Submitted by Fisher German, approval has been received for a hydrogen energy plant in Nottinghamshire.
The development, approved last month, involves the installation of a 1.25-megawatt electrolyzer in a building being built in Bilsthorpe, southwest of the county.
Fisher German has been given permission to operate what is likely to be the first hydrogen power station in Nottinghamshire and one of only a handful of such projects across the country. Other partners in the project include GeoPura and Siemens Energy.
How it works
By using renewable energy from solar, an electrolyzer will be able to make hydrogen from water via electrolysis. The hydrogen will then be used in a fuel cell in order to create electricity.
Sarah DeRenzy-Tomson Team Leader for Fisher German said: “This is a new area of technology and only a handful of planning applications have been approved for schemes of this nature.
“The development appears industrial in character and appearance which is not normally appropriate in an open countryside setting.
“However, the merits of locating the facility adjacent to the point at which the electricity was being generated by the solar and wind farm were understood by the local authority.
“We are pleased to have secured consent for this innovative scheme on behalf of the landowners, who are particularly keen to promote sustainable energy production and embrace new innovative technologies.
“There is a clear drive to boost production and use of hydrogen for energy and once implemented, this scheme will make an important contribution towards this goal.”