Fresh from securing paper-maker Kimberly-Clark as a major off-taker for its proposed 35MW clean hydrogen hub in Cumbria, electrolysing specialist Carlton Power has its eyes on south Devon.
The gas synthesising firm has secured planning permission for its third planned green hydrogen plant, a 10MW facility to be located in the Langage Energy Park, on an industrial estate outside Plymouth.
Now that South Hams planners have agreed the project, Carlton seeks to confirm finance en route to starting operations, possibly as early as 2024.
Possible in the EU as well as Britain, freeports’ controversial features include their size; the Plymouth & South Devon port extends as much as 45 kilometres inland.
Eric Adams, hydrogen projects director for Yorkshire-headquartered Carlton said: “Langage is ideally located for the West Country’s first low-carbon hydrogen hub.
“With the need, especially among industrial companies, to move away from fossil fuels and reach Net Zero, Langage Green Hydrogen and our other projects can make an important contribution to the transition to the hydrogen economy.
Exeter-based energy consultancy Regen has identified hydrogen’s importance to the West Country, both in economic development and the region’s transition to Net Zero.
“The significance of (this grant of) planning permission at Langage Energy Park cannot be overstated”, Regen’s CEO Merlin Hyman observed:
“To have one of the first green hydrogen production plants in the South West is great news for the decarbonisation of the region.”
Repeating its approach to securing electrolysed hydrogen centres in Greater Manchester and Barrow-in-Furness, Carlton has teamed up with Devon’s local enterprise partnership
As with its two sister plants, securing financial support from the government’s Hydrogen Investment Package is also Carlton’s pre-requisite for breaking ground at Langage. In July D-BEIS published its latest guidelines for HIP applicants. In regard to its Cumbria ambitions, Carlton to apply before December.
Claire Gibson, head of delivery at the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “It is fantastic to see Carlton Power choose Devon as its location for its next hydrogen hub. We are pleased to have supported the project, in line with our aims to drive the region’s clean growth agenda.”