Green hydrogen development in South Wales

Lightsource bp is part of the South Wales Industrial Cluster (SWIC), a partnership of businesses dedicated to decarbonising industry in Wales, including research into the production and distribution of green hydrogen.

We joined the project in summer 2020, in phase two, and received phase two funding in February 2021, to the tune of almost £20mil from UK Research & Innovation (UKRI). This funding will allow SWIC to undertake a wide range of engineering studies, including work on the production of green hydrogen production, led by Lightsource bp.

Our engineering experience and innovative thinking makes us a valued partner for the cluster, and this project allows us to share and expand on the knowledge we’ve built during other green hydrogen initiatives, in Australia and Europe. Our participation in SWIC gives us a complete overview of the green hydrogen production process, not just the provision of solar energy, meaning that we’re bringing our technical expertise and engineering excellence to examine how the process currently works, and see how our skillsets can improve and adapt, to investigate new ways of optimising the process for solar.

Green hydrogen is one of the fuels of the future, and as always we’re committed to making sure that solar plays it’s part in progress.

  • 13
    partners across business and industry
  • £20mil
    funding from UKRI
  • 30MWdc
    Lightsource bp solar operated in Wales

About SWIC

The South Wales Industrial Cluster (SWIC) is a partnership of businesses from many sectors, including utilities, heavy industry, and power generation, geographically located in South Wales. The partners are working on innovative projects to create a hydrogen economy, increase energy efficiency, and avoid carbon emissions while exploring opportunities for Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) and low carbon power generation.

The Cluster will explore the decarbonisation of heavy industry and identify how south Wales’ available resources and existing gas and electricity infrastructure can not only help heavy industry get to Net Zero, but also decarbonise home heating. Collaborators in the SWIC Deployment Plan are Costain, Associated British Ports, Capital Law Limited, CR Plus Limited, Industry Wales, Lanza Tech, Lightsource bp, Port of Milford Haven, Progressive Energy, RWE, Shell, SIMEC Atlantis Energy, Tata Steel, Tarmac, University of South Wales, Valero Energy and Wales & West Utilities.

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