We stand on the point of a genuine energy revolution. Electric vehicles, until very recently the preserve of a small environmentally minded elite, are now a feature of public transport for the first time. The rapid growth and connection of renewable energy, the electrification of transport, the development of technologies which can carry electricity safely and efficiently over huge distances, and a revolution in carbon capture and storage technology have all converged to bring this about. But we need to grasp this opportunity to really make it work and to do that we need joined up thinking: from government and from industry. Hydrogen offers a potentially attractive alternative for heating, electricity generation and transport applications. There do remain hurdles though, such as the need to generate a suitable, cost-efficient distribution infrastructure for hydrogen and the ability to produce hydrogen through zero carbon – or carbon captured – routes. The Government has been clear that nuclear power will also play its part in the energy mix, and is currently examining the potential for small modular reactors (SMRs) to work alongside – rather than replace – the more traditional nuclear plants. This could be a real opportunity for the UK to take the lead in what may become a global phenomenon, and its potential cannot be lightly dismissed.
Telegraph 10th May 2018 read more »