BP Announces Development of Blue Hydrogen Facility as Company Looks to Go Green

By Thomas Price Thursday, March 18, 2021

Global nations and companies are looking for better ways to create sustainable energy in the future. This goal becomes a challenge in places without natural sunlight or the landscape for large-scale solar and wind output. However, new technologies are the path forward. Energy company BP, alongside the United Kingdom (UK) government, has recently made a larger commitment to green energy by announcing a blue hydrogen facility. The plans could make an appreciable difference in the capacity of the company as its business begins transitioning toward more sustainable energy.

BP head office in Calgary, Canada.

BP’s Blue Hydrogen Plant

The announcement by the energy company of the blue hydrogen plant comes as part of a larger effort by the UK to transition to green energy while BP does the same for their business. The facility will be the largest hydrogen plant in UK history and is set to complete before 2030.

Blue hydrogen is a specifically unique type of hydrogen energy production that extracts hydrogen from fossil fuels. However, instead of releasing the carbon emissions from this process like grey hydrogen, blue hydrogen captures and stores that carbon underground or under the ocean. BP in particular will be storing this carbon by piping it below the North Sea. The business hopes to capture up to 2 million tons of carbon each year.

The planned facility from the company will have an energy capacity of 1 GW, helping the UK to reach their 5 GW goal for hydrogen energy by 2030. This hydrogen goal is part of the larger industrial decarbonization plans by the UK to lower emissions from businesses by two thirds over the next 15 years. BP is not the only business the UK has enlisted in this effort — Norwegian energy company Equinor announced last year that it would also be building a hydrogen plant.

Larger Climate Plans — Green Energy

BP is one of many other energy companies that are a part of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, which has the explicit goal of reaching a collective 0.25% methane emissions intensity by 2025. As part of the green energy initiative, BP has pledged to reach net-zero emissions across all business operations by 2050 or sooner. The business has also pledged to lower its emission rates by at least 30% by 2030.

When commenting on the recent green energy business goal, Executive Vice President of Gas and Low Carbon Energy Dev Sanyal said, “Clean hydrogen is an essential complement to electrification on the path to net zero. Blue hydrogen, integrated with carbon capture and storage, can provide the scale and reliability needed by industrial processes. It can also play an essential role in decarbonising hard-to-electrify industries and driving down the cost of the energy transition.”

About the Author

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Tom Price is a writer focusing on Entertainment and Sports Features. He has a degree from NYU in English with a minor in Creative Writing. He has been previously published for Washington Square News, Dignitas, CBR, and Numbers on the Boards.

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