New hydrogen business network for East Anglia, UK

New hydrogen business network for East Anglia, UK

A new business-led network will be launched next week to promote the role of East Anglia as a UK hydrogen cluster, building on the region’s existing strengths in offshore wind, gas landing and distribution and nuclear power.

Hydrogen East will officially be launched in a webinar on 28th July, which will see the new group set out its vision for hydrogen in the region, supported by leading businesses in the sector including Arup, Opergy, New Anglia Energy, EDF Energy and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.

Nigel Cornwall, a founding member of Hydrogen East, said “We are committed to raising awareness of existing and potential hydrogen opportunities across East Anglia and to promote the technology and support local projects, communities and supply chains.”

“Building on East Anglia’s leading positions in natural gas through the Bacton terminal, we have more than half of the UK’s offshore wind capacity off our coast, and existing and planned nuclear power stations.”

“We have an amazing opportunity to utilise our expertise and assets to create a leading hydrogen cluster based around a vigorous local market.”

Johnathan Reynolds, Managing Director of Opergy, also a founding member of Hydrogen East, added, “Today, East Anglia is already a rich and diverse ‘energy powerhouse’, and with almost all forms of power generation either on or immediately off its coastline.”

“We have a wide range of innovative businesses pushing the boundaries of research and demonstration projects in hydrogen, energy storage, capturing, storing and using CO2, and novel clean energy solutions.”

“Working in partnership with a wide range of partners, Hydrogen East will identify options, map and promote them and deliver a viable route map that sees East Anglia as a leading ‘hydrogen region’.”

Ahead of its formal launch, Hydrogen East recently wrote to Chancellor Rishi Sunak pressing for a UK hydrogen strategy working with Renewable UK, the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, and the British Hydro Association.

Hydrogen East is also supported by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, hydrogen-powered construction supplier TCP group, and award-winning hydrogen electrolyser technology company Clean Power Hydrogen Group.

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