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GHD Secures UK Government Funding to Trial Hydrogen Energy Storage

GHD secures UK Government funding to trial longer duration hydrogen energy storage
GHD has secured funding from the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for a project aiming to demonstrate the use of an innovative hydrogen storage system. The project is in partnership with LAVO Hydrogen Storage Technology Pty Ltd, with the provision of a demonstrator location supported by the University of Chester, Thornton Science Park.
Funding has been provided through Stream 2 of BEIS's Longer Duration Energy Storage Demonstration competition. The programme forms part of the Government's 10 Point Plan for a green industrial revolution, in which the Prime Minister committed £100m to address "Energy Storage and Flexibility Innovation Challenges" within the £1bn Net Zero Innovation Portfolio. The Programme will support the demonstration of innovative longer duration energy storage technologies which provide grid flexibility. For further information see the IDTechEx report on Future Stationary Energy Storage: Hydrogen, Batteries, Gravity, Gas, Other 2022-2042.
The project aims to demonstrate an energy storage system for hydrogen derived from grid electricity using LAVO's innovative patented metal hydride. The hydride technology has seen initial demonstration in Australia; this project will apply this technology at a larger scale to demonstrate how it can support energy storage for the UK electricity network by providing low cost, and low carbon, hydrogen to local users in the North West of England.
The key characteristics of the project include:
  • Demonstration of the economics of creating hydrogen in times of excess renewables electricity generation, and storing in long-duration energy storage medium (metal hydrides);
  • Modular solution demonstrating scalability, providing benefits across multiple elements of an integrated energy system;
  • -A simple, stackable hydrogen energy storage device, able to supply low or zero carbon hydrogen to a wide range of configurations and applications; and
Cost-effective, safe and efficient low-pressure storage of hydrogen.
The project offers the potential to be an important enabler for an emerging hydrogen economy, providing hydrogen for customers at low cost.
The location of the project will be at the University of Chester's Thornton Science Park in the North West of England, in close proximity to a number of existing and potential future hydrogen users, assisting in the creation of a 'hydrogen hub', and linking with the North West Hydrogen Alliance and the HyNet industrial decarbonisation cluster.
Commenting on the announcement, Energy & Climate Change Minister Greg Hands said: "Driving forward energy storage technologies will be vital in our transition towards cheap, clean and secure renewable energy. It will allow us to extract the full benefit from our home-grown renewable energy sources, drive down costs and end our reliance on volatile and expensive fossil fuels. Through this competition we are making sure the country's most innovative scientists and thinkers have our backing to make this ambition a reality."
Commenting on the announcement, Dan Perry, Project Manager, GHD, said: "GHD is committed to supporting the emergence of a hydrogen economy, to enable a future of reliable, secure and affordable low-carbon energy. We're delighted to have the support of BEIS and to be working with our partner and the University of Chester on this important project to demonstrate the feasibility of longer duration hydrogen storage in the UK energy system. Collaborating with clients and industry partners around the world to develop and commercialise new solutions, such as LAVO, puts us in a strong position to harness the enormous opportunities presented by the global energy transition."
About GHD
GHD is a leading professional services company operating in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation. GHD delivers advisory, digital, engineering, architecture, environmental and construction solutions to public and private sector clients. Established in 1928 and privately owned by its people, GHD's network of 10,000+ specialists are connected across 200 offices located in five continents. External Link
GHD became a cornerstone investor in LAVO March 2021, at which time GHD Group Ventures Leader, Phillip Bradley, also joined the LAVO Board of Directors. In addition to holding an equity stake, GHD continues to support LAVO in the development of products and services across a number of workstreams, with a focus on driving engineering and commercialisation activities.
About LAVO
LAVO is a spin out from the Chemical Engineering lab of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and the first investee company within the Providence Asset Group's SmartFutures Venture Fund in 2020. LAVO released its first product, the LAVO Home Energy Storage System to the global residential energy storage market in October 2020. Having successfully completed its Series A Capital Raise in 2021, LAVO has been focussing on commercialising the application of its patented metal hydride storage solution in commercial & industrial markets, securing metal hydride's disruptive role in the storage sector of the evolving hydrogen energy ecosystem.
About the University of Chester:
The University of Chester has 1,700 staff and delivers a transformative student experience to circa 15,000 students drawn from the United Kingdom and international students from 130 countries. The University awards undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, as well as foundation degrees and apprenticeship degrees which blend conventional university study with learning at work. A strong business connection is well established with over 60 commercial businesses located across our sites as well as strong relationships with our rich and diverse industrial community enabling students to engage with industry throughout their studies and in turn benefiting business growth and impact across the region.
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