Toyota Tsusho UK and partners examine the potential for hydrogen decarbonization
Toyota Tsusho UK (TTUK), together with Uniper, Siemens Energy UK&I and Associated British Ports (ABP), has launched a feasibility study on the potential for hydrogen decarbonization in the UK port of Immingham.
The project, known as Project Mayflower, was chosen for the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition.
The competition was funded by the UK Government’s Department for Transport and organized in partnership with Innovate UK.
The four entities submitted a joint bid in June for the Clean Maritime Fund.
As part of the project, the technological and economic feasibility of the production, delivery and use of hydrogen in order to develop a decarbonisation model within the port will be verified.
The partners will focus on potential options for the production, transport, storage and use of hydrogen as an alternative fuel for heavy fuel oil and diesel currently used for transport.
In addition, the project will include an assessment of the potential applications of hydrogen for port cargo handling machinery.
Uniper will be responsible for the management of the project and will also lead the technical feasibility.
Siemens Energy’s water electrolysis equipment will be used for the production of green hydrogen using renewable energies.
ABP will provide its expertise to support the use of hydrogen in ports.
Toyota Tsusho Group plans to focus on infrastructure development, including port facilities and hydrogen refueling, while leveraging its expertise in port decarbonization.
Since September 2020, the Toyota Tsusho group has also been studying a model of local production and consumption of hydrogen at the port of Los Angeles, California, United States.
The feasibility study at Immingham Port, which began in September, will continue until March 2022.
Subsequently, the partners will work on commercializing the project, with the goal of starting commercial production of 20 MW of green hydrogen for use at the port by 2025.