ITM Power, the energy storage and clean fuel company, has won a competitive tender to supply an integrated hydrogen system for use at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) tidal test site on Eday, Orkney, Scotland.
The system’s principal component is a 0.5mW polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolyser with integrated compression and up to 500kg of storage. ITM Power has also offered an additional maintenance contract alongside the integrated system as well as a fuel cell for local back up power. The total contracted value of the project is £1.79m.
Including this project, the company currently has £9.97m of projects under contract and a further £5.79m of contracts in final stages of negotiation.
The 0.5mW electrolyser will be used to absorb excess power generated by the tidal turbines testing at EMEC. The hydrogen gas generated will be compressed and stored, with some of the gas being used in (an optional) hydrogen fuel cell to provide backup power to critical EMEC systems. The remainder of the hydrogen gas will be used off-site by a further project being developed separately which plans to absorb output of a local community wind turbine operated by Eday Renewable Energy Ltd.
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