Toyota Tsusho UK (TTUK), along with Uniper, Siemens Energy UK&I and Associated British Ports (ABP), has initiated a feasibility study on the decarbonisation potential of hydrogen at the UK’s Port of Immingham.

The project, known as Project Mayflower, was chosen for the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition.

The competition was funded by the UK Government’s Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK.

The four entities submitted a joint bid in June for the Clean Maritime Fund.

Under the project, the technological and economic feasibility of generating, delivering and using hydrogen in order to develop a decarbonisation model within the port will be verified.

The partners will focus on the potential options for hydrogen production, transport, storage and use as a replacement fuel for the heavy fuel oil and diesel currently used for transportation.

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Furthermore, the project will involve an evaluation of potential hydrogen applications for port cargo handling machinery.

Uniper will be responsible for the management of the project and also lead on technical feasibility.

Siemens Energy’s water electrolysis equipment will be used for the production of green hydrogen by using renewable energy.

ABP will provide its expertise to support the use of hydrogen at ports.

Toyota Tsusho Group plans to look into the development of infrastructure, including port facilities and hydrogen fueling, while leveraging its expertise in port decarbonisation.

Since September 2020, the Toyota Tsusho Group has also been looking into a model of local production and consumption of hydrogen at the Port of Los Angeles, California, US.

The feasibility study at the Port of Immingham, which commenced in September, will continue until March 2022.

Thereafter, the partners will work on the commercialisation of the project, with an aim to commence the commercial production of 20MW of green hydrogen for use at the port by 2025.