North West hydrogen cluster could ‘boost regional economy by £1.6bn’


The creation of a North West hydrogen (H2) cluster in England could boost the regional economy by £1.6bn ($2.1bn), create over 2,300 peak jobs, reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and help improve the region’s air quality, according to a new report commissioned by Peel.

The report outlines how delivery of a H2 network between Greater Manchester and Liverpool could significantly de-carbonise the region’s energy, usher in a new era of H2-fuelled vehicles and cut CO2 emissions by 10 million tonnes per year by 2050. It could also improve air quality by reducing particulate matter and nitrogen oxides in the atmosphere, produced by the region’s road vehicles.

As one of the North’s leading land and property companies, Peel is collaborating with other firms in progression of the exemplar project – with the company’s Protos energy destination near Ellesmere Port a potential central hub for the cluster. It comes shortly after the launch of the UK’s first Energy Innovation District in the North West, an area promoted by the Cheshire Energy Hub to stimulate future energy technology.

Release of the report follows details of a conceptual study by Cadent, the gas distribution network operator in the North West, to deliver a major H2 infrastructure project called the ‘Liverpool-Manchester Hydrogen Cluster’.

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