HyNet, the North West’s hydrogen and carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCS) project, has received Government funding to map out the region’s journey to becoming the UK’s first net zero carbon industrial sector by 2040.

The £120,000 project is jointly funded by UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), under the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge Fund (IDCF), along with industry, and will help to set a clear map of how the North West will decarbonise and meet its net zero targets.

“HyNet is by far the UK’s most advanced hydrogen and carbon capture storage project which could see hydrogen piped into home and businesses as early as 2050,” said Professor Joe Howe, Chair of the NWHA and Executive Director at the University of Chester’s Thornton Energy Research Institute.

“It’s not just a concept anymore and this funding will help further develop the engineering required to deliver this ground-breaking project and could see the North West get millions more in Government funding.”

The cluster area includes Cheshire, parts of North East Wales, Warrington, Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester, which collectively generates approximately six million tonnes of carbon dioxide industrial emissions per year.