How Humber Zero works
Humber Zero uses a combination of CCS technology and hydrogen production within an existing industrial cluster to decarbonise the wider Humber.
Humber Zero’s proximity to both empty gas fields in the North Sea and other industry throughout the Humber make it the most viable project for large-scale carbon capture storage and hydrogen production.
Carbon capture storage technology
Humber Zero will integrate CCS technology into some of the industrial processes at combined heat and power plant VPI Immingham and the Phillips 66 Humber Refinery. Post combustion, CO2 is captured at source and then transported via pipeline either to CO2 storage fields in the North Sea, or exported to international markets from the port of Immingham.
Offshore gas storage capability
Twenty miles offshore from the Humber estuary are redundant North Sea gas fields and saline aquifers. These empty natural gas reservoirs are ideal to store carbon dioxide indefinitely and with a capacity of 720 MT CO2, could store over 40 years’ worth of emissions from British industry.
Key coastal location
Humber Zero’s portside location and connectivity to critical infrastructure makes it a natural gateway project for further decarbonisation in the region.
Alongside CCS facilities, the project aims to produce a combination of blue and green hydrogen to provide power for local homes. It intends to generate 1000MWth of hydrogen, enough to power over a million homes. Humber Zero will also generate green hydrogen using excess capacity from offshore Hornsea wind farm.
Offshore wind power
Hornsea One, the world’s largest offshore wind development is currently being built off the East Yorkshire coastline. The windfarm is capable of producing 2.6GWe of energy. Humber Zero plans to convert excess energy produced by the wind farm and intends to generate enough hydrogen to power approximately 50,000 homes per year using wind from Hornsea One.