The Solent Cluster

A TOOL TO ENABLE THE SOLENT CLUSTER AND SOUTHERN SUPER CLUSTER
Several regional hubs are being developed to accelerate UK decarbonisation via hydrogen, such as HyNet, and Teesside-Humber. The Solent Cluster aims to build a similar hub to decarbonise the industries and energy needs of the Solent area. Portland has the ability to expand to serve a future Southern Super Cluster and the London area.
The Portland Energy Storage Hub project would provide critical infrastructure to service the Solent Cluster development and attract further investment to the region.

The Portland project would:

  • Bring modular storage development to serve the initial transition to hydrogen for the grid.
  • Deliver storage capacity to the 4.3GW blue in Southampton (Exxon).
  • bring ~6% Of FES UK average storage needs forecast in 2050 in line with the regional population.
  • Support future green hydrogen, potentially powered by local offshore wind and a national scale hydrogen battery.

As over the horizon technologies permit wind to be competitive and invisible from the shoreline, the relatively shallow water depth 30km off Portland Bill makes wind resources very competitive as it permits cheaper fixed facilities vs floating wind.