5 June 2021
Uniper, Siemens Energy, Toyota Tsusho and Associated British Ports have submitted a joint bid into the Clean Maritime Fund for matched funding to develop their vision for a low carbon hydrogen supply to the Port of Immingham.
ABP’s Port of Immingham, located within the Humber industrial cluster, is the UK’s largest port by tonnage, handing over 54Mt of cargo annually. As noted, this port is a major trading gateway and intermodal hub for road, rail and sea transport, making it the good location for hydrogen production and distribution.
The funding bid has been submitted so that the companies can undertake a full feasibility study for this project. The study would review the technical and economic feasibility of reducing port greenhouse gas emissions with hydrogen, and develop a clear plan for future development. A successful funding bid could allow this work to begin as early as September 2021.
The project could lead to an initial c.20MW supply of green hydrogen to the Port of Immingham by 2025.
Uniper brings its existing expertise in the field of hydrogen production to the project and will lead the feasibility study. Uniper owns the nearby Killingholme power station, which if the bid is successful, could be one of the locations for an electrolyser, powered by renewable energy, to produce hydrogen for the port.
Siemens Energy currently produces some of the world’s most advanced PEM electrolysis units and has an aspiration to be a key player in the UK market, complementing its current products in the renewable sector.
Toyota Tsusho UK will carry out an assessment of the conversion, replacement or retrofitting of port equipment, as well as hydrogen refuelling infrastructure and potential achievable GHG reductions.