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Big update for Plymouth’s Hydrogen Energy Hub – The Government Investment into a Key Freeport Project Could bring Jobs to the City

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Big update for Plymouth’s hydrogen energy hub – The Government investment into a key freeport project could bring jobs to the city.

 

A Plymouth green energy project linked to the freeport has received a £20m investment from the Government. Renewable energy giant Carlton Power has received the cash for the Langage Green Hydrogen Hub.

 

The project is designed to play a key role in the development of the UK’s hydrogen economy. It will be based on the tax-break Langage site, part of the Plymouth and South Devon Freeport.

 

Carlton Power, which already owns Langage Energy Park, has received the funding from the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) as part of Round One of the Government’s Hydrogen Allocation Round (HAR1). It will enable Carlton Power to move forward with the construction of the hub, expected to be operational by 2025.

 

The Langage Green Hydrogen Hub is planned to be a major milestone in the UK’s transition to a low-carbon economy and a key facility for the freeport, also helping to deliver net zero goals for freeport operations overall. Once operational the Langage Green Hydrogen Hub will provide a clean and sustainable source of energy for the Plymouth and South Devon area, and will help to create jobs and opportunities for the community.

 

Eric Adams, Carlton Power’s hydrogen projects director said:

 

We are delighted with the announcement from DESNZ.

 

“Securing a contract for Langage – up to 10MW of capacity and an investment of about £20m, and with planning consent – is a major achievement and places Carlton Power among the leading British companies that are helping to build the hydrogen economy in the UK. Langage is a beacon project for the West Country’s hydrogen ambitions.”

 

Richard May, chief executive of Plymouth and South Devon Freeport, said:

 

This hydrogen hub will be the first of its kind not only for Plymouth and South Devon but for the region.

 

“The Freeport team is committed to working with innovative businesses and partners around the world to develop clean mobility solutions using hydrogen and other energy sources to support a cleaner and more sustainable future for the Plymouth and South Devon area.”

 

Cllr John Birch, executive member for economic development, commercial strategy and governance at South Hams District Council, said:

 

This is truly excellent news for the region.

 

“It will put us front and centre in the UK hydrogen economy. It’s a major project, which is a big plus for the South Hams and for the freeport and we are glad to be playing a part in bringing it successfully through this first round of funding.”

 

Sir Gary Streeter, the Tory MP whose South West Devon constituency will be home to the Langage Green Hydrogen Hub, said:

 

I welcome this significant Government investment into South West Devon.

 

“The Langage Green Hydrogen Hub is a vital component of the Plymouth and South Devon Freeport and will play a crucial role in supporting other businesses to reach net zero.

 

“I also welcome the new jobs which will be created as this hydrogen hub gets up and running. The UK is leading the way in the provision of government support for hydrogen production and I am delighted that South West Devon gets to be part of this. I am pleased to have been able to support Carlton Power in their bid to secure this funding and look forward to continuing to work with them in the coming months.”

 

In April 2023 Carlton Power signed a deal to supply hydrogen fuel to international mining and materials companies Imerys and Sibelco. Both companies have clay mining operations within five miles of the Langage Green Hydrogen Hub.

 

Big update for Plymouth’s hydrogen energy hub, December 27, 2023

 

Source:HydrogenCentral

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