One of Britain’s biggest planned clean hydrogen plants has been approved for Bradford, west Yorkshire.

Development partners Hygen and N-Gen have secured planning consent for their low carbon production unit. Sited on a former gas holder site, the plant’s electrolyser will when built make 12.5 tonnes of green hydrogen daily. Clean solar power secured by developer Renewables Connections will be used.

Last year, the lead partners’ Bradford Low Carbon Hydrogen facility became the biggest scheme to be receive funding through the government’s Hydrogen Production Business Model.

With refuelling facilities on-site, other intended uses include industrial heating & use of the gas as a process feedstock. Distribution firm Ryze will co-ordinate delivery of the low carbon gas to the region’s commercial users across.

In transport alone, the partners say the hub’s output will cover withdrawal of as many ass 800 diesel-fuelled buses from west Yorkshire’s roads.

N-Gen managing director Gareth Mills said: “We are extremely proud to be bringing a flagship hydrogen production facility and significant investment to Bradford.

“The site was once home to gas holders, which stored natural gas used by the residents and businesses in Bradford. It’s fitting that the site will continue its heritage and now be used for the production and storage of hydrogen, a cleaner fuel.

“We expect the facility to be a valuable addition to the Bradford economy, providing a viable way for local businesses to decarbonise, as well as attracting new companies and jobs to the area, by placing the city at the forefront of the transition to clean energy.”

The government’s national hydrogen strategy was first published in 2021.   Updated last August, it flags a second round of CfD-style annual allocation bidding, scheduled to award contracts early in 2025 guaranteed up to 750MW of national capacity.


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