Funding for Gigastack research


GBP 7.5 mn (USD9.71 mn) of funding has been allocated for the second phase of  Gigastack – a low-cost, zero-carbon hydrogen demonstration project in the UK.

The Gigastack project, led by ITM Power, Ørsted, Phillips 66 and Element Energy, will show how renewable hydrogen derived from power supplied from offshore wind can support the UK’s 2050 net-zero greenhouse gas emission target.

Producing hydrogen has traditionally been associated with high carbon emissions. By using renewable electricity the process of producing hydrogen from water (electrolysis) can be completely decarbonised.
For the second phase of the project, which has now received funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Hydrogen Supply Competition, the consortium will conduct FEED study on a 100 MW electrolyser system using staged installations with a nominal capacity of 20 MW.

Gigastack design

The FEED study will detail the actual design of a hydrogen production system connected to a wind farm and industrial off-taker. It will use ITM Power’s new generation of electrolyser stack technology, renewable energy directly from Ørsted’s Hornsea Two offshore wind farm, and with the resulting renewable hydrogen supplied to an industrial off-taker; Phillips 66’s Humber refinery.

ITM Power will also install and trial both its next-generation electrolyser stack and the semi-automated manufacturing machines required for large-scale and high-volume manufacturing of these new large low-cost stacks.

Anders Christian Nordstrøm, vice president for hydrogen at Ørsted, said: “Creating renewable hydrogen with offshore wind really has the potential to decarbonise industrial processes, and what is needed now is to scale up the electrolyser technology and bring the cost down. We’ve seen this happen in offshore wind. With industry and government working together, there has been a rapid deployment and a huge cost reduction. This project aims to do the same with hydrogen. At the right cost, this technology has the potential to play a huge role in meeting the UK’s decarbonisation targets.”

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