Details of the Galway Hydrogen Hub (GH2), Ireland’s first Hydrogen Valley, were announced at the launch event in NUI Galway yesterday.
GH2’s proposal is to develop a Hydrogen Valley in Galway, creating a regional ecosystem that links hydrogen research, production, distribution, and transportation with various end users such as transport and industry.
This project will provide green hydrogen for use in transport, industry and within local communities across the region.
GH2 is a consortium consisting of seven members - NUI Galway, the Port of Galway, CIÉ Group and Bus Éireann, Aran Islands Ferries, Lasta Mara Teo, Aer Arann Islands, and SSE Renewables.
Their intention is to develop an initial flagship demonstrator project at The Port of Galway, for the indigenous production and supply of hydrogen fuel for public and private vehicles.
The GH2 project preferred connection point to the national grid is at the Galway 110kV grid substation and will be powered by green energy.
The green hydrogen produced at GH2 project will then be distributed for use by buses and trucks initially, and then extending to maritime and aviation, to deliver a multi-modal, zero emission, green hydrogen transport hub that can be easily replicated across Ireland.
The intended hydrogen transport hub could be expected to be fully operational by the end of 2024.
John O’Sullivan, SSE Renewables’ Project Manager for GH2 told Midwest News that the move towards hydrogen will provide a huge boost to the Galway economy.