£300 million UK hydrogen hub receives green light

The UK’s largest green hydrogen scheme has received planning consent.

Trafford council has approved Carlton Power’s £300million scheme at in Carrington, which will have the capacity to generate 200 mega-watts (MW) of energy. 

The project, first put forward in March 2021, is the UK’s largest green hydrogen scheme to have received planning consent.

Carlton claims Trafford Green Hydrogen will be a catalyst for more low carbon generation and greater energy security in the North West, and will boost investment in new energy infrastructure and job creation in the area.

It says that it will enable the energy to be used to power heavy goods vehicles and buses as well as energy for industry and other transport operators.

The news comes in the same week that the European Commission approved a EUR 134 million ($130.80 million) German measure to support BASF in the production of renewable hydrogen, to help decarbonise its chemical production processes.

“This EUR 134 million measure enables Germany to help BASF step up its renewable hydrogen production capacities, thereby contributing to the greening of the chemical value chain and of the transport sector,” EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.