CASE STUDY: FEASiBiLiTY STUDY iNTO HYDROGEN AS ENERGY SOURCE
The Humber is already established as the lead in the UK for offshore wind. To develop the region into the UK’s energy hub, further research and evidence is needed into the application of other energy sources. A number of studies have already been conducted, however the depth of evidence into a specific energy source is lacking.
Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) commissioned the iNNiTi effect to conduct a study into hydrogen as a viable energy source for the Humber region. This study was undertaken in conjunction with an MBA study group at the University of Hull.
WHAT WE DiD
Through a mix of stakeholder interviews and desk research, we:
- Identified the technical capabilities and challenges of hydrogen production, storage, usage and innovation
- Identified regional capabilities to harness the potential identified above
- Analysed case studies of hydrogen application across the globe
- Critically assessed the position of the Humber to adopt the technology
- Defined recommendations for further research and possible application
We identified and evidenced the key strengths and weaknesses in developing the production and application of hydrogen in the area. Being a major source of renewable energy means the Humber region has plenty of scope to explore green hydrogen opportunities. The region also has significant natural and industrial resources that lend themselves to the capture and storage of hydrogen. Additionally, there’s significant investment in the area’s industry, transport links and housing that provides ample opportunity for application.
However, attracting and retaining the right talent remains a key challenge. The study reinforced that more needs to be done to address the skills gap to ensure they have the workforce in place to make change for the future.