IEA update on Offshore Wind with Hydrogen for Decarbonisation of Industry

The International Energy Agency has released an update on Renewable Energy for Industry: Offshore Wind in Northern Europe. This note expands on the findings of the recent IEA Insight Paper on renewable energy for industry, released in November 2017. This update note by Cédric Philibert of the IEA Renewables Energy Division explores the potential for decarbonising the European industry by replacing fossil fuels with electricity from offshore wind in Northern Europe, either directly or via hydrogen production.

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Scottish Government sets new 90% GHG reduction target for 2050

Action to mitigate climate change is a key component of the Scottish Government’s aim to create a growing, sustainable and inclusive economy. The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 set world-leading greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, including a target to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050. The Scottish Government now intends to introduce a new Climate Change Bill with even more ambitious targets. Proposals include setting targets based on actual emissions, and increasing the 2050 target to 90% emissions reduction.

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H2FC SUPERGEN update on HFC Supply Chain Economic Benefits

Recent economic modelling work carried out by the EPSRC funded H2FC SUPERGEN shows the economic gains which can be achieved through low carbon policies, and specifically developing supply chain activity to support refuelling of battery/hydrogen vehicles. This new paper by Turner et al sets out the opportunities for low emission vehicle refuelling supply chains potentially replicating the strength of domestic upstream linkages observed in the UK electricity and/or gas industries. They use input-output multiplier analysis to deconstruct and assess the structure of these supply chains relative to that of more import-intensive petrol and diesel supply. A crucial multiplier result is that for every £1million of spending on electricity (or gas), 8 full-time equivalent jobs are supported throughout the UK. This compares to less than 3 jobs in the case of petrol/diesel supply.

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UK Government releases Draft Clean Air Strategy

The UK Government has launched their draft Clean Air Strategy which outlines ambitions relating to reducing air pollution, making our air healthier to breathe, protecting nature and boosting the economy. In this draft strategy, DEFRA set out future air quality policies and goals. This strategy sits alongside three other important UK government strategies: the Industrial Strategy, the Clean Growth Strategy and the 25 Year Environment Plan. The UK Government has asked the rail sector to set up a taskforce that will look at how to decarbonise the rail industry and improve air quality through reducing harmful emissions produced by the rail industry. The UK government has also challenged the taskforce to set out how the industry will meet the ambition of removing all diesel only trains by 2040, encompassing both freight and passenger traction. This Clean Air Strategy shows how we will tackle all sources of air pollution, making our air healthier to breathe, protecting nature and boosting the economy.

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BIG HIT Creates Exemplar ‘Hydrogen Islands’ Energy System for Orkney

The official opening of BIG HIT brings together communities, industry, and politicians who are all working together to deploy one of Europe’s leading energy systems. BIG HIT will enable more renewable energy to be produced and used locally in the Orkney Islands of Scotland and also support similar deployments more widely. BIG HIT has been widely recognised as the leading project of its kind in Europe. BIG HIT involves 12 partners based across six EU countries and is funded by the FCH JU as part of the €30 billion Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The Orkney Islands of Scotland were chosen for this development because of the need to store excess renewable energy and utilise the stored energy locally for transport and heat.

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IMechE releases report on Hydrogen into Gas Grid for Renewable Energy Storage

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) report on Energy from Gas: Taking a Whole System Approach shows how using the gas grid to store excess electricity could boost UK renewables. It calls for Government support to change pipes and materials to allow excess electricity, in the form of hydrogen, to be stored in the gas grid.  It recommends that the UK Government and industry should boost investment in technology to promote the use of hydrogen as a way of storing energy, which would make the UK energy system greener and more efficient. The technology would allow the gas grid to be used to store excess electricity, in the form of hydrogen, and support an expansion of renewable power in the UK.

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BIG HIT Project Fuels Up with ‘Green Hydrogen’ in Orkney Islands

The first refuelling of a hydrogen vehicle in the Orkney Islands has taken place using locally produced, renewable hydrogen.  The Building Innovative Green Hydrogen Systems in an Isolated Territory (BIG HIT) project has carried out the first refuelling of the fleet of five, zero emission, Renault Kangoo vans equipped with the Symbio hydrogen range extender  at the ITM Power refuelling station in Hatston. This is a major first step towards creating a genuine hydrogen territory in the Orkney Islands.

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Shell releases 'Sky' Scenario for the Energy Transition

Shell has released the Sky Scenario which illustrates a technically possible, but challenging pathway for society to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. Sky builds on the previous Shell Mountains and Oceans scenarios and is their most optimistic scenario in terms of climate outcomes. The Sky scenario reveals the potential for an energy system to emerge that brings modern energy to all in the world, without delivering a climate legacy that society cannot readily adapt to. The new Sky scenario includes important messages about hydrogen transport and the potential role of cities in delivering this transformation.

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Scottish Government releases draft Climate Change Plan 2018-32

The Scottish Governments new Climate Change Plan along with their Energy Strategy will provide the strategic framework for delivering the transition to a low carbon Scotland. Building on previous reports on policies and proposals, the Climate Change Plan sets out the path to a low carbon economy while helping to deliver sustainable economic growth and secure the wider benefits to a greener, fairer and healthier Scotland in 2032. This Climate Plan includes policies and proposals to reduce emissions from electricity generation, buildings (both residential and non-residential), transport, and industry

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The Royal Society releases Green Hydrogen policy briefing

The Royal Society has released a Policy Briefing on the Options for producing low-carbon hydrogen at scale.  Low-carbon hydrogen has the potential to play a significant role in tackling climate change and poor air quality. The policy briefing considers how hydrogen could be produced at a useful scale to power vehicles, heat homes and supply industrial processes. This paper focuses on arguably the most challenging barrier to the hydrogen economy – producing hydrogen at a range of scales with little or no carbon emissions at acceptable cost. To achieve this, existing technologies need to be decarbonised and new technologies need to be developed.

This paper focuses on arguably the most challenging barrier to the hydrogen economy – producing hydrogen at a range of scales with little or no carbon emissions at acceptable cost. To achieve this, existing technologies need to be decarbonised and new technologies need to be developed.

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