Tissues, toilet paper and nappies are about to be powered by green hydrogen, not gas.
That’s after Octopus and RES’ joint venture HYRO has partnered with Kimberly-Clark to switch its energy supply at two factories from gas to green hydrogen.
Kimberly-Clark owns brand such as Andrex, Kleenex and Huggies – and will now have electrolysers installed that are powered by solar and wind, as well as hydrogen-ready boilers to cut the carbon footprint of manufacturing.
These two facilities are in Kent and Wales – and will have a combined capacity of 22.5MW, HYRO has said.
HYRO has set a target to invest £3 billion into green hydrogen plants across the UK.
Alex Brierley from Octopus Energy Generation said: “This deal with Kimberly-Clark means well-loved household brands will soon be manufactured with green hydrogen instead of polluting gas.
“For heavy industries unable to electrify, hydrogen produced from home-grown clean energy like wind and solar can be a winning solution. We hope more businesses follow their lead to a future without fossil fuels.”
“Green hydrogen developed and produced using renewable energy in the UK can provide a reliable, cost-competitive source of power for industrial businesses,” RES’ Rachel Ruffle added.
Oriol Margo from Kimberly-Clark stated: “These developments represent a huge step towards our ambition to move solely to renewable energy to manufacture Andrex, Kleenex, Huggies, WypAll and Scott in the UK by 2030.”