Shoreham Port has partnered with H2 Green, which will produce the hydrogen, Local Fuels, which will provide fueling infrastructure and distribution knowledge, and Ricardo, which will provide world-class engineering expertise and pioneering leadership in hydrogen conversions.
The project will entail the construction of a hydrogen hub that will be connected with onshore wind and solar power supply.
With transport decarbonization high on the agenda at COP26, the development’s first phase will provide 100 percent green hydrogen and renewable electricity to the Port’s fleet of heavy forklift trucks and HGVs, with the goal of supplying hydrogen to fuel the 800 HGVs that enter the Port each day, reducing emissions and noise.
The proposals also include an ammonia importation plant, which would be used to transport hydrogen, linking the Port to large-scale green energy projects throughout the world and delivering lower-cost green fuel to local customers.
Shoreham is a Trust Port with a 260-year track record of providing value to the local community. The innovations will assist the Port in meeting its own net zero by 2030 goal and decarbonizing the South East England area.
“We have worked closely with Shoreham Port to develop a bold vision for the Port that delivers significant emissions reductions to support its net zero goals while also benefiting the Port’s customers, community, and wider region economy,” said Luke Johnson, managing director of H2 Green, a Getech business.
“Decarbonizing the HGVs and forklift trucks that enter and use the Port would save 45,000 tons of CO2 per year. H2 Green is thrilled to be part in this breakthrough integrated green energy development as a trusted provider of hydrogen hub infrastructure.”
Shoreham Port is one of only two in the world that have been awarded Port Environmental Review System (PERS) accredited EcoPort certification.
“We are looking forward to working as part of this relationship,” stated Anthony Salvidge, Managing Director of Local Fuels. We will use our downstream fuel distribution experience and skills to investigate and execute options to bring green hydrogen to the local market. Furthermore, we will contribute to the energy transformation by importing and storing synthetic zero-carbon fuels.”
Shoreham Port’s Chief Executive Officer, Tom Willis, stated, “Through the local generation of hydrogen from renewable energy, the project has the potential to make a substantial contribution to South East England’s net zero aspirations.
“The hydrogen manufacturing process is noiseless and odorless, and the clean fuel generated will cut pollutants throughout the area when transportation providers convert big fleets to run on it. As a community organization, we plan to collaborate with all of our stakeholders to ensure the success of this new stage of Shoreham Port’s growth.”
The green energy center will stimulate regional expansion in commercial hydrogen transport, promoting the development of local and worldwide supply chains.
“We are thrilled to support this partnership,” stated Adrian Greaney, Technology Director for Ricardo Automotive and Industrial EMEA. Ricardo is already putting our knowledge throughout the hydrogen value chain to work for clients all around the world to help them decarbonize transportation and energy for land, sea, and air. We intend to contribute to the development of zero-emission solutions that are vital to our local and national economies through this partnership.”
Industries near and around the Port, such as gas-fired power generation, lumber, steel handling, and water treatment, are possible clients for the hub’s hydrogen power. Byproducts such as oxygen can be utilized to cleanly and efficiently treat local sewage in order to avoid scheduled discharges to the sea.