Strand 1 of the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund will provide development expenditure support for front end engineering design and post-FEED studies for new low carbon hydrogen production facilities.
Programme: Net Zero Hydrogen Fund
Award: Share of up to £90 million
Opens: 25th Apr 2022
Closes: 22nd Jun 2022
The aim of the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund is to provide capital expenditure and development expenditure. This will support the commercial deployment of new low carbon hydrogen production projects during the 2020s.
This is to ensure the UK has a diverse and secure decarbonised energy system fit for meeting our ambition of up to 10GW low carbon hydrogen production by 2030, and commitment to reach net zero by 2050.
The NZHF will deliver up to £240 million via four strands.
This competition will support development expenditure costs for front end engineering design and post-FEED studies. The aim is to build the pipeline of hydrogen production projects and measurably move them closer to deployment. This competition supports multiple hydrogen production pathways.
Your project must address low carbon hydrogen production opportunities and must focus on FEED studies, post-FEED studies or both.
FEED studies can include:
Post-FEED and pre-final investment decision (pre-FID) studies can include:
These lists are not exhaustive
The NZHF want to fund a portfolio of projects, across this competition, based on:
This will support the twin-track approach to hydrogen production as outlined in the UK Hydrogen Strategy.
Your project must:
To lead a project or work alone your organisation must be a UK registered business of any size
Academic institutions, research and technology organisations (RTOs), public sector organisations or charities cannot lead or work alone.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
You cannot use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.
The NZHF will not fund projects that:
The NZHF will not fund the following costs for projects:
Up to £90 million has been allocated to fund projects across strands 1 and 2 for this competition. The breakdown between Strands 1 and 2 is not fixed, but the NZHF is primarily a deployment fund and this may influence your expectations on funding for Strand 1.
If the majority of your organisation’s work on the project is commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically.
For developmental expenditure (DEVEX) support, you could get funding of up to 50% of your eligible project costs if you are a UK registered business of any size.
The research organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of your project can share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation undertaking non-economic activity, this maximum is shared between them.
Of that 30% you could get funding for your eligible project costs of up to:
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