The UK’s push towards blue hydrogen

As the UK transitions towards a greener and more sustainable energy landscape, carbon capture and storage (CCS)-enabled hydrogen is positioned to emerge as a pivotal technology. It will meet the nation’s increasing demand for clean hydrogen while contributing to its broader climate objectives. Integrating this technology into hydrogen production processes can significantly reduce emissions, making blue hydrogen a compelling option for industries aiming to decarbonise while ensuring energy security.

To expedite this transition, the UK’s Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) awarded £13m ($16.5m) to fund two hydrogen projects led by the HyNet consortium in the Northwest. The UK Energy Secretary further recently granted a Development Consent Order (DCO) for the HyNet Northwest carbon dioxide (CO2) pipeline. The first project involves Johnson Matthey (JM) as the technology provider, Kent (former SNC-Lavalin) as the project delivery specialist, Essar Oil and Progressive Energy joint venture EET Hydrogen as the project manager, and Essar Oil UK as the operator.

The second project focuses on live trials of hydrogen fuelling and includes regional businesses such as Unilever, Essar Oil UK, and Pilkington. Both projects, developed by Progressive Energy, aim to establish blue hydrogen as a crucial technology for meeting the UK’s growing demand for clean energy while advancing its climate goals.

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