Carlton Power secures consent for Manchester’s first hydrogen hub

The first phase of the scheme – 15MW to 20MW – is expected to create around 200 construction jobs over a two-year period

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Carlton Power has secured planning permission from the Trafford Council local authority for what will be the first low carbon hydrogen fuel hub in Manchester.

The 200MW Trafford Green Hydrogen scheme, located within the Trafford Low Carbon Energy Park, will produce and store hydrogen at scale and help integrate renewable energy on a regional scale through the storage of solar and wind energy.

The first phase of the scheme – 15MW to 20MW – is expected to create around 200 construction jobs over a two-year period and up to 100 full time operational jobs, with future phases to be constructed in response to demand for hydrogen in the region.

The scheme’s construction and operation is contingent on receiving financial support from the government’s Hydrogen Investment Package.

If built, Trafford Green Hydrogen will be located next to one of Europe’s largest energy storage facilities based on liquid air storage – the Carlton Highview Power project announced in June 2020 and potentially other forms of low carbon energy infrastructure.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester said: “The development of the Trafford Green Hydrogen project, as a part of the Trafford Low Carbon Energy Park, will be a spur for industry and transport operators in the Greater Manchester region to accelerate their plans to use green hydrogen and achieve their net zero carbon targets. It also provides an important stimulus to job creation in Greater Manchester and further investment in renewable energy generation which will, in time, provide greater energy security.

“I’m delighted that Greater Manchester is in the vanguard of creating a vibrant hydrogen economy in this country and I urge the UK Government to support this pioneering scheme.”

Carlton Power is taking the project forward with support and involvement of a local consortium, including Manchester Metropolitan University, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Trafford Council, Cadent Gas and Electricity North West.