Amisha Patel, Head of Power, Nuclear & Renewables and Public Affairs at the Energy Industries Council, explores the rise of green hydrogen. With global energy demand increasing, coupled with the urgent need to decarbonise the current energy mix, using hydrogen as an alternative to fossil fuels has catapulted to the forefront of the debate. Having played an important role in Britain’s transition to a low-carbon future, the UK’s Committee on Climate Change anticipates hydrogen playing a central role in achieving a net-zero economy. Hydrogen is expected to play a key role in meeting the need for clean fuel for both energy storage and transport purposes – a key element of a proposed hydrogen economy, in addition to increasing the energy efficiency of electricity production. Advocates argue that it is an essential counterpart to renewable generation, providing a means of storing energy to overcome intermittency and balance supply with demand. Being the most abundant element in the universe, proponents argue that it is the perfect solution to existing needs across the entire energy spectrum.
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