Director of Research and Innovation at the University of Hull, Dr Maggie McGowan, says: “This clean energy revolution has the potential to transform our region in the same way oil transformed Aberdeen, but our mission is a clean and inclusive one. Our vision is that innovations in the clean energy revolution will deliver benefits to everyone in the region and create opportunities for employment, enhancing a culture of inclusive innovation and enterprise.
“This vision brings together industry leaders from across the region and will be pivotal in our continuing drive to capture all of the economic and societal benefits of the offshore wind energy that is surging through this region.
“We are well on the way to establishing the Humber as the energy estuary and this bid will only serve to accelerate that process. We are poised and ready to take a giant leap forward in the clean energy revolution.”
As a result of being shortlisted, the consortium has now been awarded £50,000 to help shape the final bid. A series of workshops for stakeholders, business and local communities will now be staged to ensure the bid represents all interests and identifies the key opportunities.
If businesses want to get involved in the development of the bid and the shaping of the future of the energy estuary, they can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A decision on the successful bidders is expected towards the end of the year. Up to eight initiatives from the shortlist of 24 bids could be successful.
Chair of Hull Bondholders, Andy Parkinson, says: “The progress we've made on developing the Humber as the UK's energy estuary has been nothing short of remarkable. With an increasing need to deal with decarbonisation and to mitigate the impacts of climate change, the Humber is now one of the cleanest energy producers around, which showcases on a global stage how you can decarbonise power production.
Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, adds: “It’s excellent news that the University of Hull’s bid has been shortlisted for this funding.
“The Humber is at the forefront of deploying clean energy technology. We want to ensure that our region plays a leading role in developing the new technology and skills that will spur the sector on. This will be an important priority in the industrial strategy we are developing for the region and this bid, if successful, will help the Humber to achieve it.”