Supporting the Development of a Hydrogen Economy
The Government’s first-ever Hydrogen Strategy outlines an ambition to create a world-leading hydrogen economy that will support over 9,000 UK jobs and unlock £4 billion of investment by 2030.
In the coming years Hydrogen is expected to play a vital role in decarbonising polluting, energy-intensive industries like chemicals, oil refineries, power and heavy transport like shipping, HGV lorries and trains, many of which TEP is currently exploring.
Regionally, TEP is collaborating with academia, industry, and Government on a number of projects to support the delivery of this ambition across the West Midlands.
A consortium led by Gemserv has secured around £6.7 million from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to deliver the Ammogen project. Ammogen aims to design, build, commission, and operate the world’s largest and most efficient ammonia to hydrogen conversion unit of its kind. The demonstration unit is based on innovative technology developed by H2SITE and is located at Tyseley Energy Park, a strategic energy and resource hub in the West Midlands.
H2GVMids is helping the Midlands make the transition to hydrogen powered HGVs.
Clean, hydrogen powered heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) could become a reality on UK roads now that a regional bid has successfully attracted funding from the Department for Transport’s Zero Emission Road Freight programme.
The project is identifying all the necessary infrastructure, including hydrogen refuelling stations, developing the business case and delivery system, and establishing a trial lease system for truck operators.
HyDEX is working with businesses to help accelerate the development of new hydrogen products and the transition from declining industrial sectors. The HyDEX programme supports the training and re-skilling of staff, and demonstrates the viability of new products. Also, by working with local government and local authorities, HyDEX is supporting the creation of a market for low-carbon hydrogen solutions as part of the net-zero transition.
Recycling of Rare Earth Magnets
The UK’s first re-manufacturing line for high-performance sintered rare earth magnets for use in electric vehicles, aerospace, renewable energy technologies and low carbon technologies will be developed by the University of Birmingham and based at Tyseley Energy Park.
The plant will be based on the patented HPMS process (Hydrogen Processing of Magnet Scrap), which uses hydrogen as a processing gas to separate magnets from waste streams as an alloy powder. The powder will be used as a feedstock to re-manufacture sintered rare earth magnets.
The UK’s largest green Hydrogen Refuelling Station
In 2021 Motive commissioned the largest green hydrogen refuelling station in the UK at TEP. The hydrogen refuelling stations takes power from a dedicated offshore wind turbine and generates zero carbon, fuel cell grade hydrogen. The site comprises of a car refueller operating at both 700 bar and 350 bar. Two bus refuellers operating at 350 bar and a tube trailer refueller operating at up to 450 bar. The site can generate over a tonne of hydrogen per day. Enough to fuel up to 40 buses a day.