- Published: 09 August 2022 09 August 2022
The Iberdrola group is planning to build a large green hydrogen plant at the port of Felixtowe (England) which, with an investment of some €170 million, will contribute to the decarbonisation of the freight port. The facility, which will be operational in 2026, will, in a first phase, have the capacity to produce 14,000 tonnes per year of renewable H2, which can be doubled in the future.
The plant will supply hydrogen to vehicles and machinery used by the port and will be capable of fuelling up to 1,300 green hydrogen trucks. It will also be used to provide clean fuel for trains transporting goods to the port. It will also have the potential to be used for the production of green ammonia or ethanol, which could provide clean fuels for shipping and create opportunities for export to other international markets.
The project - to be developed by ScottishPower, the group's UK subsidiary, together with Hutchison Ports - is expected to be located on brownfield land within the port, similar in size to a football pitch.
The green hydrogen will be produced through an electrolyser that splits water into hydrogen and oxygen using electricity from renewable sources. The port of Felixtowe is located in the vicinity of the offshore wind farms that Iberdrola is developing in British North Sea waters. The company has already commissioned the 714 megawatt (MW) East Anglia ONE in this area and plans to build the East Anglia Hub offshore wind macro-complex, which will bring together three projects with a total installed capacity of 2,900 MW: East Anglia ONE North, East Anglia TWO and East Anglia THREE.