U.K. social enterprise Menter Môn has won a £150,000 ($196,500) grant to fund hydrogen as green fuel research.

The funding is part of a consortium led by Corre Energy. Menter Môn will use it to complete a feasibility study into the concept of storing hydrogen as a liquid carrier. This would be the world’s first.

This is one of 12 projects supported by the U.K. government as part of a two-phase program to promote net-zero innovation. If the first phase of the Corre and Menter Môn scheme is successful, there will be further funding to build a prototype at the proposed Holyhead Hydrogen Hub.

Menter Môn managing director Dafydd Gruffydd said: “We’re proud to be part of this consortium which is carrying out innovative work in the green energy sector.”

“The need for new technology in this sector is more apparent than ever, and as an organisation we want to continue to play a key role in this and similar projects. With Menter Môn leading on other green schemes such as the Morlais tidal energy project, this focus on hydrogen fits with our vision to develop expertise and increase local opportunities in these growth areas.”

Guto Owen, Menter Môn hydrogen director, added: “Developing energy storing technologies is an important step in our transition towards clean and secure renewable energy. We are well aware of the benefits of hydrogen as a zero-emission fuel for transportation, a long-term energy store as well as for heating homes – this project brings all this a step closer.”

“In addition to clear environmental benefits, renewable energy schemes like this also bring significant job, skills development, and supply chain opportunities. With traditional fuel prices increasing and the need to move to a low carbon economy, I am confident that hydrogen and the Holyhead Hydrogen Hub can play a key role.”

If successful, the project is to attract international interest. This would then result in further research and development of hydrogen as green fuel opportunities for the region.

The Holyhead Hydrogen Hub planning application has already been submitted to the Isle of Anglesey County Council. Subject to obtaining the necessary consents, the project will put infrastructure in place for the hub at the Parc Cybi site near the town of Holyhead.

Source: Offshore Energy