£75m bid win for Zero Carbon Humber

The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) is part of a major new project that has won government backing to decarbonise the industrial cluster around the Humber, and help UK manufacturers win work in emerging low-carbon sectors including hydrogen fuels and carbon capture.

The Zero Carbon Humber (ZCH) Partnership has succesfully secured government funding following a £75 million bid submitted in October to accelerate decarbonisation in the UK’s most carbon-intensive industrial region, helping to support clean growth, future-proof vital industries and protect and create new jobs.

The partnership comprises 12 leading companies and organisations from across the Yorkshire and Humber region including Associated British Ports, British Steel, Centrica Storage Ltd, Drax Group, Equinor, Mitsubishi Power, National Grid Ventures, px Group, SSE Thermal, Saltend Cogeneration Company Limited, Uniper, and the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).

Zero Carbon Humber’s plan could help the region reach net zero by 2040 through low carbon hydrogen, carbon capture and carbon removal technology. This will be enabled by a shared pipeline network to carry hydrogen to industrial customers and remove carbon dioxide from power generation and industrial emitters, transporting it to permanent storage in an offshore aquifer in the UK’s Southern North Sea via pipelines developed by the Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP), serving both ZCH and Net Zero Teesside (NZT).

The University of Sheffield AMRC will work with its sister centre, the Nuclear AMRC, to support the anchoring of supply chain opportunities in the UK provided by these new technologies. Both centres are part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

“The successful award of this £75 million project represents a huge vote of confidence in the Humber region and the wider North of England,” said Ben Morgan, research director at the University of Sheffield AMRC…Read more