“Greener-than-green hydrogen” costing the same as grey H2 from unabated fossil fuels is set to be produced at a record-breaking facility in California by the end of 2022, in what could be a game changer for the rapidly developing sector. Washington DC-based start-up SGH2 — emerging from stealth mode today — says its method of extracting hydrogen from waste, using plasma torches, will produce H2 at $2 per kilogram — five to six times cheaper than standard green hydrogen from renewables and at the same cost as the cheapest grey hydrogen available today. SGH2 describes its hydrogen as “greener than green” as it uses biomass-based waste that would otherwise rot in landfills and emit methane, a greenhouse gas 84 times more potent than CO2 over a 20-year period. It thus calculates its carbon intensity as negative 188kg of CO2 equivalent per megajoule, compared to 20kg for coal-derived H2 and zero for standard green hydrogen.
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Renewables could provide more than three quarters of the UK’s power needs by mid-century, according to a report published today by trade body RenewableUK that touts the critical role wind energy expansion and green hydrogen development will play in the country’s net zero transition. Entitled Powering the Future: RenewableUK’s Vision of the Transition, the report joins a wave of recent studies detailing how the government could deliver on the country’s 2050 net zero ambition while driving a green recovery from the coronavirus crisis. According to RenewableUK’s analysis, wind will be one of the dominant players in the UK’s energy transition, with the report predicting that installed capacity could surge six-fold to more than 120GW by 2050. The group warned the right policy environment is required to spur this boom and recommended the government increase the frequency of auctions for clean power contracts so that they are held annually. It also urged the government to introduce more targeted support for innovative renewable technologies, such as floating wind, wind and tidal power, and green hydrogen facilities, which are not yet able to compete with more established power sources. With the right policies, the UK’s offshore wind industry could reach 40GW by 2030 – which would cover one-third of UK’s electricity demand – rising to 90GW by 2050, the report predicts.
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