ScottishPower explores green hydrogen at Port of Felixstowe to help decarbonize the UK’s busiest port.

ScottishPower explores green hydrogen at Port of Felixstowe to help decarbonize the UK’s busiest port.

100MW facility could deliver up to 40 tonnes of green hydrogen per day - enough to power 1300 hydrogen trucks. International export is also being explored.

ScottishPower, with Hutchison Ports, is exploring the opportunity to develop, build and operate a multi-hundred MW green hydrogen production facility at the Port of Felixstowe – with the potential to decarbonize industry and transportation in the region. Both companies have set out their vision to help create a greener port, which could provide clean fuel for customers at Britain’s busiest container port.

Plans are being developed to use green hydrogen for onshore purposes, such as road, rail, and industrial use, with the potential to create liquid forms, such as green ammonia or e-methanol. This could, in turn, provide clean fuels for shipping and aviation, and create opportunities for cost-effective export to international markets. The project aims to continue engineering and site development works to align with customer demand from 2025 onwards.

“This strategically important project could potentially create a clean fuels hub that could unlock nationally significant decarbonization for the region and play a role in international markets. It’s perfectly located not far from our existing and future offshore wind farms in the East Anglia region, and demonstrates how renewable electricity and green hydrogen can now start to help to decarbonize road, rail, shipping, and industry,” explains Barry Carruthers, Hydrogen Director at ScottishPower.

Being ‘homemade’, green hydrogen has clear benefits for the security of the UK energy supply and is a safe, long-term energy solution that could be vital for those who cannot decarbonize their operations through renewable electricity alone.

“I warmly welcome Hutchison Ports’ and Scottish Power’s joint plans to explore opportunities for a large-scale hydrogen hub at the Port of Felixstowe, providing green fuel at the UK’s largest container port. It’s schemes like this - and investment from industry as well as government - which is crucial for us to reach net zero by 2050,” declared Therese Coffey MP, local MP for Suffolk Coastal.

As well as accelerating the potential for cleaner industrial processes at the port, green hydrogen is poised to transform the heavy transport sector, which is a significant emitter of the UK’s current carbon emissions.

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