By Mary Page Bailey |
Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.) is supporting Mercury Renewables in the development of one of Ireland’s first co-located onshore wind farms and hydrogen smelters. A 75 megawatt wind farm will power an electrolyser plant producing green hydrogen. Black & Veatch’s initial role in the project was the feasibility studies that inform all aspects of hydrogen development.
“The abundance of renewable energy potential in Ireland means that green hydrogen is set to play an important role in regional and national cross-sector decarbonisation. Projects like Firlough put Mercury at the forefront of the hydrogen economy in Ireland,” said Tim Bills-Everett of Mercury. “Our business model is to combine local knowledge with international best practices in renewable energy development. For Firlough, we also need proven hydrogen expertise. With solid experience in both areas, Black & Veatch is our partner of choice.
Black & Veatch’s first involvement was helping Mercury understand what combination of electrolyser technology and size, as well as hydrogen storage and transportation options – and water supply alternatives – best meets its business objectives for the project. This is achieved through the development of multiple scenario studies and conceptual site layouts.
“Hydrogen project developers and investors need to have confidence in the quality of the advice they receive. The most comprehensive analysis will come from partners with expertise in hydrogen, renewable energy generation and the complex interfaces between them that define projects like Firlough,” said Youssef Merjaneh, senior vice president, general manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa from Black & Veatch. .
Once the optimum configuration has been identified, Black & Veatch will develop an overall design for the installation that is sympathetic to the local environment; and supporting engagement with the local community, as well as working to ensure the safe operation of the plant.
Mercury Renewables has been developing renewable energy projects in Ireland since 2009. At Firlough, as with other projects, the company will strive to provide localized economic growth; using local people, equipment and services wherever possible.