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A new 1.5 MWth pilot plant is being built at Cranfield University to test an innovative hydrogen production technology that the University said will substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The HyPER project (Bulk Hydrogen Production by Sorbent Enhanced Steam Reforming) is an international collaboration led by Cranfield University with £7.4 million funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) £505m Energy Innovation Programme.
It is set to examine the potential for low-carbon hydrogen to be the clean fuel of the future. The project also involves US-based research and development organisation GTI and Doosan Babcock, a specialist in delivery of low-carbon technologies. The project centres on a hydrogen production technology invented by GTI.
Dr Peter Clough, lecturer in energy engineering at Cranfield University, said:
“The first pieces of equipment are already on order and construction is beginning, so we’re looking forward to the plant being operational in autumn this year. 
“It will be a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate the scale-up of the technology and process, and offer a unique teaching and research facility for students.
“In the year of the COP26 climate conference it’s significant that the kind of technology we are exploring could have an important impact globally. It will minimise greenhouse gas emissions and make the production, storage and transportation of low-carbon hydrogen a reality. We anticipate great benefits for consumers, industry and the hydrogen sector.”
The pilot plant is designed to demonstrate key components of the process and enable future scale-up and lead to commercially operating facilities. It will be equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation. More information can be found at Cranfield University HyPER Project.