MEMBER NEWS: Local engineering company, Apollo, win engineering for Longer Duration Energy Storage Demonstration Study

May 31, 2022
MEMBER NEWS: Local engineering company, Apollo, win engineering for Longer Duration Energy Storage Demonstration Study

Apollo, Aberdeen based engineering and advisory consultancy is delighted to be working with the Net Zero Technology Centre (NZTC) demonstrating longer duration energy storage solutions as part of the UK Government’s Department of Business Energy & Industry Strategy (BEIS) Longer Duration Energy Storage (LODES) Demonstration innovation competition.  Apollo will support the Ballylumford Power-to-X pilot through project definition to the end of concept select.

The engineering includes the specification and sourcing of the gas turbine (GT) considering the main consumers and associated interfaces on-site (electrolyser, compression, storage) as well as the design of the blending panel to utilise grid gas and hydrogen as fuel gas for the GT.  Apollo will draw on its extensive experience in system specification, process design, market engagement, EC&I and mechanical engineering.

Apollo has a proud history of successfully delivering pioneering projects supporting the energy transition, with recent project awards in hydrogen generation, transport and distribution, usage and carbon abatement.

Lucy Green, Business Development Director – Sustainable Energy said, “We are genuinely excited to be working with the Net Zero Technology Centre and partners on this project.  Apollo has been working really hard to ensure that it has just the right blend of technical and commercial experience to support future focussed energy projects, which will undoubtedly demonstrate how the integration of technology will contribute to sustainable and secure energy supplies. This is the heartbeat of our business.”

Speaking about the contract award, Technical Director, Phil Westmorland, commented: “It is great to be working on these early concept phase projects that are looking to provide demonstrable evidence around their ability to support the transition to net zero. The work is incredibly interesting and challenging with no two projects the same, each with its own unique set of challenges. Ultimately this is very rewarding as an engineer and it’s great to see Apollo working on these projects and supporting them on their journey.”

Craig Nicol, Project manager from Net Zero Technology Centre said: “The BEIS funded Ballylumford Power-to-X project is supporting the UK’s first ever Hydrogen Strategy to drive forward the commitments laid out in the UK Government’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution which includes the ambition to deliver 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030.

“The gas turbine is an integral part of this FEED study and the NZTC alongside our project partners B9 Energy, Islandmagee Energy and Mutual Energy are looking forward to working with Apollo to deliver the engineering scope that will fit into the overall power-to-x project.

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