Air Products, VPI Partner For UK Hydrogen Hub

Air Products, VPI Partner For UK Hydrogen Hub - Carbon Herald
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International corporation Air Products and power generator VPI will work together to create a hydrogen hub on the south bank of the UK’s Humber Estuary. The hub’s main goal will be to decarbonize VPI’s power production in Immingham.

The two companies will work on the Humber Hydrogen Hub (H3), an 800-megawatt production site that will feature capture and storage and have the potential to capture up to 2 million tonnes per of CO2 annually.

The facility will produce hydrogen as a substitute fuel to VPI’s current third gas turbine power train.

“Having a partner who is committed to decarbonizing their existing power production operations through the use of low-carbon hydrogen provides the secure hydrogen offtake that makes this an excellent opportunity for us to support them and the UK government’s broader sustainability targets,” said Air Products chief operating officer Samir Serhan.

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The additional produced hydrogen could be used by other major industrial users.

Among the organizations aiming to decarbonize the Humber region and the Teesside region are East Coast Cluster, Net Zero Humber, and Humber Zero, which work on carbon capture and hydrogen projects. 

VPI is already involved with the Humber Zero project by deploying post-combustion capture technology on Trains 1 and 2 at its Immingham facility, for which Shell will provide technology. This intends to save over two-thirds of the emissions from the site.

VPI is part of the Humber Zero scheme and deploys post-combustion capture technology on Trains 1 and 2 at the Immingham plant. 

“When Humber Zero was first developed over two years ago, a low-carbon hydrogen solution for VPI’s third train was a critically important part of our mission to decarbonize Immingham,” said VPI’s project director Jonathan Briggs. “By partnering with Air Products on H3, we are harnessing the expertise of the world’s largest producer of hydrogen ― and the operator of one of the largest low-carbon hydrogen facilities in Port Arthur, Texas, US ― to ensure that we can make a substantial contribution to the decarbonization of the Humber region.”

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Air Products has for years demonstrated blue hydrogen tech in Port Arthur by adding carbon capture to hydrogen production sites. 

The H3 project has submitted an application for “Strand 1” funding from the UK Research and Innovation Net Zero Hydrogen Fund. The fund intends to scale up hydrogen production to contribute to the UK’s goal of developing 10 gigawatts of production by 2030.

The H3 project has applied for “Strand 1” funding from the UK Research and Innovation Net Zero Hydrogen Fund. The focus of the fund is hydrogen production scalability and achieving the UK’s goal of reaching 10 gigawatts of production by the end of this decade. 

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