Energy intensive industry has few options to reduce their carbon emissions. Tackling this challenge is the central focus of HyNet. To achieve this, it builds new hydrogen infrastructure facilitating the UK’s first ‘industrial hydrogen cluster’ by using hydrogen to significantly reduce carbon emissions.
The area covered by HyNet includes a high concentration of large industrial gas users in a relatively small geography. The industrial economy of the North West is based on a range of world class energy intensive industries. The industrial cluster includes global companies and brands across many sectors; from chemicals, glass and oil refining to food, paper and automotive. These companies seek to produce their products as sustainably as possible and minimising carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, as much as is practicable, is part of that strategy.
Gas is used in direct-firing applications, for example, glass furnaces or kilns, in boilers for raising either high or low pressure steam (or hot water) and in combined heat and power applications.
Some North West industry already has existing scale sources of hydrogen, meaning that there is a strong established skills base for hydrogen production and handling in the region.
The high consistent demand for gas in a concentrated area from industry means that underground hydrogen storage is not required for the initial project. This significantly reduces costs compared with alternative projects in other regions.