Hygen – Plans have been approved for one of the UK’s largest, state-of-the-art hydrogen production facilities to be located in Bradford.

Clean energy pioneers Hygen and N-Gen are working in partnership to deliver the hydrogen production facility, with the aim of producing enough hydrogen to remove 800 diesel-fuelled buses a day from West Yorkshire roads.

Plans for the development, on the old Birkshall gas storage site on Bowling Back Lane, were this week (APR2) approved by Bradford Council. Once complete, the scheme will produce low carbon hydrogen which can be used to decarbonise vehicles and industry.

At the end of last year, the Bradford Hydrogen production facility became the biggest scheme to be awarded funding through the government’s Hydrogen Production Business Model, with the plant having the capacity to produce around 12.5 tonnes of hydrogen per day. The hydrogen will be produced through a process known as electrolysis, using renewable electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.

Gareth Mills, Managing Director at N-Gen, said: “We are extremely proud to be bringing a flagship hydrogen production facility and significant investment to Bradford. The site was once home to gas holders, which stored natural gas used by the residents and businesses in Bradford, so it is fitting that the site will continue its heritage and now be used for the production and storage of hydrogen, a cleaner fuel.

“We expect the facility to be a valuable addition to the Bradford economy, providing a viable way for local businesses to decarbonise, as well as attracting new companies and jobs to the area, by placing the city at the forefront of the transition to clean energy.”

Businesses and other users in West Yorkshire will be able to use the refuelling facilities on site, with distribution experts Ryze delivering hydrogen to industrial users across the region.

Jamie Burns, Director at Hygen, said: “The granting of planning permission is a significant step in the development of a facility which will provide enormous benefits to the people of Bradford and the surrounding area.

“Along with our partners, we have worked tirelessly to develop these plans, which will provide a blueprint for how complex projects like this can be delivered, boosting the hydrogen and green economies of the UK.”

Hydrogen is a multi-purpose fuel which can be used as a replacement for natural gas in heating and industrial processes, and for replacing diesel in heavy goods vehicles including buses, trains and lorries. The use of hydrogen is being supported and funded by the government as it produces no carbon when burned, meaning it can help with the challenge of tackling climate change.



About Hygen

Hygen is a company focused on the building of low-carbon hydrogen production sites. It is targeting more than 500MW of low-carbon hydrogen production projects across the UK. All of the projects Hygen delivers have an identified customer for a significant percentage of the hydrogen produced.

Hygen Energy Holdings Ltd is part of HydraB,  the group holding company of a number of ‘Road to Zero’ including Wrightbus (world’s first Hydrogen powered double decker bus); Ryze Hydrogen which distributes hydrogen to fleet users and industrial customers, and Fuze Finance.

For more information visit https://www.hygenenergy.com/ or email info@hygenenergy.com

About N-Gen

N-Gen develops, builds and operates green hydrogen production facilities and associated infrastructure. Working with clients who are large gas users, including transport operators,  manufacturing and the food industry, N-Gen helps customers meet decarbonisation goals and legal obligations by switching to cleaner fuels.

For more information visit https://www.n-genenergy.com/ or email enquiries@n-genenergy.com

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