Lancaster BID Newsletter – January 2020

Lancaster BID January 2020 newsletter is now available and includes articles on:

  • Lancaster BID survey
  • City footfall bucks national trend
  • January BID Breakfast – ASB Question Time
  • BID Commercial Marketing Pack
  • FREE Dementia Awareness Training
  • Festive Window Winners Announced
  • Happy New Year from Holdens
  • Help Shape the Future Canal Quarter
  • Business Crime Booklet
  • Upcoming events

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Lancaster Hydrogen Hub

Lancaster University have formed the partnership behind the hub with the aim of creating the seed of a functioning and growing Hydrogen (H2) economy across the city region.

The Hub, coordinated via Energy Lancaster at Lancaster University, brings together:

  • local and global energy and technology firms
  • local transport companies and heat consumers
  • clean-air, planning, regeneration and low-carbon stakeholders (including Councils and LEPs)
  • scientists, economists and engineers

This is more than just an idea, as evident from the recently awarded BEIS grant, for our project with EDF Energy R&D UK: ‘Hydrogen to Heysham’. The Lancaster Hydrogen Hub has three main aims:

  • Build and grow local H2 production, storage, and transport facilities
  • Decarbonise local industry & transport and heating of building estates
  • Demonstrate a scalable H2 economy rolled out via incremental infrastructure investments

As illustrated above and described below, the surrounding district offers opportunities to showcase hydrogen-based transport on rail, road, and in the port, and hydrogen supported heating in estates like the University campus, the new Eden Project North, and the Bailrigg Garden Village.

Hub concepts

Green H2

EDF’s nuclear plants will produce low carbon H2 by water electrolysis. The power plants need H2 as a rotor coolant. The plants also have a demand for pure O2, the other electrolysis product.

H2 Rail

Diesel powered trains transport nuclear fuels between Heysham and Sellafield. These trains can run on H2 in the future, and they can help transport H2 as a new clean fuel into The Lake District. This would enable H2 based train and bus services and also H2 refuelling stations for other cars in the national park.

H2 Sea

Like other seaports, Heysham Port strives to reduce their local emissions, first by converting the container handling vehicles to run on H2 and later by offering H2 as a (supplement) fuel for ferries.

H2 Road

Junction 34 of the M6 with its recently opened park-and-ride system and connecting bus services will make an ideal host for the North-West’s first H2 refuelling station for cars, buses and HGVs. H2 fuelled shuttle services to Lancaster City and the Eden Project in Morecambe will ensure good impact and visibility.

H2 Transport

We will work with bus operators and city council to develop H2 based/supplemented bus and refuse collection services, combatting the high emissions that contribute to the city’s air quality issues.

H2 Energy Systems at Scale

These broad transport and built environment concepts support Lancaster’s case for piloting a functioning H2 economy at a local scale, further enhanced by significant H2 storage potential in the Preesall caverns & EDF sites UK wide. The Lancaster Hydrogen Hub can demonstrate scaleup from campus/city to regional & national. Win-win synergies with the Eden Project North are obvious.

H2 Research, Development, Demonstration & Innovation

Our research and Innovation projects will go beyond electrolyser and fuel cell technology. We and our partners will address fuel & transport related logistics, the use of H2 as an energy vector in smart local energy systems (for transport, heating, grid), new business models and the geological, environmental, health and social aspects of larger-scale H2 storage projects

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Lancaster Vision January Meeting

The next meeting of Lancaster Vision will be held at 6:00 pm on 13th January 2020 at The Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TX

Everyone is welcome to attend and there is no charge – agenda is set out below

Meeting Agenda

  • Minutes of last meeting
  • Matters arising
  • Digital Strategy Presentation by Mark Thwaite (pending confirmation)
  • Interim management arrangements
  • Project Update –
    • Canal Quarter – consultation events
    • Wealth building Partnership – consultation events
    • Wellbeing Advisory Group – consultation events
    • Garden Village & Bailrigg Planning Application
    • Innovation Campus
    • Eden North
    • Digital Lancaster
  • Social Housing Seminar
  • Council Budget Consultation Meeting
  • Any other business
  • Date of next meeting

Lancaster Civic Society Ugly Walk 5th January 2019

It is with regret that the proposed annual Ugly Walk on 5th January 2020, organised by our sister organisation Lancaster Civic Society, has had to be cancelled due to ill health.

It was due to commence from the Castle Gates, Lancaster Castle at 10:00 am and will now be organised for a future date which will be notified here in due course.

Our apologies to all those who were looking forward to this lovely stroll around our beautiful area.

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Wishing you all a Happy New Year

From everyone at Lancaster Vision we hope that 2020 brings to you and yours a year of great opportunities which take you in the directions that you wish to go.

We would love to hear from you whether you live in the Lancaster area, have moved away and want to keep contact, anticipate moving here in the near future or are just interested in everything about this wonderful area.

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