Plans for the UK’s city of Manchester first low-carbon hydrogen fuel hub have moved a stepped closer with the submission of a planning application for the hub at the Trafford Low Carbon Energy Park, which is being developed by Carlton Power subsidiary Trafford Green Hydrogen Ltd.
The scheme, announced in March 2021 and set to be one of the largest in the UK, will provide businesses in the Greater Manchester region – for example those with transport fleets or with heating requirements – with easy access to hydrogen fuel. Hydrogen is expected to play a major part in reducing the UK’s CO2 emissions, helping the country’s journey towards Net Zero.
In the commercial transport sector, government support for hydrogen fuel is expected to make it easier for transport fleet operators to make the switch from diesel.
The proposed 200 MW commercial hydrogen hub at Trafford Park is being brought forward following the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between Carlton Power and local stakeholders, comprising Manchester Metropolitan University, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), Trafford Council, Cadent Gas and Electricity North West.
The planning application, made by Trafford Green Hydrogen Ltd, coincides with the publication of the UK’s government’s Hydrogen Strategy. Subject to the outcome of the planning process and financing, construction of the hydrogen hub at the Trafford Low Carbon Energy Park will start early in 2022 and enter commercial operation in 2023. The proposed hydrogen hub facility will produce and store hydrogen at scale and help integrate renewable energy on a regional scale and will be located next to one of Europe’s largest energy storage facilities based on liquid air storage: the 250 MWh Carlton Highview Power project announced in June 2020.