Partnership secures £250,000 funding for cracking green hydrogen research

Ecuity, Engie, Science Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Siemens have been awarded funding under the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Hydrogen Supply Competition to deliver valuable research on the role of ammonia in the delivery of low cost bulk hydrogen for use in the UK energy system.

The use of green hydrogen to decarbonise parts of the UK energy system is critical to the UK achieving its net zero target. However the storage and distribution of hydrogen presents a significant challenge, as production and use may not take place at the same site or at the same time.

Ammonia offers a solution to this challenge. The storage and distribution of ammonia are well established, mature practices with well-established and mature supply chains. The missing element is the cracking technology, which is in its infancy but without which, ammonia cannot be used to enable the hydrogen economy. This project will focus on the development of highly efficient and scalable cracking technology.

The project brings together cutting edge catalyst technology developed by STFC, engineering capability from Engie, green ammonia expertise from Siemens and market analysis from Ecuity to deliver a holistic approach to demonstrating the feasibility of this technology.

Project Manager Clare Jackson from Ecuity said “We are very excited to be working with our partners Engie, Siemens and STFC, to deliver this project. It’s great to be at the forefront of the development of the hydrogen economy and we’re looking forward to demonstrating the important role that green ammonia can play in the UK moving forwards”

Sam Hockman, Divisional Chief Operating Officer at ENGIE UK said “ENGIE is pleased to be a partner in this important project by providing our research capability, as well as UK & wider-global energy and technical expertise to this cross-industry team. We hope that the results will positively demonstrate the role green hydrogen can play in cost-effectively achieving the transition to a zero-carbon energy system and in subsequently meeting the UK’s net-zero ambitions.”

Ian Wilkinson, Green Ammonia Programme Manager, Siemens plc, said: “The use of ammonia as a hydrogen vector can help make a UK hydrogen economy real, by providing a practical way of storing and transporting hydrogen in bulk.  Efficient and scalable ammonia cracking technology is the final link in the green hydrogen chain, and – having successfully built a Green Ammonia energy storage demonstration system at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory – Siemens is delighted to be working with our project partners on this next exciting step.”

Mechanical Engineer, Tristan Davenne from STFC said “STFC is committed to research that will help develop the sustainable, secure and efficient energy technologies critical to the world’s future well-being. As part of contributing to this grand challenge the STFC Technology Department has hosted the development of a unique green ammonia generation plant. The project is a collaborative effort between Siemens, STFC, Oxford University and the University of Cardiff and was the world’s first demonstration of using ammonia to store renewable energy. The funding received from this BEIS Hydrogen Supply Competition has allowed STFC to draw on multi-disciplinary expertise in catalysis and mechanical engineering to design a novel and efficient ammonia cracker. This can be integrated with the green ammonia plant and used to demonstrate the production of green hydrogen from ammonia.”



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