Plans for a 200MW green hydrogen hub in Manchester, which would supply local transport and industry, has been given planning consent by Trafford Council.

The £300m Trafford Green Hydrogen scheme will be located within Carlton Power’s Trafford Low Carbon Energy Park, and is claimed to be the UK’s largest consented green hydrogen project.

The scheme’s construction and operation is contingent on receiving financial support from the government’s Hydrogen Investment Package, a multi-million pound programme intended to encourage the growth of the hydrogen economy across the UK.

Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester, said: “The development of the Trafford Green Hydrogen project, as a part of the Trafford Low Carbon Energy Park, will be a spur for industry and transport operators in the Greater Manchester region to accelerate their plans to use green hydrogen and achieve their net zero carbon targets.

“It also provides an important stimulus to job creation in Greater Manchester and further investment in renewable energy generation which will, in time, provide greater energy security. I’m delighted that Greater Manchester is in the vanguard of creating a vibrant hydrogen economy in this country, and I urge the UK government to support this pioneering scheme.”

Carlton Power is taking forward the project with the support and involvement of a local consortium, comprising Manchester Metropolitan University, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), Trafford Council, Cadent Gas and Electricity North West.

Eric Adams, hydrogen projects director at Carlton, said: “Trafford Green Hydrogen is ideally situated to provide local industry and transport operators with low-carbon hydrogen fuel. It will also stimulate investment in the region’s energy infrastructure and accelerate the region’s energy transition. The economic and environmental benefits are clear. Working with our local partners, our focus now turns towards securing the UK government’s support to this project and our proposed green hydrogen schemes at Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria and Langage in the South West of England.”

The proposed hydrogen hub facilities at Trafford Park, Barrow and Langage will produce and store hydrogen at scale and help integrate renewable energy on a regional scale through the storage of solar and wind energy.