Notice

Industrial Hydrogen Accelerator Programme: open to applications

The £26 million Industrial Hydrogen Accelerator Programme provides funding for innovation projects that can demonstrate end-to-end industrial fuel switching to hydrogen.

Documents

To register and apply for both Streams, go to the How to apply section

IHA Stream 1: Declarations 1-5 (Annex 2A)

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IHA Stream 1: Declaration 6 (Annex 2A)

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IHA Stream 1: Project cost breakdown form (Annex 3A)

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IHA Stream 1: Application form (Annex 4A) - Word version - DO NOT SUBMIT

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IHA Stream 1: Partner information form (Annex 5A)

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IHA Stream 1: Technical Performance Excel (Annex 6)

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IHA Stream 2A: Declarations 1-5 (Annex 2B)

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IHA Stream 2A: Declaration 6 (Annex 2B)

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IHA Stream 2A: Project cost breakdown form (Annex 3B)

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IHA launch and networking event 9 May 2022: presentation slides

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Details

Update: 17 June 2022

Questions and responses updated with new questions (version 5).

The Industrial Hydrogen Accelerator (IHA) competition supports projects generating evidence on end-to-end industrial fuel switching to hydrogen. It will cover the full technology chain, from hydrogen generation and delivery infrastructure through to industrial end-use, including the integration of the components in a single project.

The competition will fund demonstrations and, where needed, feasibility and FEED studies:

  • the feasibility studies will explore how systems could be designed and provide information on the technical requirements and costs
  • the demonstration projects will construct end-to-end industrial hydrogen systems, from hydrogen production to end-use, to prove their feasibility and provide further evidence on the real-world performance and costs

It forms part of the BEIS £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, which aims to accelerate the commercialisation of innovative clean energy technologies and processes through the 2020s and 2030s.

Programme structure

  • Stream 1: Demonstration projects – Grant (up to £17 million available)
  • Stream 2A: Feasibility studies – SBRI (up to £2 million available)
  • Stream 2B: Demonstration / FEED projects – Grant (up to £7 million available) - aiming to open December 2022, follows on from Stream 2A and open only to projects who have completed feasibility studies in Stream 2A

How to apply

Stream 1 – up to £10 million in grant funding per project

Stream 2A – up to £400,000 in SBRI funding per project

We have provided Word versions of the application forms in the Documents section here to help you plan your response. You cannot submit these versions though – we will only assess applications submitted through the online platform.

Events for prospective applicants

Launch and Networking Event, 9 May 2022

We held an online Launch and Networking event on Monday 9 May to provide an overview of the competition. The session presentation is available in the Documents section of this page.

Online networking platform

If you would like to network with others interested in the IHA, please sign up to the Industrial Hydrogen Accelerator Networking Platform (B2Match IHA), a virtual marketplace where you can browse the expertise, products and services of potential partners and request support from others.

Once registered you can create a personal / company profile, share your expertise, message new connections and set up bilateral meetings with other participants.

Other hydrogen and industry funding opportunities

Some other funds that may be relevant to your project:

We will use the evidence generated by the IHA on the use of hydrogen by industrial users to inform strategic decisions in 2026 on the role of low carbon hydrogen as a replacement for natural gas in the gas grid. For more information on this policy area see the August 2021 UK Hydrogen Strategy.

Contact: nzip.hydrogen@beis.gov.uk

Published 28 February 2022
Last updated 17 June 2022 + show all updates
  1. Questions and responses updated.

  2. Questions and responses updated with new questions (version 4).

  3. Stream 2 guidance updated. Questions and responses updated with new questions.

  4. Competition guidance for Streams 1 and 2A updated to clarify the position on eligibility of the construction and mining and quarrying sectors: “However, the use of hydrogen for industrial heat in an industrial process (such as industrial boiler/kiln) on a construction, mining or quarrying site is considered an industrial process for the purposes of this competition, and is not excluded on the basis of the sector.”

  5. Added Industrial Hydrogen Accelerator launch and networking event presentation, 9 May 2022.

  6. Competition now open to applications: guidance and forms published.

  7. Added link to Industrial Hydrogen Accelerator Networking Platform.

  8. Added Stream 1 draft funding agreement, Stream 2A draft Terms and Conditions, questions / answers from the 8 March stakeholder event plus video of event.

  9. Added details of a Networking event on 24 March 2022, and slides from the 8 March engagement session.

  10. First published.