Mercury Renewables’ ‘first-of-a-kind’ green hydrogen plant

21 June 2022

A first-of-a-kind green hydrogen generation project located on the border of Counties Mayo and Sligo, in Ireland has been announced by Mercury Renewables. To provide consultancy and development expertise for project Firlough, Mercury has contracted Black & Veatch.

The development will be among Ireland’s earliest co-located onshore wind farm and hydrogen electrolysis plants. A 75 MW wind farm will power an electrolyser plant generating green hydrogen. Black & Veatch’s initial role in the project has been the feasibility studies needed to cover all aspects of the hydrogen development.

“The abundance of renewable energy potential in Ireland means green hydrogen should play a significant role in regional and national cross-sector decarbonisation. Projects like Firlough put Mercury at the vanguard of delivering Ireland’s hydrogen economy,” commented Tim Bills-Everett of Mercury. “Our business model is to combine local knowledge with international best practice in renewable energy development. For Firlough we also need proven hydrogen expertise.”

Black & Veatch’s early involvement will cover decisions concerning which combination of electrolyser technology, and its size, as well as hydrogen storage and transport options best meets Mercury’s business goals for the project.

Once the optimal configuration is identified, Black & Veatch will develop an outline design for the facility that is sympathetic to the local surroundings; and support engagement with the local community, as well as work to ensure the plant’s safe operation.

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