The Swansea Council this week announced land agreements as a step forward for a GBP-4-billion (USD 5bn/EUR 4.6bn) green energy project.
Subject to planning permission, these agreements could lead to the creation of a green energy transport hub to potentially include a hydrogen manufacturing station for hydrogen-powered transport, electric vehicle (EV) charging points, a battery manufacturing facility on the former Morrissey site in SA1 area of Swansea, and the expansion of approved solar farm plans at a former landfill site.
DST Innovations is also making progress on the project’s other components, which include a tidal lagoon, a battery farm, a floating solar panel facility, an oceanic and climate change research centre, eco-homes anchored in the water and a hyper-scale data centre, the announcement further says.
Welsh company DST Innovations is leading the project together with battery technology firm Batri Ltd. The consortium also includes engineering and construction group HDR and infrastructure solution specialist Enable.
“The energy hub is a blueprint of how urban renewal underpinned by green energy should be delivered in future,” commented Richard Morgan of HDR.
Swansea Council has also sought funding from the UK government to explore the potential for a low-carbon district heating network using excess heat from the data centre.
(GBP 1 = USD 1.254/EUR 1.150)