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North East Hydrogen Spotlight Event

North East Hydrogen Spotlight Event

On January 12th 2023, Industry, academia, and our utilities were united in Sunderland to explore current and future opportunities across the North East Green Hydrogen sector.  Our spotlight session led by the North East Energy Catalyst with support from Newcastle University and Lhyfe UK Ltd was both interactive and informative providing a great  platform to network and pose questions to industry experts.

David Lynch, Energy Innovation Partnership Manager at North East LEP said, “ It is important we understand and unlock the potential Green Hydrogen has for our future energy mix.  Bringing sector leaders together helps improve understanding and shines a light on different perspectives, I look forward to facilitating this session with colleagues and partners and I encourage you to join us!”  

Colin Brown, UK and Ireland country manager of Lhyfe, said:

“As a world leader in green hydrogen, who’s UK home is the North East of England, Lhyfe is delighted to be supporting the North East Energy Catalyst’s spotlight on green hydrogen.

“Renewable green hydrogen production offers significant decarbonisation options for a range of stakeholders, and the North East is the perfect place to deploy this type of project. “I firmly believe creating a regional green hydrogen eco-system should allow everyone to benefit, in a way that is open to all whilst ensuring regional economies of scale.

“By bringing local stakeholders from the public sector, academia, industry and transport together we can create something really special for the region’s future.”

Keith Owen, Head of Systems Development and Energy strategy at Northern Gas Networks said: ‘The North is ideally positioned to be at the forefront of emerging hydrogen and low  carbon technologies and events like this hosted by the North East energy Catalyst play a leading role in making this a reality.

I look forward to showcasing our HyDeploy project, based at our InTEGReL facility at Low Thornley, and discussing how NGN has brought the fist blended gas delivered to a community in Winlaton.  In addition, I’ll be updating delegates on the InTEGReL site where we’ve built the UK’s first hydrogen house, which is being used to demonstrate hydrogen fed appliances.  Ill also talk about our innovative Customer Energy Village set to open in 2023. Our village will showcase the very latest hydrogen and other low carbon technologies, to demonstrate that a rapid hydrogen transition is possible’.    

We heard from:

  • Prof Sara Walker – Director of Hydrogen Integration for Accelerated Energy Transitions (HI-ACT) – Newcastle University
  • Will Garrett – Managing Director - Union Electric Steel Ltd
  • Keith Owen – Head of Systems Development and Energy Strategy – Northern Gas Networks
  • Paul Rowe – Technical Director – Wessington Cryogenics Ltd