The UK Government has so far focussed on creating hydrogen ecosystems in the North West and the Humber. These major clusters of heavy industry have much to be gained from the use of the fuel, combining it with projects to capture carbon to create a new low-carbon economy. While important, the opportunity for hydrogen goes far beyond heavy industry. There are other areas with lighter industry, but heavy opportunities.
The South West has a different economy to the areas covered by the Hynet and East Coast Cluster hydrogen projects. Virtually free of heavy industry, it hosts the world’s leading aerospace cluster outside of the US and the UK’s most productive tech cluster. Bristol is the only major English city outside London that can boast above average productivity rates.
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