The consultant’s report will be used by Powerhouse’s partner Peel, and their consultants and contractors to support the finalisation of contracts for the Protos Energy Park
DNV, the international gas process design and certification consultancy, completed stage one of the validation of the enhanced design to produce two tonnes per day of hydrogen.
The DNV assessment of design enhancements introduced at the Protos Energy Park in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, removed previous uncertainties regarding operating parameters, Powerhouse said.
Following this validation, the DNV assessment team will continue with extensive verification of the designs including failure mode and criticality assessments that lead to complete technology qualification in accordance with the DNVGL-SE-0160 technology qualification management and verification certificate.
DNV and Powerhouse said new sources of uncertainty may arise as qualification progresses, however the company is confident its technology development programme has identified a work programme to remove many unknowns through the execution of the Protos development and that the likelihood of new sources of risk arising is low. A Certificate of Endorsement is expected later in the year.
The DNV statement and report will be used by Powerhouse’s partner Peel and their consultants and contractors to support the finalisation of contracts for the Protos execution. The material will also support project development work in Australia and Europe.
David Ryan, who in November of last year announced he is to step down as chief executive officer of Powerhouse, said the validation represents a case of “job done”.
“The delivery of this validation is my last act for Powerhouse. I leave the company, confident that the technology development team led by Paul Emmitt many of whom have delivered process plant alongside me for 15 years will deliver DMG technology as the reliable cost-effective source of hydrogen for road transport use in the community,” Ryan said.
Executive chair, Tim Yeo, welcomed the DNV validation and noted that although Ryan is now going to enjoy a well-earned break, “his advice will be available to us in future as a consultant to help ensure the timely completion of our first commercial-scale plant.”
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