The SHyLO project has won £4.3m in funding from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) under the Government's Net Zero Innovation Portfolio Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2 Competition.
MTC is partnering SHyLO project leader H2GO Power, a spin-out from Cambridge University based at Imperial College, London.
The SHyLO project – which includes ARC Consulting, Autodesk, HSSMI and EMEC - involves the design and build of a modular hydrogen storage system which can be scaled to become a commercially viable solution to hydrogen storage and supply. The system will look to use a standard shipping container to ensure ease of transport and deployment in almost any environment.
The MTC will support the design, build and testing of the storage container, hosting the main build activity at the MTC's Coventry site.
In a statement Huw Sullivan, sector lead for hydrogen at the MTC, said: “Supporting the delivery of net zero, including hydrogen technology, is core to the MTC's vision for future UK manufacturing."
Zero emission hydrogen, produced by splitting water via renewably powered electrolysis, could completely replace fossil fuels used in industry. According to MTC, the ability of hydrogen to be stored for long periods of time ‘makes it an ideal solution’ to transitioning the economy to net zero.
Energy Minister Greg Hands said: “The UK is truly leading the world in hydrogen innovation thanks to the exciting efforts of organisations like the MTC. The government support which they have received today will help to boost the development of hydrogen as the clean, affordable, homegrown superfuel of the future.”