Ryse is leading the way in generating a renewable source of energy through electrolysis of water using renewable energy from the local offshore windfarm.
Herne Bay is a beautiful seaside town which has already taken great steps in the drive to reduce carbon emissions across the country. With the existing offshore wind farm already in place, developing a hydrogen plant facility in order to produce a fuel which emits only water as a vapour makes great sense.
After considering a number of sites in the area, the unused BMX park site nearby the existing waste recycling facility was decided as the best option. The site is existing brownfield and currently shrubland.
• Existing brownfield site.
• Good highway connectivity.
• Existing access into the site.
• Close to the Kentish Flat offshore wind farm to ensure the process is completely renewable.
• Borders an existing recycling centre. • Site is within Local Authority ownership and an agreement to grant a lease to Ryse has been approved by the Property and Regeneration Committee on the 26th September 2019.
The proposed design of the site will be aligned with a number of existing features in mind such as the entrance onto Thanet Way and circulation requirements to and around the facility.
The design will also consider the proximity to the adjacent residential properties and the existing waste recycling facility as well as the views afforded from the rail line to the north and passing traffic along Thanet Way.
Developing the site as a hyrdogen facilty would bring with it a number of benefits for the environment and landscaping that would increase the biodiversity within the local area.
Features to include:
• Swale to catch the surface water from the access roads around the site
• Rain gardens around the building to catch rain water off the roofs
• Bat boxes to be installed around the buildings
• Open areas to be seeded with a locally native wildflower grassland mix
• Detention pond to be planted with native wetland plants
• Creation of brash and log piles for hedgehogs and reptiles
Primary access to the site is from Thanet Way, with the introduction of proposed highway improvements in the form of a new deceleration and acceleration lane either side of the existing junction.
The site will bring no material uplift to current traffic volume. Therefore the proposed hydrogen facility will not increase the traffic on Thanet Way.
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