The Midlands is at the forefront of developments in future fuels – with an eco-system of universities and businesses working at the bleeding-edge of innovation around green hydrogen and offshore wind. Energy transition opportunities include harnessing repurposed power stations and an array of future-focused energy opportunities.
- Leading the way in renewable energy production, our region is home to the world’s biggest off-shore windfarm in Lincolnshire, providing 18% of England’s renewables capacity.
- Established strengths in hydrogen capabilities including hydrogen powered trains, cars and buses, as well as hydrogen fuel cell manufacturing and heat pumps and boilers. The UK’s first hydrogen train has been developed here, the fully electric Jaguar i-Pace was designed and developed in the Midlands and companies like Bosch are leading the way on hydrogen pumps.
- The Midlands Engine Hydrogen Technology Strategy, centred around plans for a Midlands Hydrogen Technologies Valley, has the potential create or safeguard 167,000 jobs, provide £10bn GVA to the Midlands and UK economy, and reduce CO2 emissions in the region by 29%.
- The Midlands is a leader in R&D, test and deployment of battery and EV propulsion systems, for automotive, truck, off-highway, rail and marine systems. We are home to the £130m UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) and the West Midlands Gigafactory JV at Coventry Airport.
- The Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) draws on the expertise and world-class facilities of the Midlands Innovation group of universities – Aston, Birmingham, Cranfield, Keele, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick, plus the British Geological Survey. ERA works with the UK government, industry and the higher education sector to undertake innovative research, develop the next generation of energy leaders, and demonstrate low carbon technologies that help shape the future of the UK’s energy landscape.
- 1 in 4 energy and low carbon jobs in England based in the Midlands.