The North West

The North West

Hydrogen in
The North West

The North West of England is poised to be one of the primary regions for the development of a decarbonised, hydrogen-based energy market for the UK. It already features all the necessary components to develop a hydrogen economy – thriving industry, an existing skilled workforce, city regions that collaborate, as well as natural and industrial assets.

A leading energy powerhouse – made up of Manchester, Liverpool, Warrington, Chester, Lancashire and Cumbria – provides a compelling destination for future investment.

Energy Centre - Royal Liverpool University Hospital
Pirelli Tyres - Carlisle
Marley Eternit Ltd
Billerudkorsnas Beetham Ltd
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Preston Board and Packaging
CPUK Staverton
Port Sunlight Factory
Ibstock Brick Ltd Ravenhead Factory
Northwood Tissue (Disley) Limited
Sofidel UK Lancaster
The Aspatria Creamery
Energy Centre - Lanxess Solutions Ltd
University Hospital Aintree
North Manchester General Hospital
Royal Blackburn
Royal Bolton Hospital
Salford Royal Hospital
Whiston Hospital
Kendal Nutricare Ltd
Diageo Runcorn Packaging
NP. Lancaster Tissue
Vernacare
Simpson Clough Paper Mill
Chirnside Limited
Media City Trigen Energy Centre
Stanlow Manufacturing Complex
Ince Fertilizer Works
Tunstead Cement
Ribblesdale Works
Padeswood Works
Winnington Sodium Carbonate Manufacturing Site
Tunstead Lime
North & South Morecambe, Rivers
Encirc Glass
Hindlow Lime
Partington Papermill
Lhoist UK Limited - Hindlow
Port of Liverpool CHP plant
Cargill - Trafford Park
Kronospan Ltd
Lostock Soda Ash Manufacture
Pilkingtons UK Ltd Greengate Site
Blackburn Mill CHP
Wigton Boiler Plant
British Salt Ltd. Middlewich Site
Tata Steel Colors - Shotton
Point of Ayr Terminal
Barrow Mill
Macclesfield
Novelis Latchford
Solvay Interox Limited
Speke CHP Plant
PQ Silicas Boilerplant
Eastham Refinery Ltd
Iggesund Paperboard (Workington) Ltd
Kirkby Thore Gypsum Works
Springfields Works
James Cropper PLC
Halewood
H.J. Heinz – Kitt Green
Airbus UK Limited - Broughton
Knauf Insulation Queensferry
PUKL Watson Street
ULEC Ashton Street Energy Centre
Ravenhead Insulation Works
Essity Operations Manchester Mill
Prinovis Liverpool Ltd.
Sandbach Power Station
Electric Glass Fiber UK Ltd
Sofidel UK Limited
SCA Hygiene Products UK Ltd - Oakenholt Paper Mill
CPUK Bromborough
Essity UK Limited - Tawd Mill
Stubbins Mill
The University of Manchester
Accrington
Basell Polyolefins UK Ltd - Carrington
Warwick International Limited
Vauxhall Motors, Ellesmere Port
ELYO CHP Plant at Kellogg
Denton Brickworks
Nexperia Hazel Grove
Bentley - Crewe
UPM-Kymmene (UK) Ltd
Kellogg Company - Wrexham
Claughton
Ulverston site
Runcorn Halochemicals Manufacturing
Samlesbury Brewery
Royal Brewery, Manchester
Flint Site
PVC 9
Kellogg Company - Manchester
Ellesmere Port Innospec Ltd.
Runcorn Halochemicals Manufacturing Installation
Saint-Gobain Isover UK
Alderley Park
Thornton Cleveleys
BAE Systems - Barrow
Winnington Soda Bicarbonate Manufacture
Mold Chemicals (Alyn Works)
BYK Additives Limited
Manchester Airport
Secanim Widnes
Carnforth Compressor Station
Carrington Peel Power Station
Agecroft Asphalt
Cheshire Brickmakers Ltd
Seqirus Vaccines
Croda Europe - Ditton
Weston Point CHP Station
BBC North MediaCityUK
Preston New Road
Huntington Water Treatment Works
Warrington Compressor Station
Perstorp UK
MA3 Joule House
Shell Green
PROTOS
Alderley Park
Furness Business Park
Knowsley Industrial Park
Lancashire Business Park
Manchester Science Park
Rocksavage International
Wirral Waters
Sealand Retail / Commercial
Whitehaven
Trafford Business Park
St Helens Industry
BOC St. Helens, Liverpool*

Capacity: >500 kg/day
Project Vanguard, Northwich

Capacity: 200 kg/day
BOC St. Helens, Liverpool*

Type: Reformed Hydrogen

Capacity: TBC
HyNet, Stanlow Refinery, Ince*

Type: Reformed Hydrogen

Capacity: 200-600 tonnes/day
Project Vanguard, Northwich*

Type: Electrolytic Hydrogen

Capacity: 0.2 tonnes/day
Inovyn, Runcorn

Type: Electrolytic Hydrogen

Capacity: > 7 tonnes/day
PROTOS, Ince*

Type: Hydrogen from recycled fuels

Capacity: 2 tonnes/day
HyNet, Holford Brinefield*

Type: Salt Caverns

>1850 tonnes/cavern
MMU Fuel Cell Innovation Centre
Thornton Science Park
Lancaster Hydrogen Hub

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Industry

Industry

Business Parks

Business Parks

Refuelling Stations

Refuelling Stations

Hydrogen Production

Hydrogen Production

Hydrogen Storage

Hydrogen Storage

Innovation and Knowledge Transfer Hubs

Innovation and Knowledge Transfer Hubs

Energy Centre - Royal Liverpool University Hospital
Pirelli Tyres - Carlisle
Marley Eternit Ltd
Billerudkorsnas Beetham Ltd
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Preston Board and Packaging
CPUK Staverton
Port Sunlight Factory
Ibstock Brick Ltd Ravenhead Factory
Northwood Tissue (Disley) Limited
Sofidel UK Lancaster
The Aspatria Creamery
Energy Centre - Lanxess Solutions Ltd
University Hospital Aintree
North Manchester General Hospital
Royal Blackburn
Royal Bolton Hospital
Salford Royal Hospital
Whiston Hospital
Kendal Nutricare Ltd
Diageo Runcorn Packaging
NP. Lancaster Tissue
Vernacare
Simpson Clough Paper Mill
Chirnside Limited
Media City Trigen Energy Centre
Stanlow Manufacturing Complex
Ince Fertilizer Works
Tunstead Cement
Ribblesdale Works
Padeswood Works
Winnington Sodium Carbonate Manufacturing Site
Tunstead Lime
North & South Morecambe, Rivers
Encirc Glass
Hindlow Lime
Partington Papermill
Lhoist UK Limited - Hindlow
Port of Liverpool CHP plant
Cargill - Trafford Park
Kronospan Ltd
Lostock Soda Ash Manufacture
Pilkingtons UK Ltd Greengate Site
Blackburn Mill CHP
Wigton Boiler Plant
British Salt Ltd. Middlewich Site
Tata Steel Colors - Shotton
Point of Ayr Terminal
Barrow Mill
Macclesfield
Novelis Latchford
Solvay Interox Limited
Speke CHP Plant
PQ Silicas Boilerplant
Eastham Refinery Ltd
Iggesund Paperboard (Workington) Ltd
Kirkby Thore Gypsum Works
Springfields Works
James Cropper PLC
Halewood
H.J. Heinz – Kitt Green
Airbus UK Limited - Broughton
Knauf Insulation Queensferry
PUKL Watson Street
ULEC Ashton Street Energy Centre
Ravenhead Insulation Works
Essity Operations Manchester Mill
Prinovis Liverpool Ltd.
Sandbach Power Station
Electric Glass Fiber UK Ltd
Sofidel UK Limited
SCA Hygiene Products UK Ltd - Oakenholt Paper Mill
CPUK Bromborough
Essity UK Limited - Tawd Mill
Stubbins Mill
The University of Manchester
Accrington
Basell Polyolefins UK Ltd - Carrington
Warwick International Limited
Vauxhall Motors, Ellesmere Port
ELYO CHP Plant at Kellogg
Denton Brickworks
Nexperia Hazel Grove
Bentley - Crewe
UPM-Kymmene (UK) Ltd
Kellogg Company - Wrexham
Claughton
Ulverston site
Runcorn Halochemicals Manufacturing
Samlesbury Brewery
Royal Brewery, Manchester
Flint Site
PVC 9
Kellogg Company - Manchester
Ellesmere Port Innospec Ltd.
Runcorn Halochemicals Manufacturing Installation
Saint-Gobain Isover UK
Alderley Park
Thornton Cleveleys
BAE Systems - Barrow
Winnington Soda Bicarbonate Manufacture
Mold Chemicals (Alyn Works)
BYK Additives Limited
Manchester Airport
Secanim Widnes
Carnforth Compressor Station
Carrington Peel Power Station
Agecroft Asphalt
Cheshire Brickmakers Ltd
Seqirus Vaccines
Croda Europe - Ditton
Weston Point CHP Station
BBC North MediaCityUK
Preston New Road
Huntington Water Treatment Works
Warrington Compressor Station
Perstorp UK
MA3 Joule House
Shell Green
PROTOS
Alderley Park
Furness Business Park
Knowsley Industrial Park
Lancashire Business Park
Manchester Science Park
Rocksavage International
Wirral Waters
Sealand Retail / Commercial
Whitehaven
Trafford Business Park
St Helens Industry
BOC St. Helens, Liverpool*

Capacity: >500 kg/day
Project Vanguard, Northwich

Capacity: 200 kg/day
BOC St. Helens, Liverpool*

Type: Reformed Hydrogen

Capacity: TBC
HyNet, Stanlow Refinery, Ince*

Type: Reformed Hydrogen

Capacity: 200-600 tonnes/day
Project Vanguard, Northwich*

Type: Electrolytic Hydrogen

Capacity: 0.2 tonnes/day
Inovyn, Runcorn

Type: Electrolytic Hydrogen

Capacity: > 7 tonnes/day
PROTOS, Ince*

Type: Hydrogen from recycled fuels

Capacity: 2 tonnes/day
HyNet, Holford Brinefield*

Type: Salt Caverns

>1850 tonnes/cavern
MMU Fuel Cell Innovation Centre
Thornton Science Park
Lancaster Hydrogen Hub
The North West

Net Zero North West

The North West is rising to the challenge of becoming the UK’s first low carbon industrial cluster by 2030. Driven by industry, Net Zero North West is driving investment into the net zero economy and post COVID-19 green recovery. By supporting and safeguarding existing jobs, creating at least 33,000 new jobs and attracting over £4 billion investment, Net Zero North West will be a catalyst for economic growth.

The NWHA is the hydrogen partner of Net Zero North West. A key part of the North West’s decarbonisation approach is the work taking place to develop a hydrogen network in the region through HyNet.

For more information visit www.netzeronw.co.uk.

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Hydrogen Projects

Our region is the birthplace of the industrial revolution, historically delivering UK and global firsts in technology. Today, a whole range of projects and initiatives are ensuring the North West is at the forefront of hydrogen development and delivery.

HyNet

HyNet is the most advanced hydrogen and carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) project in the UK. It is a low cost, deliverable project which meets the major challenges of reducing carbon emissions from industry, domestic heat and transport. HyNet is led by Progressive Energy with a range of partners along the hydrogen production, distribution and storage and CCUS chain.

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Centurion

Centurion is a “power to gas” large scale (100MW) demonstration project to capture under-utilized green electricity, convert to hydrogen, store the hydrogen in a repurposed (gas storage) salt cavern and then export the hydrogen to the gas grid when required. The system can make a significant contribution to the decarbonisation of the electricity and gas grids and by coupling the two, it can provide useful energy storage, reducing renewable curtailment and constraints. Partners include: INOVYN, ITM Power, Storengy, Cadent and Element Energy.

Powerhouse Energy

Pioneering waste plastic to hydrogen technology with the first UK facility planned for Protos in Cheshire.

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MMU Fuel Cell Innovation Centre

The Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation is a landmark £4.1m technology and innovation centre based in the Faculty of Science & Engineering at Manchester Metropolitan University. It is also leading the HySchool project that delivers hydrogen education in schools.

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HyDeploy

An energy trial to establish the potential for blending hydrogen up to 20% into the normal gas supply to reduce carbon emissions. The trial is hosted at Keele University and funded by Cadent, Northern Gas Networks, Health and Safety Laboratory and ITM Power. Further trails are planned for the North East and North West.

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ULEMCo

ULEMCo in Aintree has converted a range of vehicles (including trucks, refuse vehicles and ferries) to hydrogen or dual-fuel hydrogen/diesel, which allows fleet managers to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions to ultra-low levels.

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Breeze Train

Alstom in Widnes is ready to deploy its new Breeze trains and is working with Northern Rail to identify routes that are suitable for conversion to hydrogen. It is the first company to introduce a regional train based on hydrogen fuel cells and batteries in the UK.

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Improving air quality by bringing hydrogen buses to Liverpool

INOVYN, Costain and Element Energy are doing a collaborative feasibility study to shape an engineering solution to bring hydrogen buses to the streets of Liverpool to help improve air quality and meet UK emissions targets. The scheme aims to process hydrogen already being produced by INOVYN at the Runcorn Site and to deliver it in line with fuel grade specifications.  Costain has a heritage of engineering hydrogen processing projects and work on this scheme continues the drive to influence the future energy landscape by developing solutions to support decarbonisation.

HySecure

HySecure is a bespoke solution mined hydrogen storage salt cavern, capable of storing 50GWh of energy (1100 tonnes of hydrogen working gas volume). The cavern can be used to demonstrate flexible hydrogen storage to de-risk future large scale hydrogen storage facilities. Equally the cavern can provide back-up hydrogen supply services to other hydrogen projects in the North West region increasing the overall resilience of the nascent hydrogen supply industry.

Project Vanguard

Storengy UK in partnership with Cheshire East Council will be building a green hydrogen refuelling station in Middlewich, Cheshire. The facility will produce hydrogen in the greenest way possible – using an electrolyser connected to solar panels. This will provide safe, clean hydrogen fuel, which will be pumped into dual-fuel bin trucks used by the council and a Storengy works vehicle. The project will see a reduction of diesel usage by more than 10,000 litres per year, reducing CO2 emissions and improving local air quality benefits.

A Regional Economy

Hydrogen could be a lynchpin for growth, boosting the North West’s economy and becoming a magnet for inward investment. Studies show the development of a major hydrogen cluster could deliver £17 billion in Gross Value Added for the North West, creating nearly 6000 jobs.

By positioning the North West as UK leader, the region will unlock significant investment in the development, design and engineering of hydrogen infrastructure.

More details available here

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Research and Academia

Esteemed universities and a wealth of innovative research companies mean the region is delivering world first hydrogen technologies.

With academia working side by side with industry, the North West’s institutions can equip the next generation of skilled workers to support the hydrogen economy. Studies have shown that over £7bn could be invested in low carbon skills in the North West by 2050.

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Natural and Industrial Assets

A developed landscape of natural and industrial assets makes the North West ideally suited to deliver a large-scale hydrogen economy on a low cost, low risk basis.

Key infrastructure such as the Manchester Ship Canal and the Port of Liverpool offer gateways to hydrogen transportation. These facilities give nearby petrochemical facilities a strategic advantage in the development of carbon utilisation technologies; producing cleaner fuels, polymers and other materials; reducing the amount of CO2 sent for storage.

Geologically, Cheshire is one of the few places in the UK where underground gas storage in salt caverns has been delivered, paving the way for potential hydrogen storage. Offshore facilities in the East Irish Sea can also store CO2 produced from hydrogen reforming.

Across the region, operational hydrogen production facilities are primed to deliver; and existing pipelines are ready for repurposing.

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Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage

Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) is essential technology to help the UK in its fight against climate change. It prevents carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere by capturing it, compressing it and transporting it for safe, permanent storage at carefully selected sites, such as depleted oil and gas reservoirs. CCUS can capture up to 90% of the CO2 emissions produced from industrial processes which use natural gas, such as fertiliser production. As the technology matures, options for the re-use of the CO2 will be available. CCUS is vital for decarbonising: industrial heat and processes; low carbon transport fuels; intermittent and base load power generation; and hydrogen as a low carbon energy vector.

The Committee on Climate Change has recommended that the first CCUS cluster in the UK is operational by 2026 with large scale storage available by 2035. The North West has a cluster of energy intensive industrial gas users around the Ellesmere Port area. Establishing CCUS in industrial areas such as this one maximises potential cost savings and supports the use of the technology across different sectors (e.g. heat and power).

HyNet North West sets out a low cost, practical and timely option for the UK’s first CCUS deployment. Deliverable by 2026, the CO2 will be stored in the Liverpool Bay oil and gas fields owned by Eni. This project is well underway, with the Oil and Gas Authority awarding Eni its carbon dioxide appraisal and storage license in October 2020. The Liverpool Bay site has an estimated CO2 storage capacity of 130 million tonnes. As gas extraction ceases there is the potential to reuse the oil and gas fields to store CO2 which would also avoid or postpone substantial decommissioning costs, payable by Government and industry. A 2016 study by the Energy Technologies Institute cited Hamilton Field at Liverpool Bay as the lowest cost scale UK CCS option (>100Mte.), on the basis of the overall project life cycle cost. There are other nearby opportunities for extension at Morecambe Bay, and the infrastructure could be used by other industry, power generators and in the production of low carbon transport fuels. Read the study here.

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Interested in joining?

Whether you’re an academic wanting to share your research or a business keen to support the use of hydrogen in the region, we want to hear from you. Get in touch to see how you could get involved.







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