The hydrogen revolution is marvellous chance for Britain, if it does not throw away the prize. Big Finance is sizing up the opportunities that the gas can offer with Britain in pole position to benefit. The stars are aligned for the economic take-off of clean hydrogen. After three false starts in fifty years, the technology is ripe. The politics of climate change are about to unleash a shock wave of global investment. Vast increases in scale will slash the cost of production over the next decade, mimicking the gains already seen at varying stages in wind, solar, electric vehicles and energy storage. The Australians came out with their national hydrogen strategy last November, sketching a new order where cheap hydrogen from solar farms in the Western Australia replaces the lost output of dying coal. The European Commission unveiled its gigantic plan last week, calling for outlays of €240-380 billion by 2030. It includes a 40 gigawatt (GW) blitz of electolysers for pure green hydrogen by the end of this decade. As it happens, the world’s biggest producer of polymer membrane (PEM) electrolysers able to split water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen fast enough to buttress wind and solar, and at the necessary pressure, happens to be a British firm: ITM Power in Sheffield Its share price has risen by 1,500pc in fifteen months, while unreformed oil majors continue their death spiral. The British public may not be aware, but this country is a world leader in what is about to become the dominant energy force of the 21st Century, so long as the Government does not throw away the bonanza. The broad story is by now well known. Hydrogen will start to displace diesel in long-haul lorries, buses, and trains in the mid 2020s, using existing fuel cell technology. It will be blended with natural gas for the heating of buildings up to a limit of around 20pc using existing infrastructure. This is very low-hanging fruit on the path to net-zero, though it needs a change in UK law. Blue hydrogen is made from natural gas, mitigated by carbon capture, use and storage. It is not zero-carbon and is not a long-run solution, but it cuts most emissions and is much cheaper today than green hydrogen made from wind and solar. The advantage will switch as renewable power falls to $20 MW/h and mass production slashes the cost of electrolysers. BNEF thinks green will undercut blue in the end. However, right now blue is ready to go, another low-hanging fruit. “We could build this very rapidly in the UK as soon as 2023 or 2024,” said Professor Stuart Hazeldine from Edinburgh University.
Telegraph 15th July 2020 read more »
Hydrogen tech firm Logan Energy has been selected to deliver a unique green hydrogen production and refuelling unit that turns water into transport fuel; the first of its kind in North West England. Harnessing electricity produced from solar PV panels, the refuelling unit will use an electrolyser supplied by gas generation experts ErreDue UK, splitting water to produce green hydrogen fuel.
Energy Voice 16th July 2020 read more »
LOGAN Energy, the Edinburgh-based clean energy firm, has been selected to deliver a hydrogen refuelling station that turns water into transport fuel. It supports the roll-out of dual-fuel hydrogen waste-disposal trucks in England, targeted because of their high emissions and specifically converted to tackle air quality objectives. The firm said the project builds on its track record of delivering hydrogen technology across the UK and Europe and Scotland’s growing reputation as leaders in the hydrogen industry. The £1 million project, led by Cheshire East Council and Storengy UK, demonstrates the potential to turn water sources into clean, low-carbon energy and is the first of its kind in north west England.
Herald 16th July 2020 read more »