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Greater Manchester’s first low carbon hydrogen hub

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Greater Manchester’s first low carbon hydrogen hub to be developed  at Carlton Power’s Trafford Low Carbon Energy Park

A new partnership aims to support ambitions for Greater Manchester to become the first Net Zero region in the world by 2040, with the planned installation of the city’s first low-carbon hydrogen hub at Trafford Low Carbon Energy Park, which is owned and being developed by Carlton Power.

For the first time, sustainable hydrogen fuel will be produced at scale in the North West, creating opportunities for businesses in the area to make Net Zero plans with hydrogen in mind.  The collaboration comes after the UK Government set out its 10-point plan for a green revolution and included hydrogen and fuel cell technology as one of its key ambitions.

Manchester Metropolitan University, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), Trafford Council, Carlton Power, Cadent Gas and Electricity North West will be joining forces to set up the hub, which will be a new addition to Trafford Low Carbon Energy Park – a green energy storage facility, which already consists of a number of Net Zero industrial projects in support of UK Government objectives.

Trafford Low Carbon Energy Park includes one of Europe’s largest energy storage facilities based on liquid air storage: the 250MWh Carlton Highview Power project (announced in June 2020).

The hydrogen hub facility aims to help integrate renewable energy on a regional scale through the storage of solar and wind energy, and now through the production and storage of hydrogen.

Cllr Andrew Western, GMCA Lead for the Green City-Region, said: “The question of how we generate, transport, and use energy is absolutely fundamental to addressing the climate emergency, and this hydrogen hub is one of the ways we’re answering that question here in Greater Manchester.

“We need an urgent and significant increase in more renewable energy sources to cut emissions and meet our target of becoming carbon neutral by 2038. This hydrogen hub has the potential to set the standard for decarbonised energy generation across the North West and put us at the forefront of a UK revolution in clean energy and sustainable industry.”

Amer Gaffar, Director of the Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre, added: “We will be offering businesses the opportunity to connect with leading researchers at the University as well as experts from this exciting new micro-cluster at Trafford Low Carbon Energy Park, in order to fully maximise the potential for hydrogen in their business. Through this new collaboration and by bringing together the expertise from each of our partners, we have the potential to accelerate the work already being done at Trafford Low Carbon Energy Park, whilst also supporting the development of new opportunities in infrastructure, skills and the supply chain, specifically for hydrogen production.”

Keith Clarke, Chief Executive of Carlton Power, said: “We’re delighted to be working with key regional partners to bring forward a unique facility, which will help decarbonisation efforts and the path to Net Zero by 2040 in the Greater Manchester region.  It is critical that projects such as this are brought forward to enable investment by local companies in the infrastructure to enable reduction in the carbon emissions associated with their operations.”

The consortium will combine its expertise in industry, research, policy, skills and innovation to develop a solution for low carbon hydrogen production and storage, with the potential for the hub to be used by industry, for vehicle refuelling and residential heating.

Manchester Metropolitan University’s Fuel Cell Innovation Centre – a £4 million facility dedicated to the development of renewable energy through research in hydrogen and fuel cell technology – will  be helping to develop the skills and supply chains associated with the project and bring the research expertise required to maximise the potential of the new development.

Cadent Gas will bring additional expertise as the company is already working on a project to develop the UK’s first hydrogen pipeline – which will supply hydrogen through the national grid – and Electricity North West is able to provide valuable insight into the existing power system networks.

Next steps for the project include identifying businesses that could potentially use hydrogen in their operations, including those with transport fleets or heating requirements.

For more information, contact Carlton Power:

Eric Adams, Development Manager: / 07803 085942

Paul Taylor, Taylor Keogh Communications: / 07966 782611



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Amer Gaffar is Director of the Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University, here in the UK. Not surprisingly therefore, he's a keen advocate of the role hydrogen could potentially play in out future energy system! He's also active in the various projects, collaborations and other activities that are looking to place the northwest region of England at the forefront of any future 'hydrogen economy'.

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Matt Chester on Mar 29, 2021

It's a part of the 2038 decarbonization goals-- but do you have insight when it looks to be operational? 

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Charley Rattan on Mar 29, 2021

Hi Matt, its part of a wider narrative I've been tracking - and sharing with the energycentral community:

Highview Power and Carlton Power have broken ground on a 50MW energy storage facility near Manchester in England.

If it's still integrated with the above then according to an earlier release...'The CryoBattery is scheduled to enter commercial operation in 2023.'

It will use existing substation and transmission infrastructure, with its income derived from several markets, including arbitrage – buying electricity when prices are low and selling it when prices are high – grid balancing, the capacity market, and ancillary services such as frequency response and voltage support.

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