ERM receives UK government funding for several low-carbon energy projects


ERM, the world’s largest pure play sustainability consultancy, has received funding from the UK government Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for three energy innovation projects in its Net Zero Innovation Portfolio Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2 competition.

The ERM innovation projects benefiting from BEIS funding are:

  • Dolphin – Further development of large-scale, low-carbon hydrogen production from floating offshore wind
  • Feasibility studies on bulk hydrogen storage using liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHC) at existing oil terminals
  • Developing the design of an organic liquid hydrogen carrier (LOHC) tank system to reduce the footprint and cost of hydrogen storage

These projects aim to provide affordable and safe low-carbon hydrogen solutions that can be deployed at scale, creating an opportunity for the UK to take a global leadership position in the hydrogen economy. rapidly emerging.

This announcement follows the launch last month of the UK Government’UK Energy Security Strategy’, which builds on its “Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution” and its Net Zero strategy. The new strategy is designed to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels and provide the UK with a clean, affordable and secure long-term energy supply.

The Energy Security Strategy sets out the UK Government‘s plans to increase the proportion of electricity from renewables, including measures to support the growth of the UK’s hydrogen economy. The UK government has pledged to double the UK’s low-carbon hydrogen production targets to 10 GW by 2030, at least half of which will be green hydrogen, and will research and will also build new models for transporting and storing hydrogen.

Steve Matthews, Director of ERM for Hydrogen Ventures, said: “We are delighted to receive this support from the UK government for these innovative projects, which we believe will help transform the hydrogen landscape in the UK. The UK is at a critical point in terms of our energy strategy, and we believe that low-carbon hydrogen has a vital role to play in creating an energy system that is not only safe and efficient, but also able to hit our net zero goals affordably.

UK Government Energy Minister Greg Hands said: “The UK is truly the world leader in hydrogen innovation thanks to the exciting efforts of companies like ERM.

“The government support they received today will help spur the development of hydrogen as the clean, affordable and local premium fuel of the future.”

ERM Dolphyn – production of green hydrogen from floating offshore wind farms
The winner ERM Dolphin solution is a unique technology that combines electrolysis, desalination and hydrogen production on a floating wind platform.

The hydrogen produced by ERM Dolphyn is low-carbon green hydrogen and is returned to land via a pipeline, where it can be used for power generation, transportation, industrial use and heating. At the point of use, the hydrogen produced from ERM Dolphyn is carbon free. It will be developed at multi-GW scale across multiple sites and could supply up to 25% of the UK’s future low-carbon hydrogen needs.

ERM worked on the design under the aegis of the British government Hydrogen Supply Competition (2016-2021) and received additional funding of approximately £8.62 million through the Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2 competition to build on previous successful delivery phases.

Feasibility of Bulk Hydrogen Storage Using Liquid Organic Hydrogen (LOHC) Carriers at Existing Oil Terminals
BEIS has awarded ERM funding of approximately £210,000 to assess the technical and economic feasibility of using LOHCs to repurpose existing oil terminals for hydrogen storage.

LOHC allows large volumes of hydrogen to be stored in its molecular structure, with a hydrogen density similar to liquid hydrogen. However, unlike liquid hydrogen, it can be handled and stored at atmospheric temperature and pressure and therefore does not require highly insulated and pressurized containment.

The project will assess the possibility of storing the liquid in conventional petroleum storage tanks, moving it via pipelines and transporting it in bulk using conventional tankers or tank cars. It will also determine the possibility of the LOHC being transported by road in conventional road tankers and stored on site for industrial or commercial purposes.

Developing the design of an organic liquid hydrogen carrier (LOHC) tank system to reduce the footprint and cost of hydrogen storage
ERM has received funding of approximately £168,000 to further develop the design of a unique ‘cascade’ tank system which has the potential to significantly reduce the footprint and cost of hydrogen storage.

Hydrogen can be released from the LOHC on demand and used to supply a wide range of applications. Currently, LOHC is stored in large tanks that must be supplied for both “live” LOHC and depleted LOHC once the hydrogen is removed. This exhausted LOHC is then sent back to the supplier to be recharged with hydrogen.

The ERM system will replace two separate tanks with tank compartments integrated into a single tank that can be filled and emptied in sequence. This approach could have a significant impact on the commercial use of the LOHC for many hydrogen applications where space is limited.

About ERM
ERM is the business of sustainability.

As the world’s largest sustainability consultancy, ERM partners with leading global organizations, creating innovative solutions to sustainability challenges and unlocking business opportunities that meet today’s needs while preserving opportunities for future generations.

ERM’s diverse team of more than 7,500 world-class experts in more than 150 offices in more than 40 countries helps clients across their organizations operationalize sustainability. With ERM’s deep technical expertise, customers are well placed to address their environmental, health, safety, risk and social issues. ERM calls this capability its “boots to boardroom” approach – a full-service model that enables ERM to develop strategic and technical solutions that advance field or executive-level objectives.

Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
This funding has been made available through the government’s £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, which aims to support innovation in hydrogen supply. This competition aims to finance projects to develop a wide range of innovative low-carbon hydrogen supply solutions.


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