‘Build a Hydrogen Economy’ (BHE) program

What is the ‘Build a Hydrogen Economy’ (BHE) program?

The ‘Build a Hydrogen Economy’ (BHE) program aims to support SMEs in the Tees Valley to stimulate the development of a hydrogen low carbon economy, providing knowledge transfer services to SMEs.

This project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

Why should I get involved in the BHE program?

The program is aligned to the Industrial Strategy and the growth of the global industrial gases market size, which is projected to reach $71.0 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 6.2% during the forecast period. Examples of the expansion of the industrial gas market are in processing and handling of hydrogen, natural gas, syngas, biogas, town gas, carbon dioxide, ammonia, methanol, LPG, etc.

The factors driving the growth of the market include large base of end-use industries, increasing government initiatives toward alternative sources of energy and increasing healthcare expenditure. As a result the government has announced £20 million to boost the hydrogen economy to reduce the high cost of producing large volumes of low carbon hydrogen, so that the technology can become a competitive, clean energy supply of the future.

Therefore, it becomes an opportunity to develop capabilities and infrastructure in your business and maximising business opportunities in the hydrogen supply chain.


What is innovative about this program?

This program will focused on the development of innovative hydrogen technologies. The program provides an energetic and sustainable environment where large and SMEs come together to transform industrial challenges into prototypes close to commercialisation and access to funding.

The project will design and build a hydrogen demonstrator based on innovative production technology routes through adoption of Catalytic Membrane reactor assisted SMR, Steam electrolysis, Photocatalysis, CO2-H2 co-utilization and with reduced CO2 footprints.

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Who should be involved?

The program is aimed at any size organisation, especially SMEs in the Tees Valley, which are interested to develop knowledge and capabilities to design new products and processes for hydrogen solutions.

Examples of type companies that will benefit from the program are:

  • Industrial gas suppliers and operators
  • Industrial gas technology developers
  • Catalyst and sorbent suppliers, users and R&D groups
  • General and precision engineering, valves and instrumentation
  • Safety specialists
  • Filters, ceramics and catalytic membrane specialists
  • Combustion and burner technologists and suppliers
  • Those involved in process intensification and decarbonisation
  • Environmentalists and the move to a circular economy, specifically decarbonisation.
  • And many others.

How can we help?

The BHE programme has a wide array of industrial skills and expertise to offer your business to innovate and succeed in the hydrogen supply chain. Our dedicated team will work closely with your organisation to understand your business requirements and what you want to achieve. A support action plan will be developed and agreed.

As part of our programme, you will benefit from:

  • Engaging directly in R&D projects
  • Accessing to hydrogen expertise and hydrogen networks
  • Participating in the submissions of collaborative bids
  • Attending workshops, conferences and seminars
  • Accessing hydrogen laboratory to test performance products using hydrogen
  • Access to funding
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What are the costs?

The program is FREE to eligible SMEs based in the Tees Valley area that operate in an eligible ERDF sector.

The BHE project is a fully funded ERDF project that offers a minimum of 12 hours assist to eligible SMEs in the Tees Valley area to develop new products and processes.

The project will be delivered by specialists in developing hydrogen technology and will facilitate access to research projects and resources.

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