ESB and Hydrogen Energy

ESB recognises that hydrogen produced from renewable electricity will play a significant role in the decarbonisation of many sectors, including transport. To that end, we plan to use our existing capabilities and future renewable growth to become a leading player in large scale renewable hydrogen production, thereby enabling renewable electricity, in the form of electrons or green modules, to meet the energy requirements of Ireland’s future zero carbon economy.

Hydrogen and Transport Sector

The electrification of transport is critical to the transition to a low-carbon future, with ESB committed to enabling this as part of our Brighter Future strategy.

The transport sector is currently the second highest contributor to greenhouse gases in Ireland and the use of hydrogen, produced by electrolysers powered by renewable energy, to fuel heavy goods vehicles combined with battery EVs for cars and lighter commercial vehicles can enable zero emissions transport.

ESB has been actively engaging with Hydrogen Mobility Ireland (HMI), a partnership of businesses from across many sectors, together with public sector and academic stakeholders, with all-Island cooperation, to deliver a coordinated approach to the introduction of Hydrogen energy technology.

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ESB Hydrogen Projects

In April 2021, ESB announced Green Atlantic @ Moneypoint where our County Clare site will be transformed into a green energy hub, helping Ireland to become a leader in the green energy production. 
ESB’s plans include investment in a green hydrogen production, storage and generation facility at Moneypoint towards the end of the decade. A clean, zero-carbon fuel, green hydrogen will be produced from renewable energy and used for power generation, heavy goods vehicles in the transport sector and to help decarbonise a wide range of industries such as pharmaceuticals, electronics and cement manufacturing.

More information here.

 

The electrification of transport is critical to the transition to a low-carbon future, with ESB committed to enabling this as part of our Brighter Future strategy.
The transport sector is currently the second highest contributor to greenhouse gases in Ireland and the use of hydrogen, produced by electrolysers powered by renewable energy, to fuel heavy goods vehicles combined with battery EVs for cars and lighter commercial vehicles can enable zero emissions transport.
ESB has been actively engaging with Hydrogen Mobility Ireland (HMI), a partnership of businesses from across many sectors, together with public sector and academic stakeholders, with all-Island cooperation, to deliver a coordinated approach to the introduction of Hydrogen energy technology.
ESB Hydrogen Projects
ESB is proud to be part of Ireland’s first ever Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) trial in the Dublin area. The bus is powered by hydrogen produced using renewable electricity from our iconic Adrnacrusha power station in Co Clare.
The zero emissions Caetano ‘CityGold’ prototype bus, powered by a 60KW Toyota fuel cell stack, runs on hydrogen produced by BOC Gases using electricity produced from the Shannon and water. The fuel cell electric bus is refuelled in minutes similar to a conventional bus.
Its electric motive power is obtained when the Hydrogen molecules from its fuel are combined with oxygen molecules from the air in the Toyota Fuel Cell. This HMI organised trial operated from early since November 2020 for one month, providing valuable information on the practical operation of the technology in varying weather, usage, and traffic conditions.
More information here. 

ESB and dCarbonX have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the joint assessment and development of Irish offshore  green hydrogen subsurface storage. This partnership represents another milestone in Ireland’s emerging hydrogen economy as part of its transition to a low-carbon future.  
Under this agreement, ESB and dCarbonX will work together on licensing, environmental studies, site selection, project sanctioning, offshore infrastructure development, commissioning and operations in areas that are adjacent to ESB’s existing and planned future infrastructure.  

More information here.

Contact Information

For more information, email hydrogen@esb.ie