The UK government has provided £ 9.3 million ($ 11.5 million) to Vattenfall to fund innovation to develop the world’s first offshore hydrogen wind turbine, with the cell directly mounted on an existing operating turbine.
The pilot project at Vattenfall’s offshore wind farm in Aberdeen Bay will have a capacity of 8 MW. It will be able to produce enough hydrogen every day to power a hydrogen bus that will travel 24,000 kilometers, Wattenfall said. The hydrogen will be brought to shore in the port of Aberdeen.
“We are very pleased with the state funding. Placing hydrogen electrolyzers on offshore wind turbines is likely to be the fastest and cheapest way to provide fossil-free hydrogen on a large scale, said Daniel Lane, managing director of Vattenfall in the UK.
The project – called “Hydrogen Turbine 1 (HT1)” – aims to be the first project in the world to test the full integration of hydrogen production with an offshore wind turbine. HT1 will also outline the development and approval processes for large-scale hydrogen projects co-located with offshore wind farms to accelerate future development, Wattenfall said.
“The presence of large amounts of non-fossil hydrogen will play a key role in the decarbonisation of heavy industry (mainly steel, chemicals and fertilizers, as well as refining), as well as in heavy transport,” Vattenfal added.
According to Vattenfall, work on the project will begin immediately, with the goal of having the first production in 2025.
Funding was provided by the UK Government’s Net Zero Innovation Portfolio Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2.
It is worth noting that the marine wind farm in Aberdeen Bay on Vattenfall, where the hydrogen turbine will be tested, also known as the European Center for Offshore Wind Resources, is a test and demonstration site for innovation in offshore wind sources and is also home to a € 3 million science program.
Daniel LaneA state manager at Vattenfall in the UK said: “Placing hydrogen electrolyzers on offshore wind turbines is likely to be the fastest and cheapest way to provide fossil-free hydrogen on the scale needed to reduce emissions from heavy industries such as steel and steel.
“There is a lot of talk about the potential uses of hydrogen, but we urgently need to chart the development and delivery processes so that we can quickly get to the stage where we can produce large amounts of hydrogen without fossils cost-effectively. The HT1 project will focus on overcoming these barriers in the real environment of a functioning offshore wind farm.
Bob Sanginetti, CEO of the Port of Aberdeen, said: “This is a great development for the production and use of green hydrogen on land and speaks volumes about the ingenuity and skills that Aberdeen has on its doorstep. This project will strengthen Aberdeen’s reputation as a leader in pure hydrogen production and set the tone for the development of these sectors. “
“The port of Aberdeen is a prominent place for opportunities like this. Our port infrastructure and facilities, combined with our strategic proximity to North Sea assets and knowledgeable supply chain, make us a preferred port for the future, ready to lead with the country’s ambitious net zero values. We look forward to working with Vattenfall on this exciting project. ”
Vattenfall Gets Funding for World’s First Hydrogen Producing Offshore Wind Turbine