A new report released today by the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) on ‘Hydrogen in a Low Carbon Economy’ gives the very clear message that Hydrogen is a credible option to help decarbonise the UK energy system, but also highlights this depends on early Government commitment and improved support to develop the UK’s industrial capability with a statement that ‘The UK must now prepare for the key decisions on zero-carbon energy’. This report finds hydrogen could replace natural gas in parts of the energy system, where electrification is not feasible or is prohibitively expensive, for example in providing heat on colder winter days, industrial heat processes and back-up power generation. Hydrogen should be viewed as a credible option in the next stage of the UK’s energy transition, and the report offers a new impetus for early Government action.
The report finds hydrogen could replace natural gas in parts of the energy system, where electrification is not feasible or is prohibitively expensive, for example in providing heat on colder winter days, industrial heat processes and back-up power generation. Hydrogen should be viewed as a credible option in the next stage of the UK’s energy transition, and the report offers a new impetus for early Government action. Read More
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) today released their Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC. The IPCC is the leading world body for assessing the science related to climate change, its impacts and potential future risks, and possible response options. This report contains many important messages about the steps which need to be taken to avoid dangerous climate change, and also key references to the role of hydrogen in meeting global climate targets.
This report contains many important messages about the steps which need to be taken to avoid dangerous climate change, and also key references to the role of hydrogen in meeting global climate targets. Read More
Innovate UK has awarded funding to develop the UK’s first hydrogen injection system for a hydrogen/diesel ferry. The consortium is led by Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited and includes Orkney Islands Council and the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC). The HyDIME (Hydrogen Diesel Injection in a Marine Environment) project will design and integrate a hydrogen diesel dual fuel injection system on board a commercial ferry to be deployed in the Orkney Islands. Read More
The UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has released its latest report on Scotland’s progress towards delivering climate targets. Reducing Emissions in Scotland – 2018 Progress Report to Parliament highlights the importance of tackling low carbon heat and transport emissions. Overall, Scotland continues to outperform the rest of the UK in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. Read More
The wider recognition of the role for hydrogen in decarbonising the UK energy system continues with the publication of a report by Policy Exchange which identifies the potential for Scotland and North East England to lead on developing hydrogen in the near term. The Fuelling the Future report identifies that Scotland and North East England offer the best opportunities for successful hydrogen production hubs, while investment in cost-effective hydrogen production technologies – such as electrolysis – would open up export opportunities and address both the Industrial and Clean Growth strategies. Read More
The Hydrogen Initiative has been launched at the Linz EU high-level energy conference to support the deployment of sustainable hydrogen technology for the decarbonisation of multiple sectors, the energy system and for the long-term energy security of the EU. The hydrogen industry is technologically diverse and sustainable hydrogen can be produced through electrolysis and through reformation processes that combines carbon management and abatement solutions. Delivering on Europe’s formidable decarbonisation ambitions will require having both at our disposal. Read More
A national taskforce to advise on how Scotland achieves a carbon-neutral economy has been launched. The Just Transition Commission, a commitment under the Programme for Government, will look at how to maximise opportunities of decarbonisation, in terms of fair work and tackling inequalities, while delivering a sustainable and inclusive labour market. Read More
A new report on Hydrogen from renewable power: Technology outlook for the energy transition has been released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). This report shows Hydrogen can help meet a range of energy needs that would be difficult to address through direct electrification, making hydrogen the missing link in the global transition to a low carbon energy system. As the world strives to cut carbon emissions, electric power from renewables has emerged as a vital energy source. Yet transport and industry will still require combustible fuels for many purposes. Such needs could be met with hydrogen, which itself can be produced using renewable power. Read More
The UK Government has published the Delivering Clean Growth: CCUS Cost Challenge Taskforce Report. This is an independent report by the CCUS Cost Challenge Taskforce setting out the industry’s view on how best to progress carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) in the UK. This report contains a number of recommendations which will support the wider deployment of hydrogen into heat and transport sectors. The CCUS Task Force report explains that Hydrogen can be used by industry and other large gas consumers for both power and heat to reduce their on-site emissions, either by blending hydrogen into the existing natural gas networks or by replacing the natural gas with hydrogen. In transport, hydrogen with CCUS could be an enabler for decarbonising the transport fleet, including trucks, trains and shipping. Read More
The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), based in the Orkney Islands of Scotland, has just been announced as one of the Top 200 Influencing World Projects by the Institution of Civil Engineering. This recognises the pioneering and world-changing work that is taking place at their wave and tidal energy test sites in the Orkney Islands. Read More