreham Port and H2evolution are both members of Hydrogen Sussex, part of the Greater Brighton Economic Board, which facilitates and supports the hydrogen economy across the region. Hydrogen Sussex grew out of the Greater Brighton Energy Plan, which launched in 2020. Hydrogen Sussex will be launched on 26th February.