Michael Liebreich: Clean hydrogen will have to win its way into the economy, use case by use case. It could do so on its merits, or it could do so because of supportive policy (including carbon prices). But it will have to do so in competition with every other clean technology that could solve the same problem. And that is where the dreams of the hydrogen economy hit reality: in almost all use cases there is a good reason why hydrogen is not currently used – because other solutions are cheaper, simpler, safer or more convenient. What The Clean Hydrogen Ladder (version 4.0) does is summarise in a single, simple graphic, my view of where clean hydrogen is sure to be part of a net zero future – starting with where we currently use grey, or polluting hydrogen – and where there are almost certainly other and better solutions – generally direct electrification and batteries.
Renew Economy 20th Aug 2021 read more »
Oil companies have used false claims over the cost of producing fossil fuel hydrogen to win over the Treasury and access billions in taxpayer subsidies, according to the outgoing hydrogen lobby boss. Chris Jackson quit as the chair of a leading hydrogen industry association earlier this week ahead of a government strategy paper featuring support for “blue hydrogen”, which is derived from fossil gas and produces carbon emissions. He told the Guardian he could no longer lead an industry association that includes oil companies backing blue hydrogen projects, because the schemes are “not sustainable” and “make no sense at all”. The government’s strategy for the sector, announced this week, was criticised by environmental groups for taking a twin track approach, giving equal weight to blue hydrogen and “green hydrogen”, which has no negative climate impact because it uses renewable electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.
Guardian 20th Aug 2021 read more »
The chair of the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (UK HFCA) has quit, saying he cannot support the body’s support for so-called “blue hydrogen”, which scientists have warned could not only boost emissions of greenhouse gases but also “lock in” dependency on them. He described the technology as “an expensive distraction” which could ultimately serve to undermine critical climate targets. Chris Jackson’s resignation came hours before the UK government unveiled its new “Hydrogen Strategy”, which said it would take a “twin track” approach to the fuel, and use both “green hydrogen” made with energy from renewable resources, and “blue carbon”, which is made from gas.
Independent 18th Aug 2021 read more »