Protium and partners commenced operations to generate green hydrogen

Protium, the leading green hydrogen company, together with partner organizations, Fuel Cell Systems Ltd, Enapter and the University of South Wales (USW) have commenced operations to generate green hydrogen at Baglan Energy Park, South Wales.

Commissioning Pioneer One marks a significant milestone in building a network of hydrogen-generating facilities for the UK’s green hydrogen infrastructure. The project highlights the critical role green hydrogen can play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from industry.

In 2022 Protium announced its partnership with USW to deploy its first 100kW electrolyser at the University’s Hydrogen Centre in Baglan, Neath Port Talbot. This is the UK’s largest AEM integrated electrolyser, sourced from award-winning design and manufacturing brand, Enapter, responsible for developing the first scalable AEM electrolyser, to generate electrolytic green hydrogen.

Development of Protium’s first hydrogen production facility has included design, site works and equipment installation. This week installation and commissioning of the Hydrogen Production Facility (HPF) was finalised and will start generating green fuel cell grade hydrogen. The first batch of green hydrogen-filled storage containers (MCPS) will now start to roll off the production line.

Jon Constable said, “This is a landmark moment for the whole team that has made this happen at Protium, USW, FCSL and Enapter. As of the beginning of April, we will have our first commercially operating hydrogen production facility, capable of supplying green hydrogen-filled containers to customers. We are proud to have reached this point where we can make decarbonisation happen for industry and can now focus on longer-term plans to scale up operations, here and in other locations.”

Tom Chicken said, “This is a practical, working example of green hydrogen production in operation. The project partners have shown that hydrogen technologies are available now and can be implemented across the industry. We are delighted to be a part of the decarbonisation solution.”

Commenting on the collaborative venture and what this means for the ongoing development of the hydrogen economy in Wales, Professor Jon Maddy added, “The University of South Wales is dedicated to the development of clean hydrogen technologies, and we are delighted to work with Protium to deliver another first in hydrogen in the UK. Electrolytic hydrogen is critical to the transition to net zero and Pioneer One is another important step on this important journey.”

The facility can produce 40kg H2 / day which gives Protium the capability to deliver hydrogen MCPs at a rate of 10 per week, ready to supply directly to customers for uses such as vehicle trials, gen-sets and other smaller initial hydrogen operations. Customers will be able to collect filled cylinders of hydrogen from the Baglan facility.

Jon continues, “This is the largest AEM Enapter electrolyser deployment in the UK and whilst this facility is currently on a small scale, it is designed to enable supply chain development and hydrogen training as we continue to develop larger facilities over the next 5 years.

We have all gained many important learnings, and the project has facilitated hydrogen safety operations development, vital to the future operations of any electrolyser-based system in the UK.”

Engr. Haseeb Ullah

Haseeb covers the global energy market for both conventional and modern energy resources. His expertise is on the global energy supply chain from generation to distribution and end-users. He has a Master degree in Engineering Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
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