In Teesside, along with other parts of the north of England such as Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester and the Humber, we believe that hydrogen has the potential to be a major part of the solution. It’s now time for the government and parliament to embrace this ambition being shown in the regions and put their backing into hydrogen. This is why today the all party parliamentary group on hydrogen is convening a Hydrogen Showcase to demonstrate to ministers, MPs and peers the global-leading projects taking place in the UK to develop hydrogen technology. The showcase will feature the four gas networks, which are working collaboratively to explore options for putting hydrogen into the gas grid. We will have leading representatives from across the transport sector, carbon capture and storage and the Energy and Utilities Alliance to show politicians that hydrogen-ready domestic appliances are being developed here in the UK. The aim of this showcase is to capture the imagination of as many parliamentarians as possible and show that hydrogen is part of our climate change solution. Large-scale conversion to hydrogen has the potential to cut carbon emissions drastically. In the UK, about 30 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions are from the heating of homes and businesses. Converting this gas supply to hydrogen would cut this to zero. The UK has quickly established itself as a world leader in hydrogen technology, and it’s important that the government, parliament, local authorities, business and the unions all work together to maximise this opportunity, and provide a real solution to the important questions being put to us by a public becoming increasingly concerned about climate change.
Times 23rd April 2019 read more »
The 600-acre campus of Keele University in the West Midlands may seem a far cry from the boisterous protests in central London by the climate change protest group Extinction Rebellion. But a year-long experiment that will begin at the university this summer may help the UK inch a step closer to the campaigners’ demands to slash greenhouse gas emissions to net zero. Up to 20 per cent of the gas that serves 130 university buildings at Keele will be made up of hydrogen, one of the greener alternatives to the natural gas that is currently used to heat more than 80 per cent of homes in the UK. The trial, on Keele’s private network of gas pipes, is the first modern, practical experiment in the UK involving a blend of hydrogen and natural gas and will not involve any changes to appliances. Organisations involved in the project, including Cadent Gas and Northern Gas Networks, hope it will be one small step along the path to potentially replacing natural gas with hydrogen altogether to heat buildings.
FT 22nd April 2019 read more »