ITM Power secures funding to deliver energy storage feasibility study

ITM Power, the Sheffield-based energy storage and clean fuel company, has secured funding from Innovate UK for a feasibility study to deploy a 100MW Power-to-Gas (P2G) energy storage project, at Runcorn, Cheshire.

Dubbed Project Centurion, this feasibility study will explore the electrolytic production, pipeline transmission, salt cavern storage and gas grid injection of green hydrogen at an industrial scale.

The project will explore the system design and costs and will assess the business case for deployment.

The aim of Project Centurion is to demonstrate a 100MW P2G energy storage system which can produce low carbon hydrogen for heat, decarbonisation of industry, and transport fuel.

Project partners ITM Power, INOVYN, Storengy, Cadent and Element Energy aim to explore the feasibility of siting a 100MW Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolyser at the INOVYN Runcorn Site, which already produces hydrogen as a co-product of the chlor-alkali process.

This site has an existing 420MW supergrid connection, power electronics and planning consent for industrial scale hydrogen production. The transport of hydrogen by pipeline to salt caverns near Lostock, where it can be stored pure or blended with natural gas, will be explored, along with the feasibility of injection into the local gas network.