The University of Hull is today (July 17) pulling some of the region’s biggest companies together in a bid to kick start a new hydrogen economy for the Humber and dramatically cut the carbon produced by our biggest industries.
It comes as the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hydrogen, Anna Turley MP, calls on the region to act fast and help the UK “realise our ambitions of a hydrogen powered future.”
The University’s Aura initiative, which is a collaboration between industry and academia to drive the zero carbon agenda, is leading the new Humber Hydrogen Economy Programme which aims to develop a range of key collaborative projects that can create investment and jobs around this emerging low carbon energy source. The Programme will contribute to strengthening the Humber in environmental, wellbeing and economic terms.
The event, at the Ergo Centre in Bridgehead Business Park, is attracting key players from across the region, including for example British Steel, Centrica SL, VPI Immingham, PX International, Groupe Atlantic, BP Chemicals, Ørsted, Energiekontor, as well as ENGIE, Northern Gas Networks, Equinor, ABP Humber, the Humber LEP, Catch, regional SMEs and local authorities.
Participants are coming together for a series of workshops that will narrow down the key opportunities for the region around hydrogen. The hope is that by using hydrogen, our key industries can switch to a clean energy source and slash their carbon emissions.
Anna Turley MP says about the important gathering: “Addressing how we heat people’s homes in the future is key to meeting our net zero climate target. I believe in the potential of hydrogen as a green fuel to meet that goal and am pleased to be helping to promote the technology in Parliament.