A powerful industry group including Cadent, has come together to highlight how the North West of England could make hydrogen energy a reality in the UK helping to bring down the region’s CO2emissions and support clean growth.
The North West Hydrogen Alliance (NWHA) unites some of the UK’s most influential organisations who are driving forward work to position the region as the UK leader for hydrogen energy. The founding members of the NWHA are Atkins, BOC, Cadent, Costain, Peel Environmental, Shell and the University of Chester. They contend that the North West has the industry, infrastructure and innovation to lead the UK’s hydrogen energy revolution, bringing with it huge benefits to the region in new jobs, skills and investment.
It builds on the innovative ideas which are flourishing in the region to advance clean energy, many building on the existing hydrogen production and use , such as at BOC’s hydrogen plant in St.Helens. Powerhouse Energy is developing technologies to turn waste plastic into hydrogen and ITM Power, along with Cadent, is exploring the use cutting edge hydrogen production technology through Project Centurion.
The Alliance has launched a website – NWHydrogenAlliance.co.uk – as a one-stop-shop for news, insight and resources on how hydrogen is taking off across the region. Over the coming months the NWHA will promote the region as a green energy leader and share its knowledge and resources.
Professor Joseph Howe, Chair of the NWHA and Executive Director of the Thornton Energy Institute, said:
“To meet climate change targets and reduce CO2emissions we need to find ways of decarbonising our energy systems. Hydrogen can be used as a clean energy source to heat our homes and businesses and is changing the face of transport with fuel cell cars, commercial vehicles and trains.
“We’re seeing major leaps forward in the technology all over the world, but some of the leading research and development is taking place right here in the North West. Take Cadent’s HyNet and HyDeploy projects – flagship schemes to distribute hydrogen across the Manchester and Liverpool regions. They’ll bring with them a £17 billion economic boost, 5,000 jobs and over 1 million tonnes of CO2savings every year. That’s just one project.