More use of hydrogen in energy systems is increasingly held up as important to the transition away from use of fossil fuels, but it is important to analyse exactly where hydrogen is genuinely needed as a clean energy solution and how the necessary technological advances will be funded. Hydrogen has a role to play in the energy transition. Establishing the exact nature of that role is progressing. The IEA reports that around 100 electrolyser projects were commissioned in 2015-2019, with an average size of around 1 MW. Economies of scale will bring down costs, but more focused action by governments will avoid the risk of money being wasted on boosting the use of green hydrogen in applications where more value is provided by alternative energy solutions being used directly.
Foresight 27th Feb 2020 read more »
A new consortium has this week unveiled ambitious plans to build Europe’s largest green hydrogen production ‘mega-facility’, which would source offshore wind power to produce zero emission hydrogen at a new site on the Dutch coast. The Netherlands arm of oil giant Shell, gas infrastructure specialist Gasunie, and Groningen Seaports yesterday officially launched the NortH2 project, confirming plans to harness up to 10GW of offshore wind power by 2040so as to produce 800,000 tonnes a year of green hydrogen.
Business Green 28th Feb 2020 read more »