Tees Valley Hydrogen Innovation Project (TVHIP)

Part of building a hydrogen economy

The Tees Valley Hydrogen Innovation Project (TVHIP) 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.

What the project will offer

The project will offer SMEs a fully funded minimum 12 hours support tailored to your business. Innovative hydrogen projects would receive fully-funded support for the development of new products and processes. Our dedicated team will work closely with your organisation to understand your business requirements and what you are seeking to achieve. A support action plan will be developed and agreed.

Examples of areas of support include:

  • Being part of a cross-industry collaborative hydrogen network for knowledge and technical exchange.
  • Use of an innovation space for research and development.
  • Access to a laboratory which is developing and trialling a demonstrator unit based on catalytic membrane reactor (CMR) technology for producing hydrogen.
  • Knowledge and contribution to the development of innovative products and services in the hydrogen field.
  • Support the development of new products and processes

What is innovative about TVHIP?

Through multi-industry collaboration and open innovation, we are contributing to the process of industrial decarbonisation through the development of cleaner hydrogen technologies. An R&D platform based at Teesside University is available to support the research and innovation of industrial solutions. This includes the development and trialling of a hydrogen demonstrator unit using innovative production technology routes through adoption of catalytic membrane reactor assisted steam methane reforming (SMR).

SMEs will get involved directly in the design and/or manufacturing of components required for the catalytic membrane reactor demonstrator unit. The CMR unit will aim to reduce temperatures required to generate hydrogen and hereby, reducing costs and carbon dioxide emissions in hydrogen generation and usage.

As part of our programme, you will benefit from:

  • Engaging directly in R&D projects
  • Accessing to hydrogen expertise and hydrogen networks
  • Attending technical workshops and events
  • Awareness of industrial commercial opportunities
  • Facilitated access to research projects and resources
  • Potential participation in the submission of collaborative bids
  • Signposting to relevant and related funding opportunities
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What are the benefits?

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

The TVHIP project is a fully funded ERDF project that offers a minimum of 12 hour assists to eligible SMEs in the Tees Valley area to develop new business networks, products and processes.

The project will be delivered by a core team in developing networks and hydrogen technology and will help facilitate access to research projects and resources.

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