Renewable Energy & Low Carbon Technologies
Tees Valley is leading developments in the renewable sector. It boasts a growing cluster of biomass, biofuel, bioethanol and energy from waste plants. It also has plans to develop Europe’s first Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage (ICCS) equipped industrial zone.
There is an increasing demand to build renewable energy assets, in particular offshore wind, and Tees Valley has been awarded UK Government CORE status as a Centre for Offshore Renewable Engineering. This is in recognition of the area’s existing port infrastructure, available skills and supply chain and will enable rapid growth in the offshore wind sector.
The region benefits from good access to supply chains and from 16.5GWE of wind farm development within easy reach of port sites. Its main advantage over rival locations is its proximity to the northern North Sea, which experiences higher than average wind speeds than anywhere else in Europe.
Energy from Waste
With over £410 million of private investment in the last 18 months alone, the Tees Valley energy sector continues to thrive and grow. Tees Valley’s Low Carbon Action Plan supports the energy sector by continually developing initiatives, making the area a leader in biofuels and low-carbon technology.
Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage
Led by Teesside Collective, a cluster of leading industries, Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage (ICCS) is a ground-breaking initiative with a vision to establish Tees Valley as the go-to location for future clean industrial development by creating Europe’s first ICCS equipped industrial zone.
ICCS is a proven technology that can capture, transport and permanently store up to 90% of the CO₂ emissions produced by industrial facilities, preventing them from entering the atmosphere.
Teesside Collective has a viable end-to-end plan that encompasses the capture of CO₂ from a cluster of energy intensive anchor companies, as well as the transportation and permanent storage under the North Sea. It is envisaged that other industries already in Tees Valley would also be able to plug in to the network, as would new plants attracted to the area by the infrastructure. This represents a significant step forward in achieving a low-carbon industrial cluster in Tees Valley as it will become one of only a few global locations where companies can access infrastructure to significantly reduce their carbon emissions.
Visit www.teessidecollective.co.uk to find out more about Teesside Collective.