News - 21 September 2023

D2N2 CEO Will Morlidge shares his thoughts on East Midlands Hydrogen

D2N2 CEO, Will Morlidge, was interviewed by the BBC’s Geeta Pendse on the eve of the East Midlands Hydrogen Launch Event, which took place on 22 September.

Will, together with Sally Brewis, Head of Regional Development (East and London) at Cadent, talked about the exciting milestone for the region that happened later that week: the launch of East Midlands Hydrogen, set to become the UK’s largest inland hydrogen cluster.

Will and Sally explained how D2N2 LEP and Cadent have played a leading role in establishing this collaborative partnership between industry, academia and the  public sector. Indeed, East Midlands Hydrogen is a consortium covering the full hydrogen value chain, including hydrogen producers, distributors, industrial end users and local supporters, and the supporting organisations now total 44 members.

Will and Sally agreed that the launch event was just the start of regional collaboration on East Midlands Hydrogen. The partners have the ambition to accelerate the development of, and attract investment to, the growing cluster of concentrated hydrogen demand, production and distribution infrastructure in the East Midlands.

To close the interview, Will talked about the ambition in our region to grow our hydrogen education and skills offering, so that young people can access and take up the job opportunities and pathways our hydrogen ecosystem is set to offer. The piece featured on BBC East Midlands Today on Friday 22 September and BBC Politics East Midlands on Sunday 24 September. You can watch the piece on Politics East Midlands here.

Will and Sally also feature this week in a Hydrogen Industry Leaders’ podcast, where they discuss East Midlands Hydrogen with Hannah Wintle. The podcast series has 21,000 subscribers, who are hydrogen specialists. You can listen to the podcast here.

For media enquiries contact:

Nicola Swaney

Head of External Affairs, D2N2 LEP

nicola.swaney@d2n2lep.org

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