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Hydrogen Hub Plans Moving Forward For Stratford And Warwick

The title of this post, is the same as that as this article on the Stratford-on-Avon Herald.

These are the introductory paragraphs.

An ambitious plan to create a futuristic hydrogen hub in the county moved a step closer this week.

The aim is to produce eco-friendly ‘green’ hydrogen that can be used as low-carbon fuel to power local buses and bin lorries.

These are further points from the article.

  • It will have its own electrolyser.
  • Energy could come from a nearby solar farm and a battery.
  • It will be located near to junctions 13 and 14 of the M40 motorway.

This Google Map shows the area.

Junction 15 of the motorway is by the Holiday Inn and junctions 14 and 13 are towards the South-East.

It looks to be an excellent location for a hydrogen hub to serve bus, bin lorries and passing vehicles on the motorway.

Conclusion

I can see several other hydrogen hubs alongside major motorways an arterial roads.

January 16, 2022 - Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel

3 Comments »

  1. Given that I’ve just read the briefing paper that was prepared for the Council I’m not surprised that the project, led by Warwick District Council and backed by Stratford District Council, will see this hydrogen production hub built.
    If making decisions on the basis of a summary of the government’s Decarbonisation paper that lacks critical appraisal is anything to go by then God help representative democracy.
    It seems to be the case that in last few years these two councils have been looking at sites for the generation of renewable electricity and their consultant has identified solar PV as being the most suitable, wind being problematic from a planning perspective. They have identified 52 – 62.5 MW of generating capacity from PV which outstrips the grid capacity. Their consultant has suggested the consideration of two options for this energy’s use
    1. to use this excess generation for a district heating scheme, principally based on heat pump technology or
    2. to create a hydrogen hub.
    Clearly someone thinks they can make more money from a hydrogen hub.
    This must be very much like the days of the Klondike Gold Rush.

    Comment by fammorris | January 16, 2022 | Reply

    • This hub would be less than twenty miles from Birmingham’s hub at Tyseley. I suspect that this has been factored in, as the two will be able to support each other, if one fails.

      Being on a busy motorway, is going to mean that it will get passing traffic. There is already hydrogen filling stations at Swindon and Chertsey on the motorway.

      Comment by AnonW | January 16, 2022 | Reply

      • You’re assuming that cars will be powered by hydrogen. As an individual, efficient source of energy I think it’s hopeless.
        What about the trucks, well we’re hoping most of the long distance ones will be on the rails so that’s only the lighter delivery trucks for the roads which are trending towards batteries. Not much point to use electricity to make hydrogen to turn back into electricity.
        No Warwick and Stratford need to do the socially responsible thing and provide electricity.
        RINA a highly reputable consultant who produced the report for Warwick and Stratford has opted to propose the hydrogen hub option largely on the grounds that the Council get a bigger bang for their investment over the short term, without ever confirming whether the optimism for hydrogen as the ‘solution to everything’ is possible. In any case you’ve got all of that blue industrial hydrogen production, are the likes of BOC, Air Liquide, Ineos and the rest going to roll over and see their existing investments go to waste?

        Comment by fammorris | January 16, 2022


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