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Beanz meanz hydrogen? Kraft Heinz, Carlton Power plan UK factory decarbonisation

The producer of food under brands including Heinz, Philadelphia and JELL-O is exploring the potential of developing a £40m ($50.5m) green hydrogen plant at a food factory in Wigan, UK.

Working with UK-based developer Carlton Power, The Kraft Heinz Company plans to set up a green hydrogen plant to meet more than half of the factory’s natural gas demand.

Coming as one of the “largest” food processing plants in Europe, the Kitt Green site produces around 250,000 tonnes of food per year.

The companies propose setting up a 20MW green hydrogen plant at the Wigan factory to meet more than 50% of the site’s annual natural gas demand and reduce the plant’s emissions by 16,000 tonnes per year.

The project would come as Carlton Power’s fifth green hydrogen site in the UK.

Subject to planning approval and financing, the partners have earmarked 2026 as its operation start date. Its construction will however rely on securing financial support from the UK Government’s Hydrogen Allocation Round 2 (HAR2).

Over the next 12-18 months, the partners plan to obtain planning permission for the scheme, while also working to secure grant funding and operational support from the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero.

Jojo Lins De Noronha, President, Northern Europe at The Kraft Heinz Company, said the agreement was an “important step forward” in the company’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions and meet Net Zero by 2050.

“We’re excited to partner together to develop our first, renewable hydrogen energy project globally and hope to see more projects like these in the future,” he added.

Expressing his “delight” to be working with the food giant, Eric Adams, Hydrogen Projects Director at Carlton Power, said, “It is critical that projects like this are brought forward to support British companies, especially in manufacturing, in reducing their carbon emissions and reaching Net Zero.”

Late last year (2023), Carlton had three projects across the UK selected for finance support from the UK Government’s HAR1.

Read more: Carlton Power projects selected under HAR1 funding

The projects located in Greater Manchester, Cumbria and Plymouth total 55MW of capacity and an investment of £100m ($126m).

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