Plans have been approved for an existing gas network to be transformed into a hydrogen fuel site in South Bank in North Yorkshire.
A proposal by Northern Gas Networks (NGN) to lease an area of disused land, located between Ann Street and Harcourt Road has been approved.
Under the proposal, which is still subject to planning, the existing gas pipes on the site would be used to test a series of standard gas procedures using hydrogen.
Hydrogen contains no carbon, so when burnt only produces heat and water, making it a good potential for future fuel for domestic heating and cooking.
The proposal is part of the next phase of the H21 project, a major collaborative UK gas industry hydrogen programme led by NGN.
H21 launched in 2016, to demonstrate that existing UK gas networks can be converted to carry 100% hydrogen.
Mark Horsley, chief executive for Northern Gas Networks said: ‘Hydrogen can play a key role in the UK’s future energy mix as we move towards zero carbon emissions.
‘The H21 programme is demonstrating that the UK’s existing gas network can carry hydrogen, for use by homes and businesses. Teesside’s vast industrial heritage makes it a natural home for this project and we’re delighted that Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council have approved this first stage.
‘We now need to work with the South Bank community and its leaders, and the proposals will be subject to full public consultation before they can progress.’
Cllr Wayne Davies, cabinet member for Economic Development at Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council said: ‘Northern Gas Networks’ proposal could attract national and international interest in the hydrogen economy and the challenge to decarbonise heat. This very much aligns with the Council’s own carbon objectives.
‘NGN has reached the next stage of the process which will bring more detailed consultation with local residents and councillors before the submission of their planning application.’
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