New report charts Teesside’s route to becoming the hydrogen capital

Andy Mace, directeur, Énergie, eau, ressources chez Arup ;  Phil Conner, directeur technique de Kellas Midstream ;  Matthew Williamson, vice-président Blue Hydrogen, pb ;  Mark Danter, directeur principal de la stratégie chez Northern Gas Networks ;  Le maire de Tees Valley, Ben Houchen <i>(Picture: press release)</i>”  data-src=”–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTY0MA–/ data” “–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTY0MA–/>”</div>
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Tees Valley’s pioneering hydrogen sector is laying the foundations for the world’s first net zero industrial cluster – with a new document outlining how the region will lead the UK in its energy ambitions.

A Vision for Hydrogen in the Tees Valley details how the region can become globally significant in the production, consumption and export of low-carbon hydrogen, while supporting emerging initiatives in carbon capture, use and storage and saving and creating thousands of high quality jobs.

By 2040, the report sees hydrogen supporting the Tees Valley’s goal of becoming one of the world’s first decarbonized industrial clusters, helping to accelerate the UK’s global 2050 net zero target .

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Major organizations operating in the region are already showing their commitment to new low-carbon hydrogen production projects – with many companies using it to decarbonise their operations. New generation projects could see at least 2.5GW of hydrogen generation capacity on Teesside by 2030.

This represents a quarter of the government’s ambition of 10GW of low-carbon hydrogen production by the end of the decade, which recently doubled from 5GW. This shows that the essential elements of a complete system hydrogen “SuperPlace” are already at the heart of the territory.

Capitalizing on these assets will support the local production and use of hydrogen as a fuel and feedstock for current and new industries and businesses, helping them to decarbonize, adapt, grow and thrive. It could also play a pivotal role in accelerating the use of fuel in transport and help position Teesside as the UK’s hydrogen transport hub.

The report was produced by a consortium of key stakeholders comprising the Mayor and Combined Authority of Tees Valley, Arup, bp, Kellas Midstream and Northern Gas Networks (NGN), the drivers of innovative projects in the sector .

Teesside already produces around half of the UK’s hydrogen, so we are well placed to become a leading force – Ben Houchen

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “Our region is at the forefront of the UK’s clean energy ambitions, with secure transformative projects in the low carbon and offshore sectors. . Teesside already produces around half of the UK’s hydrogen, so we are well placed to become a leading force and ‘superplace’ in the production, storage, distribution and use of hydrogen for green projects of global importance.

“This landmark study explains how hydrogen will bring the well-paying, high-quality jobs of the future to Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool as our green economy continues to grow. If we seize the opportunity ur region can be to hydrogen in the 21st century what it was to steel and chemicals in the 19th and 20th.

Andy Mace, Director of Energy, Water and Resources at Arup, said: “We will need stakeholders to come together behind a shared vision of the Tees Valley as an electricity-powered SuperPlace. hydrogen, and act collaboratively and cohesively, driving the transition to an economy. and energy engine room for the North and the UK.

Other findings of the report include:

  • Five hydrogen production sites could be built, with a combined capacity of 2.5GW by 2030, which is a quarter of the UK government’s 2030 hydrogen production target

  • Rising hydrogen-based economy could support up to 6,300 workers over a three-year construction period

  • Teesside will accelerate the UK’s global net zero targets by 2050.

Decarbonizing the energy system is a challenge for everyone. Hydrogen will be a key element in meeting this challenge, with the Tees Valley well placed to be at the forefront of the UK’s clean energy revolution.

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