The Tees Valley leads the way in hydrogen production and storage, with 50% of the UK’s hydrogen produced here. The investment being made in the region in hydrogen is second to none, with a number of exciting projects being delivered over the next ten years.
More readily storable than electricity, hydrogen can be used to heat buildings – commercial and domestic – by industry, reducing emissions from heat and in transport
for rail and heavy goods vehicles.
The Tees Valley will be a centre for industrial scale low-carbon hydrogen production. Industrials in the Tees Valley already produce 50% of the UK’s commercially available hydrogen through BOC. To enable the new low-carbon hydrogen economy it will be important to move rapidly to producing hydrogen at scale.
Many hydrogen projects are in development for the region, with bp committed to Hygreen Teesside, a new large-scale green hydrogen production facility to the region. This will target 60MWe of green hydrogen production by 2025, potentially rising to 500Mwe by 2030 in line with demand. It has also revealed plans for H2Teesside, its major blue hydrogen production facility, which aims to be up and running within in the next five years, targeting 1GW of hydrogen production by 2030.
Other projects include H2NorthEast, developed by energy infrastructure firm Kellas Midstream, exploring the production of up to 1GW of low carbon blue hydrogen using gas already imported through the company’s CATS Terminal at Seal Sands.
These projects combined could deliver 2.5GW, 50% of the UK’s target
The Tees Valley has been selected as the home for the UK’s first ever hydrogen transport hub. The £3million hub will bring together government, industry and academia to focus research, testing and trials across all modes of transport. By creating real world hydrogen transport pilots, it will also help to understand how hydrogen can be used to meet Government’s 2050 net zero ambitions.
The hub, which could be fully operational by 2025, could also create up to 10,000 new jobs across the region and wider North-East over the next 30 years.
A pioneering project led by Northern Gas Networks is exploring the use of hydrogen in the existing gas network to distribute to homes and businesses. The proposal could see 2,000 homes and businesses supplied with hydrogen by 2025.
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