EDF unveils plans for green hydrogen plant

EDF Renewables has unveiled plans to build a green hydrogen production plant in the Tees Valley area.

The 30-50MW electrolyser facility will be powered using electricity generated at the company’s nearby 62MW Teesside offshore wind farm as well as an almost 50MW solar farm it is planning to build near Redcar.

The plant will be designed to be able to scale up to more than 500MW in line with emerging demand and will supply hydrogen to local business customers looking to decarbonise. It is being developed in partnership with Hynamics, another subsidiary of the EDF Group that specialises in hydrogen,

More details on plans for the project will be released later this year, with a consultation on the solar farm taking place later this month.

Tristan Zipfel, director of strategy and analysis at EDF Renewables UK, said: “Tees Green Hydrogen is a ground-breaking project, which will utilise locally produced green electricity to create the means to decarbonise local industry and safeguard its operation for many years to come, well beyond net zero 2050. In the current world climate the importance of locally produced renewable power cannot be underestimated.

“We are looking forward to working with the local supply chain in delivering this project and ultimately, in supporting Tees Valley in leading the way on green technology. We are proud to be part of accelerating the area to a net zero future.”

Christelle Rouillé, chief executive of Hynamics, said: “We are dedicated to making low carbon and renewable hydrogen a decarbonisation driver of the entire economy, especially in the mobility and industrial sectors.

“We are very happy to support our partners in achieving their carbon neutrality objectives, in line with the climate change emergency.”

EDF made the announcement at Teesworks with British Steel Lackenby and PD Ports.

Last year, British Steel unveiled its low-carbon roadmap setting out its plans to, among other solutions, develop the application of hydrogen in its operations. Arrangements have already been made to supply PD Ports with hydrogen to decarbonise its activities.