Known as the UK’s Energy Estuary, the Humber has long been a centre for energy production, storage and handling. The Humber is also the UK’s largest emitter of CO2 and it is therefore right that it should lead the country’s drive to decarbonise.
The Humber has always looked to the sea for its fortunes. Prosperity has ebbed and flowed over the centuries. Today the Humber is benefitting from the advent of offshore wind, building on its industrial history and expertise. The region is forging a reputation as the country’s centre for renewable energy and green innovation globally. It is already playing a leading role in securing the sector’s future success in offshore wind with the world’s largest offshore wind farms just off its coast. It is also showcased in the Government’s Industrial Strategy’s Offshore Wind Sector Deal as an exemplar collaborative cluster.
Innovation drives the UK’s bid to meet net zero targets by 2050. The University of Hull has contributed its research power and development capability towards a number of ground-breaking renewable energy innovation projects. Aura, and its Aura Innovation Centre, is an initiative of the University of Hull and has an important role in connecting private and public sector organisations to drive innovation in the region and nationally.
The Aura team and the University’s academics actively participate and lead in a number of the region’s renewable energy initiatives and networks – including: