Shoreham Port has begun work on an ambitious new partnership with H2evolution to create a green hydrogen hub. A planning application will shortly be developed to establish a 20-megawatt electrolysis plant to the south of the Port’s famous lock gates.
The hydrogen produced at Shoreham will be fully certified as green as it will be produced from a combination of captive renewable energy sources available at the Port and green energy, with guaranteed certificates of renewable origin, from the Grid. The production process is almost silent, produces no waste and emits no pollutants. The hydrogen hub, which we aim to have operational in 2024, has the potential to produce fuel cell grade hydrogen to supply local and regional operators of fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) buses, HGVs and waste collection vehicles, as well as vessels and the Port’s own cranes and forklift trucks.
Tom Willis, Chief Executive at Shoreham Port commented “Through the creation of our hydrogen hub, which will supply zero emission green hydrogen, Shoreham Port can form part of the solution to the region’s net-zero challenges. As a community organisation we would like to work with everyone to make this new stage of the Port’s growth a success. The new plant will be clean, quiet and create good quality jobs at the Port and within the wider community”.
The UK hydrogen supply chain is expected to grow rapidly in the next five to ten years as demand for practical zero emission and zero carbon diesel alternatives increases. In the UK Government’s recent Policy paper, ‘The Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution’, it states “Hydrogen is the lightest, simplest and most abundant chemical element in the universe. It could provide a clean source of fuel and heat for our homes, transport and industry”. A recent research report by Aurora Energy Research, the leading European energy market analytics company, suggests that hydrogen demand could grow significantly from 327 Tera Watt Hour today to up 2,500 Tera Watt Hour by 2050.
Stephen David, Chairman at H2evolution commented “We are excited to be entering into a strategic partnership with Shoreham Port, as this is an excellent site for the creation of a game-changing green hydrogen facility. We will be producing entirely green, zero carbon fuel to decarbonise the equivalent of 300 buses; enough for towns and cities like Brighton & Hove and Worthing, which will prevent the emission of over 100 tonnes of CO2 per day. This will make a huge contribution to the climate change objectives of our community, local authority, and businesses, and can be a key enabler for the expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone in Brighton City Centre.”
This partnership signifies the start of the development of the hydrogen hub – further announcements on expanding the number of organisations involved will be made as the project develops. The new partnership is actively engaged in the pioneering work recently announced by Ricardo. Steve Dyke, Automotive & Industrial Managing Director, commented “We are delighted to see hydrogen being promoted in the area and fully support its production so close to our planned hydrogen development and test facilities at our Shoreham Technical Centre.”
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.
Questions about the hydrogen hub or anything else relating to the Port can be sent to [email protected]
We will be discussing the progress on the hydrogen hub and our wider Masterplan at our annual Public Meeting which is scheduled for the 22nd of June at 18:00. The meeting will be held virtually- everybody is welcome. Details on how to join the meeting will be available via the Port’s website soon.