Tristan Zipfel (centre), at the launch of Tees Green Hydrogen.
Matthew Neville

“Ground-breaking” green hydrogen project joins growing lineup of sustainable Teesside initiatives

EDF Renewables UK and Hynamics, a subsidiary of EDF Group specialising in hydrogen, are announcing plans to invest significantly in their Teesside operation, supporting local and national government aspirations to regenerate Tees Valley by investing in decarbonisation.

EDF is the latest business to commit investment to Tees Valley, announcing plans for a green hydrogen production centre in the vicinity of the former Redcar steelworks.

Tees Green Hydrogen, will be a pioneering project, using the green electricity from the nearby Teesside Offshore Wind Farm along with a new solar farm, which EDF Renewables UK intends to construct near Redcar, to power its hydrogen electrolyser.

The project will supply local business customers with hydrogen to support decarbonisation efforts and a significant reduction in industrial pollution. The initiative was announced at Teesworks with British Steel Lackenby and PD Ports.

The development is the latest in a growing list of green initiatives proposed on Teesside. In its initial phase, the electrolyser will be 30-50MW in size, but is designed to be able to scale to over 500MW, in line with emerging demand.

Tristan Zipfel, director of strategy and analysis at EDF Renewables UK, said: “Tees Green Hydrogen represents the latest instalment of our investment in Tees Valley, supporting its decarbonisation, reducing pollution and strengthening the local economy.

“Tees Green Hydrogen is a ground-breaking project, which will utilise locally produced green electricity to create the means to decarbonise local industry and safeguard its operation for many years to come, well beyond Net Zero 2050. In the current world climate the importance of locally produced renewable power cannot be underestimated.”

Christelle Rouillé, CEO of Hynamics, added: “We are dedicated to making low carbon and renewable hydrogen a decarbonisation driver of the entire economy, especially in the mobility and industrial sectors. We are very happy to support our partners in achieving their carbon neutrality objectives, in line with the climate change emergency.”

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