Engineers from the pioneering Manufacturing Technology Centre are playing a key role in a project to develop innovative low carbon hydrogen storage and supply systems to help the UK drive to net zero.
The SHyLO project has won £4.3m in funding from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) under the Government’s Net Zero Innovation Portfolio Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2 Competition, aimed at supporting the development of innovative solutions for the supply of hydrogen.
The Manufacturing Technology Centre is partnering SHyLO project leader H2GO Power, a pioneering clean-tech SME founded in 2014 as a spin-out from Cambridge University. It is based at, and historically supported by, Imperial College, London. Other project partners are ARC Consulting, Autodesk, HSSMI and EMEC
The SHyLO project involves the design and build of a modular hydrogen storage system which can be scaled to become a commercially viable solution to hydrogen storage and supply. The system will look to use a standard shipping container, ensuring it is modular, scalable, and simple to transport and deploy in almost any environment.
The MTC’s role is to support the design, build and testing of the storage container, hosting the main build activity at the MTC’s Coventry site. The activity build’s on the MTC’s expertise and its innovative “Factory in a Box” project which pioneered modular, distributed manufacturing capability.
Energy Minister Greg Hands said, “The UK is truly leading the world in hydrogen innovation thanks to the exciting efforts of organisations like the MTC. The government support which they have received today will help to boost the development of hydrogen as the clean, affordable, homegrown superfuel of the future.”
Huw Sullivan, sector lead for hydrogen at the MTC, said that securing the funding was an important step in the journey to replacing fossil fuels with hydrogen in a wide range of applications.
He said, “We are delighted to be supporting H2GO Power and the other consortium members in this important project. Supporting the delivery of net zero, including hydrogen technology, is core to the MTC’s vision for future UK manufacturing.”
Zero emission hydrogen, produced by splitting water powered with renewable energy, has the potential to completely replace fossil fuels used in industry. The ability of hydrogen to be stored for long periods of time makes it an ideal solution to transitioning the economy to net zero.