UK Overcomes Energy Issues With New £26M Hydrogen Contract With Japan to Build Green Hydrogen Projects in Wales

By July 13, 2022 2   min read  (320 words)

July 13, 2022 |

Fuel Cells Works, UK Overcomes Energy Issues With New £26M Hydrogen Contract With Japan to Build Green Hydrogen Projects in Wales

The United Kingdom’s hydrogen ambitions will be boosted by a £26 million deal with a Japanese energy company to build green hydrogen projects in Wales.

Bridgend, Wales, has signed an MOU with Marubeni, a Japanese company that specializes in green energy. The agreement outlines plans to establish a new 5MW-class green hydrogen venture in Wales following the company’s selection of Wales as the preferred location for its green hydrogen demonstration project. In this program, an eco-friendly hydrogen energy plant will be constructed to produce low-cost green energy and balance its supply and storage.

Besides being fuel for heavy-duty, long-distance transportation, hydrogen is also a method of storing intermittent renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.

According to the Welsh Government, this agreement will create clean fuel for vehicles ranging from council gritters to recycling and garbage trucks.

Hydrogen fuel is also being investigated for use in heating schools, residential units, and swimming pools.

Minister for Climate Change Julie James added: “We are thrilled to witness this memorandum of understanding between Marubeni and Bridgend County Borough Council because this fascinating and ambitious initiative has the potential to contribute to our net-zero aspirations.

Increases in energy costs have highlighted the importance of developing indigenous, cleaner, and greener energy sources.

“Initiatives such as the hydrogen demonstrator project are crucial for giving proof of a sustainable energy source for Bridgend County Borough Council and Wales, and I am glad that the council is collaborating with a top expert in renewable energy on this initiative.”

Hydrogen vehicle technology has advanced significantly since Tevva presented the first hydrogen fuel cell-supported heavy goods vehicle (HGV) that will be manufactured, engineered, and produced in mass quantities in the United Kingdom.

The company, in addition to its battery-electric HGV design, has incorporated a hydrogen fuel cell system, which has been funded with £140 million.

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