Clean growth is important to the area particularly as the Humber is one of the highest emitters in the region. There are a number of major projects planned for the future that will enable the region to achieve these targets. Here is just taste of what's happening.
Orsted - East Coast Hub
Orsted has built the world’s largest offshore wind operations and maintenance centre at Grimsby employing 600 local people with six offshore wind farms directly managed from the East Coast Hub. Hornsea Two has joining the East Coast portfolio as the UK’s largest offshore wind farms in 2022. The sites contribute to the generation of clean electricity for 4.4 million homes across the UK. Hornsea 4 has been granted consent and they are expected to invest a further £8.6 billion over the next decade. Link to https://orsted.co.uk/
Zero Carbon Humber
Zero Carbon Humber (ZCH) partnership plans to capture carbon dioxide at scale from industry around the estuary via pipelines that transport the emissions to permanent storage in naturally occurring aquifers under the southern North Sea which could reduce the UK’s annual emissions by 15% and save industry around £27.5 billion in carbon taxes by 2040.
- The anchor project led by Equinor Hydrogen to Humber (H2H) Saltend, which will establish the world’s largest hydrogen production plant with carbon capture at px Group’s Saltend Chemicals Park
- Capture technology is already under development at Drax Power Station’s pioneering bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilots, which could be scaled up to create the world’s first carbon negative power station in the 2020s.
- SSE Thermal has over a decade of experience with carbon capture and storage projects and is now developing Keadby 3, which could become the UK’s first gas-fired power station with CCS by the mid-2020s.
Renewable Hydrogen - Gigastack
Led by a consortium comprised of ITM Power, Ørsted, Element Energy and Phillips 66 the Gigastack project will conduct a Front-End Engineering Design (‘FEED’) study on a 100MW electrolyser system, and further develop the manufacturing for ITM Power's next generation stack.
The Feed study will detail the actual design of a hydrogen production system connected to a wind farm and industrial off-taker using ITM Power’s next generation of electrolyser stack technology; renewable energy direct from Orsted’s Hornsea Two offshore wind farm; and with the resulting renewable hydrogen supplied to the Phillips 66 Humber Refinery. A key objective of the Gigastack project is to identify and highlight regulatory, commercial and technical challenges for real applications of industrial scale renewable hydrogen systems.
Hull 2030 Carbon Neutral Strategy
Hull City Council published its Hull 2030 Carbon Neutral Strategy setting out challenges and actions.
- Investing over £18m energy generation projects covering wind and solar energy as well as the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in the city.
- Undertaking District Heating study for the city centre
- H21 Project – looking at the use of hydrogen as a replacement for gas in domestic properties https://www.h21.green/