Hydrogen can meet up to half of Great Britain’s final energy demand by 2050, report says

A new report by energy market analytics firm Aurora Energy Research has found that hydrogen can meet up to half of Great Britain’s final energy demand by 2050, providing an important pathway to reaching UK’s ambitious Net Zero targets.

According to the report, both blue hydrogen (produced from natural gas after reforming to remove carbon content) and green hydrogen (produced by using power to electrolyse water) are expected to play an important role, providing up to 480TWh of hydrogen, or around 45% of Great Britain’s final energy demand by 2050.

The scale of hydrogen demand across the economy is an important factor that will shape the relative share of blue and green hydrogen.

If deployment is limited to hard-to-electrify sectors, like steel and chemicals, supply from green hydrogen using low-carbon power can meet a significant part of the demand.

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