Tees Valley in the North of England is set to become home to the UK’s first-ever hydrogen transport hub – and it could be operational by 2025.
The UK Government today (17th March) unveiled a £3m “masterplan” in which pop-up trails could see shops, supermarkets, online retailers, warehouse operators and delivery companies using hydrogen-powered transport to move goods and carry out last-mile deliveries.
The plans could also see local transport operators working with the transport research and development (R&D) sector to deliver emission-free hydrogen passenger services, such as on-demand regional buses or zero-emission refuse vehicles.
The Department for Transport’s masterplan sets out a vision for the hub and a blueprint of the infrastructure required to deliver that vision.
The facilities within the hub also include an R&D campus for the creation and sharing of knowledge.
This will enable the hydrogen transport hub to act as a living lab to understand the role of hydrogen as part of the energy transition in the transport sector.
“By harnessing the power of hydrogen technology, we have the opportunity to bring long-term prosperity right across the country,” said Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.
“The hub will establish the UK as a global leader in hydrogen technology, paving the way for its use across all transport modes and propelling us towards our net-zero goals.”
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said the region already produces more than 50% of the UK’s hydrogen.
“So it was a no-brainer for the government to set up the UK’s first hydrogen transport hub in Teesside so we can lead the way in developing the technology and fully unleash our area’s potential as we build back greener,” Houchen added.