Hull – the capital of the Humber region – is fast becoming the UK’s leader in renewable energy.
Four in five North Sea wind zones are within 12 hours of sailing time from Hull, with nearby Hornsea set to become the largest wind farm zone in the world.
Green Port Hull has put the region on the world stage for green energy innovation and offshore wind growth.
The city’s £3 billion of public and private sector investment includes the £310 million Siemens Gamesa world-class wind turbine blade manufacturing facility, which contributes £73 million GVA to the local economy, creating more than a thousand jobs.
Hull has also seen supply chain investment from 3Sun Group, TRG Wind, GEV Offshore, Eltronic Wind Solutions, Scanel International, ALE and A2Sea.
Renewables firm Orsted is investing £6 billion in offshore wind operations on the east coast, with contracts awarded to Siemens Gamesa for the supply of turbines for two huge offshore wind farms.
A green light for change
Hull will soon host the UK’s largest energy-from-waste plant. Spencer Group’s £200 million facility, set to open in 2018, will produce enough electricity to power 43,000 homes and recycle 250,000 tonnes of waste per year.
Wind turbines at the Port of Hull.
A £2 million Centre of Excellence for the offshore wind industry is the result of a five-year partnership between the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and the University of Hull. Major opportunities also exist in biofuels, waste to energy, solar, wave and tidal power generation.
It means the region’s renewables sector will become the biggest influence on the local economy for generations, creating thousands of jobs and business opportunities.