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Cumbria: plans for £40M hydrogen power hub unveiled

Plans for a £40 million hydrogen center that would provide companies with a substitute energy source have been made public.

It would be the first project of its kind in Cumbria and make hydrogen fuel easily accessible to businesses that use a lot of electricity.

Carlton Power, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, Barrow Borough Council, Cadent, and Electricity North West have formed a new public-private partnership to advance the project.

A memorandum of agreement between the parties states that Barrow’s 35MW commercial hydrogen hub will be built on property that is designated for the industry.

Over the next 20 to 30 years, hydrogen is anticipated to significantly contribute to the UK’s efforts to achieve net zero CO2 emissions.

Under the initiative, which is pending planning and funding, large-scale sustainable hydrogen fuel production will take place, giving businesses in Cumbria the chance to develop hydrogen-based net zero plans.

By producing and storing hydrogen at periods when demand is low but renewable output is high, the plant will help the expansion of renewable power generation.

Carlton Power stated that it hoped the hub would be operational by 2025 and that it expected to ask the government for financial backing for the project.

It stated that eight full-time operational positions were anticipated. As many as 200 jobs might be produced throughout the 18 to 24 months of construction.

“We’re happy to be collaborating with important regional partners to push forward this green hydrogen facility, which will boost Cumbria’s decarbonization efforts,” said Eric Adams, hydrogen projects director at Carlton Power. It backs Cumbria’s Clean Energy Strategy.

In order to encourage local businesses to invest in their infrastructure and enable a decrease in the carbon emissions connected with their activities, it is crucial that initiatives like these are taken forward.

The partnership has the capabilities and ideas to create the low carbon hydrogen production and storage plant. It also has competence in industrial strategy and the development of energy infrastructure. The green hydrogen generated is first anticipated to be utilized for industrial operations, with potential for future usage in car refueling and home heating.

According to the consortium, Carlton Power will partner with Barrow Borough Council and Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership to determine and maximize the project’s potential economic and environmental benefits for Barrow and the surrounding area. Electricity North West will offer helpful information about the region’s current power networks.

The gas distribution business Cadent contributes knowledge to the Carlton Power collaboration since it is already moving forward with plans to move from delivering methane, a fossil fuel, to low-carbon hydrogen. By the middle of the 2020s, Cadent—which oversees thousands of miles of underground pipes in this region of Cumbria—expects North West England to be the first region to achieve so in a significant way.

A number of companies in Barrow and other parts of Cumbria that potentially utilize hydrogen in their processes are in negotiations with Carlton Power, according to that company.


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