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Winners of £60m government competition to develop hydrogen as the superfuel of the future unveiled

HySupply 2 competition winners to receive government funding for innovation in hydrogen supply.

  • 20 May 2022
  • Press Release

HySupply 2 competition winners to receive government funding for innovation in hydrogen supply.

Companies at the cutting edge of hydrogen innovation will benefit from up to £60 million of government funding, backing UK development of hydrogen as an affordable, clean, homegrown energy source.

The funding has been awarded to 28 projects across the UK, including Scotland, Wales and the north of England and working across a range of different sectors and technologies through the Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2 (HySupply 2) competition.

It will drive the UK hydrogen industry forward, reducing costs, bringing new solutions to the market, and ensuring that the UK continues to develop world-leading hydrogen technologies here at home.

Among the 28 winning HySupply 2 projects are:

  • ITM Power based in Yorkshire, which has been awarded more than £9.2 million to build a next generation 5MW electrolyser stack, an industrial tool which separates hydrogen from oxygen in a vat of water using electricity.
  • Cadent Gas Limited in the West Midlands, which will receive £296,174 for feasibility work focusing on how to purify hydrogen that has been through the gas grid to make it suitable for use in vehicles like lorries
  • the National Nuclear Laboratory in Cumbria, which will receive £242,619 to review and model processes that can use the heat from nuclear reactors to produce hydrogen

In the British Energy Security Strategy published in April, the government committed to boosting UK hydrogen capacity up to 10 GW by 2030. This could create around 12,000 jobs across the UK.

Kwasi Kwarteng, Business and Energy Secretary, said” The British Energy Security Strategy made clear that we are backing hydrogen not just as a viable source of clean, affordable homegrown energy but as an emerging industry of the future in which the UK can lead the world.

This competition is part of the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, a fund to accelerate the commercialisation of low-carbon technologies, systems and business models.

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