Hynet Debate

HyNet Debate   Thursday 11th January 2022       Venue:  Storyhouse Chester

A brief explanation of the different different types of Hydrogen https://h2sciencecoalition.com/blog/blue-hydrogen-what-is-it-and-should-it-replace-natural-gas/ 

The HyNet website explains the vision of the project https://hynet.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/HyNet_NW-Vision-Document-2020_FINAL.pdf which is to develop both the potential for using hydrogen and the process of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) to enable decarbonizing of industry as part of achieving net zero by 2050.

Hynet is a NW cluster of companies working together to achieve the vision.  It plans to produce over 30TWh (Terra Watt hours) per year from hydrogen from the Stanlow Refinery and other sites by 2030, and capture and store over 2Mt of CO2 in Liverpool Bay.

The meeting was busy with approximately 160 people attending.  It was managed with a Chairman who was supported on one side by the Vice Chancellor of University of Chester Prof. Eunice Simmons and by Matt Bryan, Councillor (Upton, Chester) and Leader of CWaC Climate Emergency Taskforce.

General comments regarding the meeting.: 

Messages coming from the speakers at the meeting included:

Prof. Joe Howe.  Chair of NW Hydrogen Alliance.  (He is involved in the work of the HyNet vision, including the opportunities arising for NW communities)

Paul Bowers.  CWaC and Green Party Councilor (Helsby).

Dr Diarmaid Clery.  Manchester University, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

Prof. David Cebon.  Cambridge University.  Engineering faculty

Jon Egan. Progressive Energy.  HyNet supporters

Don Naylor. Friends of the Earth Liverpool 

Chris Matheison. Labour MP for Chester 

The full video recording of the event is available in two parts - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7ehNxuiGck https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGnMWJBxTPw