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RWE, one of the world’s leading global renewable companies, has signed a contract with professional services firm Jacobs to investigate the production and supply of green hydrogen at the Pembroke Power Station site.
“RWE is a driver of the energy transition and partner for the decarbonization of industry. This feasibility contract is a major step forward in delivering a green hydrogen project at Pembroke to supply hydrogen to industrial off-takers in South Wales. Pembroke is the ideal location for RWE‘s Net Zero Centre: with floating offshore wind accessibility, land for development of large-scale electrolyzers, electricity, and gas grid connections, and one of Europe‘s most modern and efficient gas-fired power stations, with opportunities to decarbonize through hydrogen or carbon capture, providing firm flexible power,” Sopna Sury, COO Hydrogen RWE Generation
The study will take four months, completing in March 2022, and include investigations into the feasibility of initially installing a 100 megawatt (MW) electrolyzer to produce green hydrogen from local and grid-connected renewable energy. The project has the potential to grow to several gigawatts (GW) in scale, linked to floating offshore wind in the Celtic Sea, and would become one of the UK’s largest green hydrogen plants in development.
Tom Glover, RWE UK Country Chair, said, “As a UK leader in power generation, RWE is perfectly positioned to support the development of the UK hydrogen economy. We are already working with other companies and businesses to help them meet their decarbonization targets, while supporting Welsh Government achieve its ambitions for Net-Zero. Hydrogen will be a game-changer in the decarbonization of heavy industry in South Wales and RWE will be a key partner in helping achieve that.”
The feasibility study will also look at the possibility of supplying green hydrogen for various transport and decarbonization uses in Pembrokeshire.
Cllr Phil Baker, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure at Pembrokeshire Council said, “Pembrokeshire County Council is pleased to support RWE’s green hydrogen project. The project offers some excellent potential synergies regarding the decarbonization of transport including buses, and fleet vehicles. The Council is already leading the Milford Haven: Energy Kingdom (MH: EK) project where we are trialling hydrogen cars fuelled from our electrolyzer in Milford Waterfront. The MH: EK project also proposes to assess and predict transport hydrogen demand in Pembrokeshire which could be supplied by RWE’s project.”
The knowledge and experience gained from this study will enable a better understanding of the practicalities and economics of the entire RWE project and will be an important precursor to a funding application under the UK Government’s Net Zero Hydrogen Fund next Spring.
The feasibility study has been partly funded by South Wales Industrial Cluster; a consortium of Wales’ major industry, energy, infrastructure, law, academic, and engineering organizations of which RWE is a key member. The cluster was successful in securing support from the public and private sectors to develop a range of partner decarbonization deployment projects for the region.
The project is the first to come out of RWE’s Pembroke Net Zero Centre (PNZC), which was launched earlier this year. The PNZC brings together knowledge and expertise from across RWE’s offshore wind, gas-fired generation, and hydrogen businesses to develop solutions in Pembrokeshire that support decarbonization.
RWE is at the forefront of green innovation and is committing to investing £15 billion in the UK in green energy projects by 2030. The company has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the development of hydrogen projects across Europe, including involvement in GET H2, NortH2, and AquaVentus. RWE is committed to playing a full part in the delivery of this emerging technology and at the same time creating skilled green jobs.