Funds have been set aside by a local council in the southwest of England which has ambitious plans to locate a green energy hub there.
Some £15.6 million in funds have been set by Torridge District Council to build the Clean Maritime Innovation Centre at Appledore, in North Devon.
According to those promoting the build, the. centre would work with ship builders to build clean energy vessels.
The Tower Group is proposing to build a hydrogen production plant nearby to supply the fuel for these vessels.
Building of the centre is due to start in late 2024 and finish by early 2026 – although plans still need to be formally approved.
Torridge District Council said “The development will establish Torridge and wider northern Devon as a global-leading research and development destination for innovation in clean maritime technology and support industries.”
The Tower Group has submitted documentation to Torridge District Council to outline its intent to build the hydrogen plant, with a planning application expected to be submitted soon.
The initial pilot plant would be a 5 megawatts plant, which could supply power to two boats., with plans to extend the plant to expand to 50 megawatts, covering a 10-15 acre site.
Eventually, if the proposals go ahead, 500 megawatts would be generated on a 80-100 acre site, which would make it one of Europe’s largest – though a specific timeframe is yet to be confirmed.