East Coast Hydrogen
Hydrogen was outlined as a breakthrough technology at COP26 and it’s imperative that we make progress from trials and step in to delivering hydrogen at scale for industry business, and homes. East Coast Hydrogen is an ambitious 15-year programme which would see up to 39,000 businesses and over 4 million homes converted to hydrogen across the Northern Powerhouse.
With the announcement of East Coast Cluster and HyNet as Track 1 clusters in the mid-2020s, East Coast Hydrogen provides a solution to connect these industrial clusters with other supply points, such as the East Midlands Hydrogen Innovation Zone, and export hydrogen production across the North of England – enabling the seamless conversion of businesses and homes to 100% hydrogen where it is best deployed.
This collaborative programme between Northern Gas Networks, Cadent Gas and National Grid represents an opportunity for the Government and the private sector to work together in delivering on our ambitious decarbonisation targets. East Coast Hydrogen has the potential to connect over 7GW of hydrogen production by 2030, alone exceeding the UK Government’s 5GW by 2030 target in a single region.
East Coast Hydrogen can utilise the natural assets of the North of England, including existing and potential hydrogen storage facilities, and build on the hydrogen production in two of the UK’s largest industrial clusters in the North East and North West and in turn ensure significant private sector investment in the UK’s industrial heartlands.