World's leading electric vehicle manufacturer commits to Hull's £200m energy park plan
An image of the proposed Yorkshire Energy Park
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 6 Aug 2018
The world's largest manufacturer of electric vehicles and lithium batteries could play a key role in a new £200m business park on the edge of Hull.
Chinese firm BYD has committed to making the proposed Yorkshire Energy Park its home, subject to the development earmarked on the site of the former Hedon aerodrome securing planing approval.
More than 1,000 new jobs could be created at the park, according to the consortium behind it.
If given the go-ahead, BYD will design and deliver battery storage to provide power for other new businesses based at the park.
The company also intends to collaborate with a new energy and digital technology college at the site through a student exchange programme with several higher education institutes in the Shenzhen region of China.
Operating in more than 50 countries, BYD is one of China's largest privately-owned enterprises.
In the UK it's probably best known as of one of Arsenal football club's main sponsors.
Jerome Qi, sales director at BYD Europe, said: "The Yorkshire Energy Park is the first of its kind and we haven’t seen anything similar in the UK.
"It’s a very exciting project and is interesting enough for the future of our industry for us to be part of it.
"I know Hull and the evolution the city and the Humber region has gone through industrially, as well as from a business point of view.
"I have seen that push from local government and business, and it is one of the few places that has managed to deliver and transform the region.
"In terms of what BYD will bring to the region, being part of the Yorkshire Energy Park will promote a very strong message that a major global company has chosen this area of Yorkshire to invest in.
"Taking into account this very fast-growing market, BYD wants to support with its products and technology.
"It will bring skills to the region to allow it to become a reference point for this sector in the UK."
The business park has already been backed by household names including E.ON, Vodafone and Legal & General.
Along with BYD, data centre firm Asanti Datacentres Ltd has also now confirmed its commitment to the business park.
It has committed to designing, fitting out and managing a secure data centre with disaster recovery space, which protects data in the event of emergencies.
Asanti's founder and managing director Stewart Laing, said: "We are very excited by the scale of the opportunity the Yorkshire Energy Park presents and we are already talking to investors.
"Our aim is to bring up to 30 high quality jobs, ranging from IT technology specialists to data managers, to the Humber.
"We will develop local expertise and provide a world class data centre facility within the park, partnering with other local companies to provide additional services to their customers."
Energy park chairman Chris Turner said: "We are delighted that BYD and Asanti are committing to the Yorkshire Energy Park project.
"Today’s confirmation of their collaboration in the project, both commercially and in the proposed new academic and vocational training campus, is to be welcomed locally, regionally and nationally.
"Their commitment is a major positive step and reinforces their support towards the significant inward investment the energy park will bring to the region."
Subject to planning approval, the park will provide on and off-site energy generation, a new primary sub-station, an education campus and business units for light industry, storage and distribition as well as energy and data firms.
Existing sports facilities at the site will be relocated and enhanced as part of the development.
East Riding Council's planning committee is expected to decide on the scheme at a meeting in September.