A consortium based in the South West of the UK has been launched with pilot projects to develop a port-based hydrogen hub, and prepare the region for hydrogen-powered aviation.
Airbus, easyJet, Bristol Port, and Bristol Airport, are set to collaborate with Hynamics (EDF), GKN Aerospace, Costain, Wood, and Wales and West Utilities to create a hydrogen infrastructure ecosystem in the region.
A study is already underway to explore configuring Bristol Port to accept hydrogen or ammonia and establishing hydrogen production capacity on site. The project will also look to develop a pipeline network to support Airbus’ future hydrogen-powered aircraft.
Bristol Airport will also receive hydrogen focus, with the so-called Project Acorn hoping to allow easyJet to continue research and development of hydrogen-powered ground support equipment at the airport.
More broadly, the consortium says it hopes to create links between supply and demand centres in the region, enabling cross-sector partnership that will drive the development of hydrogen infrastructure and technology.
Simon Earles, Chair of Hydrogen South West, said, “The South West has a rich engineering and energy history, and is home to a powerful cluster of leasing aerospace, transport, and logistics businesses.
“This combination of industrial experience, delivery expertise, and regional knowledges presents a formidable opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to alternative power at scale.”
The regional focused consortium comes to support the UK Government’s ambition to generate 10GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030, which was announced in April 2022.
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