EET Hydrogen Production Plant

Location

Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom

Our Impact:

Sustainability

Our Specialist Brands:

Penspen

Expertise:

Energy Transition

Developing the first large scale low carbon hydrogen production hub in the UK  

Hydrogen hub will transform the energy landscape  

The UK has committed to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and has a target to generate 70% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.   

In the North West region - the UK’s industrial heartland – achieving this will mean finding a way to decarbonize industry while still driving economic growth. With a high concentration of automotive, aerospace and pharmaceutical manufacturers, it is responsible for about 11 percent of UK emissions.  

To build a low carbon economy, the region needs a clean energy source like hydrogen to supplement other renewable energy sources, as well as the infrastructure to transport and store it.   

HyNet North West is the leading project in the UK working to locally produce, transport and store low carbon hydrogen. An integral part of HyNet, EET Hydrogen’s HPP1 plant was selected to progress as one of two large-scale low carbon hydrogen production hubs.  

In its initial phases, it will produce 1.35GW of hydrogen capacity – more than enough to power a large UK city like Liverpool – and capture some 2.5 million tons of carbon per annum. 

In addition to the powering industry, the hydrogen will be able to supplement electricity generation for transportation and be blended into gas for heating.  

By 2030, it will have the impact of reducing emissions equivalent to taking 1.1 million cars off the road.  

  

Bringing together proven technology and infrastructure   

Penspen, Sidara’s global energy specialist, is engineering the natural gas pipeline and infrastructure required for the production hub.   

After being produced in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, the hydrogen will be safely transported through underground pipelines and stored in repurposed salt caverns until it is needed.  

Successful demonstrations at Pilkington Glass and Unilever have already been run to show how the switch over from natural gas to hydrogen could work - and over 40 organizations have signed up to decarbonize through HyNet. 

In conjunction with replacing fossil fuel and natural gas, industry emissions will be transported through repurposed underground pipes to almost-empty gas fields under the sea, to be stored forever.  

  

Re-engineering a future around clean energy  

By 2030, EET Hydrogen expects to deliver nearly 4GW of low carbon hydrogen – 40% of the UK government’s target. The organization is investing an expected £1B in the UK’s North West to enable businesses to switch from fossil fuels to low carbon energy, helping to secure and grow vital industries and jobs and unlocking billions of pounds of related investment.  

There will be an immediate and noticeable impact, as CO₂ emissions across the region will go down by a quarter starting in the mid-2020s and are expected to decrease by 10 million tons every year by 2030.  

In addition to power for industry, hydrogen from the hub can also be blended into the existing gas network to reduce the amount of carbon required for heating homes and businesses. And, since it can be stored, it will also be used to generate electricity when other renewables are not online, which will increasingly be used to fuel transportation like buses and trains.   

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