CONSUB undertook a study on how to achieve the UK Government’s ambition to install 5 GW of electrolytic (green) hydrogen production capacity by 2030.
In 2020 the UK Government set a target to install 5 GW of electrolytic (green) hydrogen production capacity by 2030.
In 2023, CONSUB undertook a study on how to achieve this ambition using an offshore solution. Our study focused on one of the key challenges: the need for enabling infrastructure, specifically offshore pipeline infrastructure.
The study suggested meeting the ambition by developing offshore hydrogen production hubs. These hubs could use curtailed energy from offshore wind farms to generate green hydrogen. The hydrogen could then be transported to a compressor platform via subsea infield flowlines, and then exported to shore using a high pressure subsea export pipeline.
An example hydrogen production hub is shown below:
We presented the results of our study at the Subsea Expo 2023 as part of the Net Zero and Energy Transition session hosted by Global Underwater Hub.