Europe’s first large-scale, low-carbon hydrogen production plants have received £70 million as part of a £90m package from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng unveiled the backing for hydrogen plants on the Mersey and near Aberdeen, and the Gigastack project to harness offshore wind from the Grimsby coast to power electrolysis and produce hydrogen.
A further £20m will be used to fund projects aimed at cutting household emissions and bills through nine UK-wide local “smart energy” projects.
Rebecca Williams, Head of Regulation & Policy at trade body RenewableUK, said: “Green hydrogen has the potential to be a gamechanger in the energy sector, accelerating the transition to net zero emissions.
“Gigastack is a ground-breaking project, with what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm set to provide renewable electricity to make green hydrogen, which can be stored to make our power system more flexible, or used as a clean fuel for transport, industry and heating.”