A feasibility study conducted on behalf of global oil giant BP has given a technical tick of approval for a massive green hydrogen and green ammonia project in Western Australia that would require more than four gigawatts of wind and solar capacity.
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Could green hydrogen get over problems caused by opposition to building electricity interconnectors? Windfarms are being delayed and even operating ones forced to shut down sometimes because of delays in securing planning permission for electricity interconnectors. So could green hydrogen production be a solution to this problem? The hydrogen could be produced and used in systems that avoid the need to build interconnectors for the windfarms. The problem of delays in interconnectors is biggest in Germany, but it is also affecting the UK. One solution to all of this could be to avoid the need to build extra electricity connectors by windfarms being built alongside electrolysers. Hydrogen could then be produced which could either be piped ashore or delivered at sea to ships. However, there are fears that in the UK most Government resources will, under pressure from the UK’s oil and gas industry, be put into ‘blue’ hydrogen which relies on promises to remove most of the carbon from natural gas and store it. Meanwhile, green hydrogen is being enthusiastically promoted by the German Government, so much so that the fossil fuel lobbyists are complaining about the lack of attention to ‘blue’ hydrogen. But then Germany does not have much of an indigenous oil and gas industry to throw its weight around. However, other factors cast doubt on how big offshore green hydrogen production will become. First, the market for hydrogen may not be as big as its keenest enthusiasts hope. Outside of motor car racing (where the organisers want something that makes a loud noise) there seems to be dwindling hopes of hydrogen vehicles competing with electric vehicles and other transport solutions. Experts such as Jan Rosenow and others are strongly opposed to hydrogen (whether green or blue in origin) being used in heating. They see heat pump technology as being the prime solution for heating since it is up to 5 times more efficient in its use of energy compared to hydrogen.
100% Renewables 10th Aug 2021 read more »
Winlaton in Gateshead becomes first UK community to receive hydrogen blend in their gas supplies via the public gas network. Almost 670 homes, a school, and a handful of small businesses in a village near Gateshead have been receiving a proportion of hydrogen as part of their gas supplies for heating and cooking over the past fortnight, as part of pioneering trial which kicked off at the beginning of the month. The HyDeploy project has seen hydrogen blended with conventional fossil fuel gas on the local public gas network in Winlaton in order to demonstrate the potential role such blended fuels could play in helping to reduce carbon emissions from the heating of homes and businesses across the UK.
Business Green 10th Aug 2021 read more »