Hydrogen Mobility Ireland, a co-ordinated group of industrial companies and policy stakeholders dedicated to developing a strategy to deploy hydrogen transportation in Ireland, has released a report to help achieve its goals.
Commissioned by Element Energy, Hydrogen Mobility Ireland was set up in 2009 to achieve three main objectives:
- To develop a strategy to introduce hydrogen vehicles and related infrastructure into Ireland between 2019 and 2030.
- Set out the business case for industry actors to invest in a profitable hydrogen mobility market in Ireland.
- Understand the policies required for the hydrogen mobility market to grow in Ireland.
Titled, A Hydrogen Roadmap for Irish Transport, 2020-2030, the report highlights what hydrogen mobility can achieve in Ireland over the next ten years.
The organisation believes that now is an excellent time for Ireland to develop a hydrogen strategy due to the growing momentum behind modern day hydrogen technologies.
Highlighting the increased momentum behind hydrogen, the report explains the cost of hydrogen powered vehicles and infrastructure is falling quickly due to popularity, meaning Ireland will be able to skip small scale demonstration projects and immediately begin production of projects at scale which can be profitable for investors.
Explaining Hydrogen Mobility Irelands goals, the report also highlights the organisations plan of action in making their hopes for Ireland a reality. According to the report, an initial deployment phase (phase 1) suggests a deployment of three refuelling stations and two production sites to support a fleet of 30 buses, 50 cars and 10 vans.
Hydrogen Mobility Ireland believes its intentions for Phase 1 would serve as a catalyst for the deployment of hydrogen in Ireland and would require significant support.
According to the report, this would have a cost of €34m and would require two main state interventions:
- A capital grant to help match fund the programme of €14m.
- Inclusion of green hydrogen in the Biofuel Obligation Scheme.
Following a successful Phase 1, the project puts forward Phase 2 which runs to 2030, which envisions 76 hydrogen fuelling stations, basic hydrogen refuelling nation coverage for commercial fleets and commuters, and an investment of €250m for all aspects of the hydrogen production train.
The report explains that by 2030 the strategy has the potential to deliver multiple benefits for Ireland, including:
- Hydrogen as a mass market fully zero carbon fuel: Hydrogen can be produced in a number of ways which ensure essentially zero carbon emissions in its entire production chain, meaning the use of hydrogen as a fuel can be a key part of achieving the Republic of Ireland’s plans for decarbonisation
- Cost competitive clean transport: The hydrogen mobility sector is gaining momentum which means the cost of hydrogen vehicles and infrastructure is falling quickly and the number and type of vehicles available is increasing.
- No local pollutant emissions: An added benefit of the use of hydrogen as a fuel is the removal of all local pollutant emissions, meaning switching vehicles to hydrogen leads to cleaner towns and cities.
- A solution for heavy duty transport: Whilst we have seen considerable progress in the use of plug-in battery vehicles for light duty vehicles, these solutions do not appear viable for high use and heavy vehicle types. Hydrogen offers a solution for decarbonising vehicles.
- Direct benefits for the Irish economy: Currently, Irish transport fuel is important from oil producing nations, meaning much of the value of transport fuel does not benefit Ireland. Hydrogen by contrast will be produced domestically, meaning the economic activity association with the production of hydrogen will be kept within Ireland.
- Catalysing other hydrogen energy applications: These are other potential applications for hydrogen in the energy sector, including as a fuel for heating building and an input to a range of industrial processes, where hydrogen could be produced at large scale and distributed using the existing Irish gas system.
The report can be read in full here.