Ballylumford Power 2 X
In the fight against climate change, the United Kingdom – and individually NI for the first time recently via the Climate Change Act (Northern Ireland) 2022 – has committed to cutting its net level of greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. Renewable energy technologies with zero emissions, are critical to achieving this target.
The Ballylumford Power-to-X Project at Islandmagee seeks to create a full-cycle hydrogen economy using 100% renewable energy sources. It will test green hydrogen production, storage and its use in power generation at the site as well as distribution. This will support the decarbonisation of the transport sector in Northern Ireland.
The project is of international significance and seeks to capitalise on Northern Ireland’s unique position as one of the world’s highest producers of instantaneous grid connected wind power, whilst offering a potential solution to renewable energy curtailment.
Phase one will deliver a front-end engineering design (FEED) study to demonstrate how this first-of-a-kind, longer duration energy storage concept will work to help Northern Ireland and the UK reach net zero ambitions.
The project is a collaboration between B9 Energy, Mutual Energy, Islandmagee Energy and the Net Zero Technology Centre. Together they will explore the provision of green hydrogen from renewable energy sources which can be stored in underground salt caverns for later use as carbon free fuel.
It’s all part of the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industry Strategy (BEIS) Longer Duration Energy Storage Demonstration (LODES) innovation competition which examines pioneering technologies in the cleantech sector.