The plans come off the back of a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between energy infrastructure firm, Carlton Power and local stakeholders comprising Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, Barrow Borough Council and Electricity North West.

In plans unveiled today (August 10), the partners intend on establishing a 35MW hydrogen hub on industrial-zoned land in Barrow-in-Furness to produce hydrogen fuel at scale and support the growth of renewable electricity generation by utilising it to produce and store hydrogen at times of high renewable output and low demand.

A concept design of the Barrow Green Hydrogen Hub

Subject to planning and securing financing, the Barrow Green Hydrogen hub is hoped to be operation by 2025 and intends to seek financial support from the UK Government’s Hydrogen Investment Package (HIP).

Read more: UK Government reveals further hydrogen funding and its first Hydrogen Champion

Eric Adams, Hydrogen Projects Director at Carlton Powers, commented, “We’re delighted to be working with key regional partners to bring forward this green hydrogen facility, which will help Cumbria’s decarbonisation efforts.

“It is critical that projects such as this are brought forward to support investment by local companies in their infrastructure that will enable a reduction in the carbon emissions associated with their operations.”

The Cumbrian hub plans come as another step in the UK’s goals of building its low-carbon hydrogen capacity to 10GW by 2030.

Read more: UK Government unveils new energy security strategy doubling low-carbon hydrogen production to 10GW by 2030

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