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Hopes grow for creation of 'hydrogen economy' on north Norfolk coast

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A new study is being launched to look at the potential for large scale production of hydrogen as a source of clean energy off the north Norfolk coast at Bacton as part of a drive to create a ‘sigificant regional hydrogen economy’. The study ‘Bacton Energy Hub: Exploring the potential for hydrogen from the Southern North Sea’ will provide a map of energy infrastructure in the area and look at how wind farms, gas platforms, subsea pipelines and cables could be used to support the production of hydrogen which could be injected into the national grid via the Bacton terminal. The government’s so-called green industrial revolution sees a role of hydrogen to cut carbon in heat and transport systems and the recent bid for a freeport around Felixstowe and Harwich envisages a significant hydrogen hub in the area. Over the past 18 months, hydrogen has developed rapidly as a versatile gas which could play a key role in the UK drive to meet its 2050 net zero target. Nigel Cornwall, co-founder of Hydrogen East - which is leading the study - and a director at New Anglia Energy, said: “Developing the options for a potential Bacton Energy Hub will help to facilitate and accelerate the transition towards net zero emissions. It is a key regional project, which could realise extensive potential benefits both in terms of supporting delivery of the local industrial strategy and the stated aim of enabling Norfolk and Suffolk to become the UK’s clean growth region. It will contribute to Hydrogen East’s driving objective of Norfolk and Suffolk becoming a significant regional hydrogen economy.” The study is being co-funded by OGTC, the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, New Anglia LEP, and North Norfolk DC with support from New Anglia Energy, Opergy, and Xodus Group.

Photo: Bacton Terminal on the north Norfolk Coast.

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