The Waterline Student Challenge Business Sponsor
SSE Thermal

About SSE Thermal

SSE Thermal is responsible for SSE plc’s flexible generation and energy storage activities, with over 600 direct employees across the UK and Ireland.

In SSE, we know renewable energy is the heart of the energy transition, and across the company we‘re leading by example, building more offshore wind capacity than any other company in the world. However, it’s clear we continue to need flexible power stations on the grid to keep the power flowing when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine.

As part of our commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions, we are focused on decarbonising our operations through carbon capture and storage (CCS) and hydrogen technology.

We’re also a Principal Partner to the UK Government for COP26, the upcoming global climate change conference taking place in Glasgow this November.


Humber in Focus

Together with Equinor, we are progressing plans for two low-carbon power stations at Keadby in North Lincolnshire. The first, Keadby 3, will connect to the shared infrastructure being developed through the Zero Carbon Humber partnership to transport the captured carbon and store it safely offshore. The second, Keadby Hydrogen, will be the world’s first 100% hydrogen-fuelled power station. Our plans for the Humber don’t stop there – we are also developing plans for one of the world's largest hydrogen storage facilities at our Aldbrough site in East Yorkshire, which we co-own with Equinor.

Why Waterline

The Humber is the UK’s largest and most carbon-intensive industrial region, and decarbonising the Humber will be imperative if the country is to meet its 2050 goals. That makes the region a hotbed for innovation, and the Waterline Summit will showcase some of the key projects and how they can serve as inspiration across the globe.

In particular, we are delighted to sponsor The Waterline Student Challenge, which gives us the opportunity to work with the next generation of leaders to build a cleaner, more sustainable economy for the future.

And with the Waterline Summit taking place just a matter of days before COP26, the event is uniquely positioned to set the tone for what will be a pivotal few months in the race to net zero.


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