An agreement has been secured with the government to bring the UK’s first Hydrogen Transport Centre to Teesside. The new facility is expected to create hundreds of clean energy jobs.
The National Hydrogen Transport Centre will result in the research, development and testing of new hydrogen technologies, including for cars, buses, trains, lorries, boats and planes.
The new hub will sit alongside the new Tees Valley Net Zero Innovation Centre, established by Mayor Houchen with £14m in funding.
It will be built next to TWI in Middlesbrough in partnership with Teesside University to form a new innovation campus focused on clean energy research and development.
Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen said:
“Hydrogen is playing a massive part in our future plans. We already produce more than 50 per cent of the UK’s hydrogen, so by becoming the home of the National Hydrogen Transport Centre, we can properly utilise this and fully unleash our area’s potential.
“I’ve always said that if the government wants to prove to the people of Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool that it is serious about its levelling up agenda, then bringing the National Hydrogen Transport Centre to our region would be a no-brainer.
“Teesside has led the world in steel manufacturing and engineering for generations. Now we can become a trail blazer in the industries of the future.”
Professor Simon Hodgson, Teesside University’s pro vice-chancellor (Research and Innovation), added:
“Finding new ways to produce clean energy is integral to ensuring a sustainable future for the planet and a key focus of our university’s research.
“This announcement puts Middlesbrough and the Tees Valley at the forefront of the UK’s hydrogen economy and we are delighted to be able to bring our research and expertise to bear in helping provide an innovative solution to the climate emergency.”