Does hydrogen storage in fossil reservoirs hold the key to Britain’s energy crisis? The UK has enough wind and solar capacity to support green hydrogen production to the equivalent capacity of 25 Hinkley Point C nuclear power plants, according to new research. Renewable hydrogen stored in former oil and gas fields could help Britain avoid energy supply shortages. That’s according to new research by the Energy Networks Association (ENA), which says the UK has wind and solar to generate enough spare electricity between May and October to produce green hydrogen to the equivalent capacity of 25 Hinkley Point C nuclear power plants. That amount of hydrogen could then be stored in disused oil and gas reservoirs and salt caverns to help the grid meet the high demand expected in winter. The trade body estimated the stored hydrogen would provide the same amount of energy needed for every person in the UK to charge a Tesla Model S electric vehicle more than 21 times, in the autumn and winter months when energy demand is highest.
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Excess solar and wind could generate between 60-80GW of renewable hydrogen, helping Britain to avoid future energy supply crunches. This is the chief finding of new research from the Energy Networks Association (ENA), which analysed Britain’s electricity generation and consumption trends. It examined the seasonal storage required for an energy system that can meet the stretching demands of the coldest winter days but remain utilised for the rest of the year, identifying hydrogen as a key element of this. Spare wind and solar electricity generated in the spring and summer months could generate between 60-80GW of renewable hydrogen. This would reduce the need for the total electricity generating capacity of wind farms from 500GW-600GW by 2050 to 140GW-190GW, a reduction of up to 75%. This is because it will ensure electricity generated by Britain’s wind farms is used as efficiently as possible by avoiding surplus electricity going to waste.
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