Shoreham Port announces plans for green hydrogen hub

A new power plant which will produce zero-emission green hydrogen is coming to Shoreham Port.

Friday, 19th February 2021, 11:14 am
An artists' impression of the hub at Shoreham Port

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 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 the port aims 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.

The Port has partned with H2evolution for the project.

Tom Willis, chief executive at the port, said: “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.

The Government’s recent Policy paper, ‘The Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution’, 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.”