New study into potential of hydrogen energy in the Humber

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 15 Mar 2019

A new study into hydrogen technology has paved the way for its potential as a future clean energy source in the Humber region.

Hydrogen is seen an energy source which holds great potential, as trials continue to take place across the country into its future use.

To ensure the region remains at the heart of any advancements in the technology, the Humber LEP commissioned industry expert INNiti and the University of Hull to conduct research into hydrogen’s potential.

Power produced can be used to power ‘zero-emissions’ vehicles and homes, and could one day form part of the Humber’s clean energy portfolio.

Richard Royal, energy programme manager at the Humber LEP, said: "Hydrogen is an exciting source of energy which potentially has many applications, including for heating and transport.

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“There's certainly opportunities for it to feature within the Humber's future energy mix, particularly linking up with other innovations such as combining with carbon capture, using former north sea gas reservoirs for storage, and utilising offshore wind energy which doesn't end up on the grid.

"Our understanding of the uses of hydrogen and the best ways to create, transport and store it are at a very early stage, but studies like this help to inform our future considerations."

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Hydrogen energy can be produced through a variety of methods, and has the potential to use renewable energy sources that would make significant strides in reducing carbon emissions.

It also has a range of applications from industry, through to fuel for ‘zero-emissions’ vehicles and homes.

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Alexandra Poole, director at the iNNiTi effect, said: “We were delighted to assist the LEP in developing its portfolio of evidence for investment in the Humber energy sector.

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“We were able to identify and evidence the key strengths and weaknesses in developing the production and application of hydrogen in the area.

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“As the UK’s largest trading estuary and enterprise zone, the Humber represents 16 per cent of the country’s seaborne trade and is a major source of renewable energy, offering the opportunity to explore green hydrogen.

“It also has significant natural and industrial resources that lend themselves to the capture and storage of hydrogen."

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