UK’s £240M Hydrogen Competition Boosts Green Energy Initiatives
In an effort to accelerate the shift to a sustainable and low-carbon energy future, the UK Government has announced the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund (NZHF).
The fund aims to support new low carbon hydrogen production facilities by offering up to £240 million across four strands, with the ultimate goal of reaching 10GW of low carbon hydrogen production by 2030 and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.
Strand 1 of the NZHF is open for competition from April 11th to May 31st, 2023, focusing on front-end engineering design (FEED) and post-FEED studies for new low carbon hydrogen production projects. Applicants must be UK-registered businesses and must present proposals that demonstrate a credible project capable of contributing to at-scale low carbon hydrogen production by 2025. The total grant request for this strand must range between £80,000 and £10 million.
Strand 2 of the NZHF, Capital Expenditure Round 2, opens on April 11th, 2023, and closes on June 7th, 2023. This strand provides capital expenditure (CAPEX) support for new low carbon hydrogen production facilities that do not require a hydrogen-specific business model and can begin construction rapidly. The total grant request for Strand 2 projects must fall between £200,000 and £20 million.
Both strands of the NZHF competition serve to foster innovation in the hydrogen production sector and support the UK’s commitment to creating a diverse and secure decarbonized energy system. With the backing of the NZHF, the UK is well-positioned to become a global leader in the production and deployment of low carbon hydrogen technologies, paving the way for a greener and more sustainable future.