Plans to transform Teesside into a Hydrogen Transport Hub have been unveiled by the UK Government.
In order to pursue the ambitious goal, the Department for Transport (DfT) has commissioned a masterplan to understand the feasibility of the hub and how it can accelerate the UK’s ambitions in hydrogen.
Expected to be published in January, the masterplan will pave the way for exploring how green hydrogen could power buses, heavy goods vehicles, rail, maritime and aviation transport.
The new centre will be built next to the TWI Technology Centre in Middlesbrough. Tees Valley Mayor Ven Houchen and Government Transport Minister Rachel Maclean yesterday visited the centre to announce the plans.
Mayor Houchen and the Minister toured the site to learn more about the work done at TWI and discussed plans for the new centre, which is expected to be operational within 18 months.
The Hydrogen Transport Centre will sit alongside plans to build the world’s biggest hydrogen refuelling station in the region.
“It was great to be able to welcome the Minister to Teesside today to announce the new National Hydrogen Transport will be built in our region,” Mayor Houchen said.
“In just 18 months, Teesside will become a national centre of excellence for hydrogen, researching and developing all the latest hydrogen technology for cars, trains, buses, lorries, boats and planes, showing once again we are at the forefront of UK clean growth and investment.
“As we continue to build on our greenprint for the future post-Covid19 we know that to really harness the power of transport to improve our country – and to set a global gold standard – we must truly embed change,” Minister Maclean said.
“That’s why I’m delighted that we’re blazing a trail once again with Tees Valley becoming the UK’s first hydrogen transport hub, pioneering the drive forward to develop the more sustainable, greener forms of transport hydrogen will bring.”