A mixture of green hydrogen produced by surplus solar and wind power and bio-methane coming from farms and waste food will ensure the British gas industry a carbon-free future in 30 years, according to the country’s gas network operators. The ambitious plans for the first carbon-free gas grid in the world have been declared both technically possible and one of the less expensive options in solving the tricky problem of how to heat UK homes, office buildings and factories, said to be the most difficult task in decarbonising the energy system. The programme, called Gas Goes Green, involves using the existing gas networks that supply 85% of Britain’s homes, as well as business and industry − but converting boilers and other appliances to use hydrogen. Although the plan is ambitious, its authors, the Energy Networks Association (ENA), which includes the transmission and distribution operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland, point out that a similar programme was carried out in the 1970s to convert the entire British gas grid from supplying coal gas to natural gas. The plan, which involves 23 million properties, will be closely watched across the rest of Europe and in many other developed countries that have extensive gas networks.
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BloombergNEF’s Kobad Bhavnagri joins the Energy Insiders podcast to discuss his in-depth report on the hydrogen economy, and in particular the opportunities for Australia. Two key themes emerge from the Hydrogen Economy Outlook – that the economics of exporting hydrogen as a fuel are not so flash, and Australia will have to look at further “added value” such as green metals and manufacturing. And the economics, and the emissions, are likely to favour green hydrogen – using wind and solar – rather than hydrogen generated from coal plants with carbon capture.
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