With Atkins and Environmental Resources Management (ERM) set to develop “one of the world’s largest hydrogen storage facilities in the world”, the companies said, it highlights the progression that the UK hydrogen economy is undertaking.

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In establishing large scale hydrogen storage, it complements the rising green renewable energy sector in thew UK with the opportunity to supplement intermittent energies such as wind and solar with hydrogen when demand is high, or production is low.

This could significantly reduce the carbon impact of the UK’s energy sector and accelerate the green revolution within the nation.

The Aldbrough Hydrogen Storage project is a collaboration between Equinor and SSE Thermal which plans to store low carbon hydrogen either within the existing natural gas storage facility or at a new hydrogen storage site adjacent to the Aldbrough Gas Storage facility in East Yorkshire.

This could be in operation by early 2028, with an initial expected capacity of at least 320 Gigawatt hours (GWh), which is enough to power over 860 hydrogen buses a year.

Aldbrough Hydrogen Storage could be a critical asset in helping the UK meet its low carbon hydrogen ambitions.

Through this development, it will also support the Humber’s hydrogen prospects with a target of 1.8GW hydrogen production capacity in the area alone significantly contributing to the UK’s hydrogen targets by 2030.

Dan Sadler, Vice-President of UK Low Carbon Solutions at Equinor, said, “Equinor has ambitious plans to develop a hydrogen economy in the Humber, including production, usage and storage, which will make it an international beacon for low carbon energy.

“We are delighted to award contracts to two leading British companies that bring real expertise in their field and can help to make this ambition a reality.”

Oonagh O’Grady, Head of Hydrogen Development at SSE Thermal, said, “We know hydrogen storage will be crucial in creating a large-scale hydrogen economy in the UK, balancing production and demand and accelerating the transition to net zero.

“The contracts awarded to Atkins and ERM represent an important milestone in our plans for hydrogen storage at Aldbrough, which would play a major role in building a low-carbon future in the Humber.”

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