Achievement proves low carbon hydrogen is a viable option to decarbonise of carbon-intensive glass manufacturing sector, according to partners behind trail-blazing scheme. Sheet glass has been produced using hydrogen fuel at a plant near Liverpool, in an achievement that has been touted by developers as a world first and a major milestone in industrial manufacturing’s transition towards net zero emissions. Progressive Energy, one of a raft of companies involved in the HyNet project to decarbonise industrial sites in the North West, announced this morning that hydrogen fuel had successfully replaced fossil gas in the manufacture of float glass at a facility owned by Pilkington UK in the town of St Helen’s in Merseyside. The achievement is believed to be the first full-scale, 100 per cent hydrogen trial on a float glass line. While the hydrogen provided for the demonstation project at St Helen’s was provided by industrial gas giant BOC, the HyNet project wants local industry to ultimately transition from fossil fuels by purchasing ‘blue’ hydrogen produced at a plant planned at an oil and gas refinery owned by Essar near Stanlow that will make the fuel using fossil gas and carbon capture technology.
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Nicola Terry, of Cambridge Carbon Footprint, has blogged about Heat pumps or hydrogen: How to decarbonise heating”. We recommend you read her blog, including useful references, in full. She explains why hydrogen is not a sensible option for heating homes. This page summarises her key points.
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Best is the enemy of good in the ferociously polarised debate over net-zero. Green purists are waging guerrilla warfare against Britain’s “blue” hydrogen plan, deeming it a sell-out to the fossil industry, a licence to pollute forever, and an unforgivable environmental fraud on the eve of the COP26 summit. The Government’s strategy to kick start the putative hydrogen economy relies on “twin track” backing for both the blue variant produced from natural gas with carbon capture and storage (CCS), as well as the more saintly “green” variant produced from wind and solar power through electrolysis.
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