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Solar energy firm Lightsource bp has joined the South Wales Industrial Cluster, which has secured funding of nearly £20 million ($28 million) from UK Research & Innovation.

The cluster is one of six major in the UK and is intended to bring together various sectors in South Wales that are crucial for decarbonisation and the development of a hydrogen economy. Project partners include RWE, Tata Steel, Valero and Tarmac.

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Lightsource bp says the project is an opportunity to contribute towards innovation and research into the future deployment of green hydrogen.

Chris Buckland, technical director at Lightsource bp, said: “Green hydrogen represents a big step in decarbonising the global fuel supply, sustainably supporting industries across all sectors. Our participation in the South Wales Industrial Cluster is an example of how solar expertise can play a much wider role through innovation across the energy sector”.

UK Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “Ahead of COP26, the UK is showing the world how we can cut emissions, create jobs and unleash private investment and economic growth. Today’s strategy builds on this winning formula as we transition low carbon and renewable energy sources, while supporting the competitiveness of Britain’s industrial base.”

Lightsource bp and the other members of South Wales Industrial Cluster are working together to try and enhance the flexibility of the electrolyser technology and increase its efficiency for renewables, laying the groundwork for new routes to cost-effective, easily scalable hydrogen produced with the smallest possible carbon footprint.

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