Hydrogen plant in pursuit of technology to be built: Work has started on building a new pilot hydrogen plant by Cranfield University in a bid to test new hydrogen production technology that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

A 1.5MW pilot plant, the so-called HyPer project, uses a novel hydrogen production technology invented by the development organisation GTI.

This equipment captures the CO2 emitted during the hydrogen production process before its stored, sold or transported.

It also shifts the chemical reaction to support a larger hydrogen production.

It is believed by scientists that the process has the ability to produce ‘high purity’ hydrogen, roughly 25% lower in cost than conventional steam methane reforming approaches that need carbon capture as an additional expensive process step.

The department for Business, Energy and Industrial Stategy’s (BEIS) Energy Innovation Programme has backed the project with £7.4 million.

“In the year of the COP26 Climate Conference it’s significant that the kind of technology we are exploring could have an important impact globally.” said Dr Peter Clough, Lecturer in Energy Engineering at Cranfield University.

“It will minimise greenhouse gas emissions and make the production, storage and transportation of low carbon hydrogen a reality. We anticipate great benefits for consumers, industry and the hydrogen sector.”

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