Northumbrian Water has secured £225,000 (€258,000) funding from the Innovation in Water Challenge for a project which captures ammonia before turning it into green hydrogen fuel.
The water company managed to secure the financial backing following a successful bid into the OFWAT Innovation Fund, where only 11 out of 61 bids were granted funding.
The Organics Ammonia Recovery project, which is a first for the industry, will recover ammonia in wastewater and directly convert it into green hydrogen for beneficial use in the emerging hydrogen economy powering fuel cell powered buses, HGVs and trains.
By converting the recovered ammonia into hydrogen fuel, this will contribute to the Government’s green gas and renewable fuel agenda and accelerate the water sector’s journey to carbon zero.
The process, which will use new technology to recover the ammonia from wastewater, will also help to accelerate the water company towards its ambitious net zero targets.
Northumbrian Water, are leading the project, and are also working with partners at Organics Group, Anglian Water Services Ltd, Cranfield University, Warwick University, and Wood Group UK Ltd in order to progress it.
Angela MacOscar, head of innovation at Northumbrian Water Group, said: “This project will drive us towards our net zero targets, and that is why I am delighted that we have been granted this funding by OFWAT.
“There were so many fantastic bids in the Innovation in Water Challenge, but I am so glad that OFWAT have seen the value of what we are hoping to achieve.”
As well as this, the water company was also part of a second sector-wide win at the Innovation in Water Challenge for a project called the UK Water Sector Innovation Centre of Excellence.
This project will see the creation of a sector-wide hub which will aim to drive collaboration and innovation from business to business, for the benefit of customers.
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