Manchester Airport has announced a partnership with HyNet to establish a direct hydrogen fuel pipeline, aiming to be the first UK airport to do so.
The airport has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with two founding partners of HyNet, Progressive Energy and Cadent, to work together to assess the future demand for hydrogen for aviation and explore the feasibility to connect Manchester Airport to HyNet’s regional network.
The connection will enable the airport to supply any of its 60+ airlines with the sustainable fuel at the earliest opportunity, with a view to decarbonize flying. The process also aims to drive innovation and the creation of green jobs for the region.
Chris Woodroofe, Managing Director, Manchester Airport, said: “This announcement demonstrates the meaningful action we are taking to ensure we can deliver a carbon-free future for the aviation industry. The partnership between Manchester Airport and HyNet is a significant step forward for the future use of hydrogen across the Northwest, building a more sustainable future for the region. By securing a direct supply of hydrogen for our airport, our 60 airlines will be able to make use of this exciting and ground-breaking technology as soon as possible. The use of hydrogen will make a significant contribution to the UK aviation sector’s decarbonization efforts and supports industry partners in reaching net zero.”
Henri Murison, Chief Executive of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, commented: “The partnership between Manchester Airport and HyNet is another fantastic example of the North of England being at the forefront of the UK’s green energy revolution, supporting jobs and growth as well as moving us steps closer towards Net Zero. Hydrogen will play an important role for the future of fuels in the UK, and it is pleasing to see developments in how we can ensure Manchester Airport has a direct supply of low-carbon hydrogen fuel that will provide benefits across the wider region.”