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Air Products & VPI ink JDA for large-scale, low-carbon H2 production in Humber

Air Products Chief Operating Officer Dr. Samir J. Serhan and VPI Chairman Russell Hardy during the signing of the agreement (Source: Air Products)

Air Products and power generator VPI have announced the signing of a joint development agreement to drive forward the "Humber Hydrogen Hub" or "H3", which seeks to develop a flagship 800MW low-carbon hydrogen production facility in Immingham, UK. Most of the hydrogen produced would be used to decarbonize VPI Immingham's existing power production.

The agreement was signed by Air Products Chief Operating Officer Dr. Samir J. Serhan and VPI Chairman Russell Hardy.

As the UK's largest industrial cluster, the Humber has the highest levels of industrial carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions. H3 would produce low-carbon hydrogen at a large scale, combining market-leading hydrogen production, carbon capture technology, and offshore CO₂ storage currently under development for the Humber region.

Most of the low-carbon hydrogen would serve as a substitute fuel for VPI's existing third gas turbine power train. Additional low-carbon hydrogen would also be made available to other industrial users. Combined with the deployment of post-combustion capture technology on trains 1 and 2 at VPI Immingham as part of the Humber Zero project, H3 would bring substantial decarbonization to the VPI combined heat and power facilities, saving over two-thirds of the emissions from its Immingham industrial site.

The H3 project looks to capture up to two million tonnes of CO₂ per annum and contribute to achieving Net Zero in the wider Humber industrial region by 2040. 

Author : Moulin Oza
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