The Anonymous Widower

Greater Manchester’s First Low Carbon Hydrogen Hub To Be Developed As Part Of New Collaboration

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article from Manchester Metropolitan University.

This is the first two paragraphs.

A new partnership aims to support ambitions for Greater Manchester to become the first Net Zero region in the world by 2040, with the planned installation of the city’s first low-carbon hydrogen hub.

For the first time, sustainable hydrogen fuel will be produced at scale in the region, creating opportunities for businesses in the area to make Net Zero plans with hydrogen in mind.

It doesn’t say much about the hydrogen hub, but from other sources, I have found the following.

it appears it will have the capability of producing 200 MW of green hydrogen.

  • Carlton Power is the main developer.
  • It will be built on the Trafford Low Carbon Energy Park.
  • Building will start next year with operation scheduled for 2023.
  • It will be built near Highview Power’s 50MW/250 MWh CRYOBattery.

It sounds ambitious. Especially, as it appears Carlton Power are talking about developing another ten similar sites in the UK.

August 11, 2021 - Posted by | Energy, Energy Storage, Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , ,


  1. assume your finger slipped, 200MW is a bit steep, ITM Power the world’s largest manufacturer of electrolyzers only make containerised PEM units up to 2MW.
    Given that the background info I looked at talked about the development looking at Proton Exchange Membrane cells you’d bet on it being ITM equipment especially as they have an order this year from Linde with 12 units making it presently the world’s largest plant.

    Comment by fammorris | August 11, 2021 | Reply

  2. I never trust media releases, even with a journalist in the family who writes on green energy. May be they are the ones with the fat fingers this time so far as the Trafford Park development goes.
    I see that Highview and Gazelle Wind Turbines share a common executive member, it seems to me that his entrepreneurial ability may be getting him lots of publicity and backers. Apparently Sumitomo Heavy Industries have invested heavily in Highview. As for the liquid air energy storage plant at Trafford Park, Highview are highly reliant on MAN technology

    Comment by fammorris | August 11, 2021 | Reply

    • Spain seems to have a very good history of renewable energy and

      Cavada is Spanish and probably well connected to make sales in Spanish speaking companies and countries. He’s certainly been involved in sales of over six systems to Spain and Chile.

      As to MAN, they probably have a good reputation and can offer service in most countries of the world. You might like a French product equally well, but they probably wouldn’t have the support.

      Comment by AnonW | August 11, 2021 | Reply

      • Yes I noticed the Spanish theme both at Highview and and Gazelle. Coincidentally the journalist I mentioned used to live in Pozuelo, the same suburb outside Madrid, as Gazelle’s CTO and patent holder for the innovative wind turbine. Business networks in Spain seem even more important than they are here and I suppose that the fact that the MAN press release comes from the Spanish subsidiary in Madrid tells you of Cavada’s connections.

        Comment by fammorris | August 11, 2021

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