UK Research and Innovation has shortlisted a consortium of Humber businesses, led by the University of Hull, to develop a proposal to Strength in Places (SIP) – their multi-million pound economic regeneration funding programme.
Energy Estuary 2.0 sets out plans for a SIP investment of over £50m from UKRI and consortium partners, promising a transformative effect on the economy and the people of the region. The bid aims to establish the Humber Estuary as the most energy resilient region of the UK, accelerating clean energy industry growth by supporting innovation in energy storage, conversion, distribution and demand management. It will support businesses to seize emerging opportunities, creating 10,000 new jobs and firmly establishing the Humber as a global centre of clean energy expertise and an exemplar of estuarial clean growth.
Energy Estuary 2.0 – Outline projects
Working together, harnessing the ambition and expertise of industry alongside academic rigour, R&D and innovation activity, we will develop a new economic model that will demonstrate globally the benefits of building a zero-carbon economy. The SIP bid aims to transform the region, through 10 inter-related work packages, across four complementary themes:
- Innovations in power generation – offshore wind and fuel creation from waste
- Energy storage and conversion – wind power conversion to hydrogen and ammonia, versatile usage of hydrogen and waste derived energy
- Energy management – Smart microgrids to balance supply and demand, low energy heating and cooling systems
- Sustainability, skills and systems – environmental impact, human impact, modelling novel business operations for an energy ecosystem.