Hanson to investigate hydrogen use at asphalt plants

Building materials provider Hanson says funding has been secured to investigate the feasibility of using low carbon hydrogen as an alternative source of heat at its asphalt plants.
Asphalt Plants, Equipment & Applications / October 20, 2022
By Liam McLoughlin
Hanson UK sustainability director Marian Garfield
Hanson UK sustainability director Marian Garfield

The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is providing almost £400,000 through the Industrial Hydrogen Accelerator programme, under the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio. The funding has been awarded through the EDF UK R&D centre to the Bay Hydrogen Hub – Hydrogen4Hanson project, which will look at developing nuclear hydrogen production and investigating technologies to deliver the hydrogen to industrial sites.

The project would underpin the development of a hydrogen hub at EDF’s Heysham nuclear power station in Morecambe, Lancashire, and the use of hydrogen to decarbonise multiple Hanson sites in the UK.

Marian Garfield, Hanson UK sustainability director, said: “The use of hydrogen as a fuel at asphalt sites has not yet been physically demonstrated anywhere in the world, so we are delighted to once again be leading the way with new technologies that have the potential to significantly cut carbon emissions across our industry.

“Our involvement in this project is another example of our commitment to meeting our 2050 net zero carbon ambitions.”

Hanson says it is hoped that the project will demonstrate a key step forward towards the decarbonisation of both the asphalt and cement industries, and it has the potential to be upscaled to more than 250 sites in the UK alone.

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