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Toyota Tsusho, Uniper, Siemens Energy, ABP start hydrogen feasibility study for Immingham Port

06 Oct 2021

Toyota Tsusho UK Ltd. (TTUK) on Tuesday (5 October) said it is working with Germany-based Uniper, Siemens Energy UK&I, U.K.-based Associated British Ports (ABP), to launch a feasibility study looking at the decarbonisation potential of hydrogen, at the Port of Immingham in the United Kingdom in September 2021.

The study, dubbed Project Mayflower was selected for the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, funded by the UK Government’s Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK.

About Project Mayflower

At the Port of Immingham, which handles the largest cargo volume in the U.K., the technological and economic feasibility of producing, supplying, and using hydrogen will be verified to create a decarbonization model within the port using hydrogen with the aim of formulating a plan for commercialization in the future. Specifically, this will look at the potential options for hydrogen production, transport and storage and as a replacement fuel source for diesel and heavy fuel oil used for transport, through conversion to fuel cells. Also, the development of potential hydrogen applications for port cargo handling machinery will be analyzed and evaluated.

The project will be carried out by a four-company consortium of Uniper, Siemens Energy, ABP, and TTUK. Uniper is providing project management and leading on the technical feasibility. The aim is to use renewable energy to produce green hydrogen using Siemens Energy’s cutting-edge water electrolysis equipment. ABP will leverage its know-how gained from operating a total of 21 ports in the U.K. including Immingham to support the use of hydrogen at ports.

The Toyota Tsusho Group has been investigating a model of local production for local consumption of hydrogen at the Port of Los Angeles in the United States since September 2020 with the aim of converting equipment to fuel cells. The group plans to investigate development of infrastructure including port facilities and hydrogen fueling as well as GHG emissions reduction volumes while making the most of its expertise in port decarbonization.

Under the Project plan, feasibility will be examined from September 2021 to March 2022, and starting in 2022 commercialization including securing financing will be investigated with the aim of commercialization with production of 20 MW of green hydrogen for use at the Port of Immingham by 2025.


Photo credit: MarineTraffic / lewis eklund
Published: 6 October, 2021

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