Green Gases (Hydrogen & Biogas)
What does the future hold for the UK?
We are looking at low carbon developments in Hydrogen, Biogas, Geothermal
The earth is warming at an alarming rate. Twenty of the last 22 years have been the warmest on record. Action needs to be taken on climate change. To combat this, the UK has committed to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. This indicates that the use of all fossil fuels in their current form is unsustainable. To continue to provide the energy requirements of the UK without fossil fuels provides significant challenges in energy generation,transmission and storage. Zero carbon forms of energy such as wind, power and tidal cannot be turned off and on. Electricity storage is hugely expensive, often environmentally harmful and generally inefficient. Electricity transmission is limited by the amount of copper installed and could need massive upgrading with concurrent environmental disruption.
To provide all the energy requirements for the UK for heat and transport as well as power will require huge investments in zero carbon generation. The zero carbon options for generation either produce power when the wind blows or the sun shines or in the case of nuclear, produce constant power. The scale of the challenge in generation, transmission and storage of energy suggests that an alternative to electricity storage and transmission will be required or we will be overwhelmed by planning considerations and investment in cables, wires and batteries. This is why hydrogen is increasingly thought to provide answers. Hydrogen can be generated from green electricity at times of oversupply and transmitted around the gas grid or used as a fuel in transportation.
We agree with the northwest hydrogen alliance- transition to net zero is impossible to achieve without hydrogen. Hydrogen as part of a varied mix of technologies and energy sources will be a crucial portion of the UK’s decarbonisation strategy both in the short & long term. That is why we are so excited to be at the forefront in the UK developing hydrogen storage and transport projects.
Nathan Burton Business Developer