Large-scale hydrogen storage supports the rise of renewables and helps local authorities, transport companies and electricity suppliers achieve net zero, Mark Griffin, Hydrogen Market Development Manager for Clean Fuels, BOC, explains in an interview with Joanna Sampson.
Hydrogen-powered vehicles are increasingly seen as an attractive option by councils and local authorities in the UK seeking to decarbonise transport. These vehicles offer a similar range to their petrol or diesel equivalents and when the hydrogen is produced by electrolysis powered by renewables, are entirely emission free. But when hydrogen transport is combined with large-scale storage, it can play a much bigger role in cutting carbon emissions.
The UK needs to increase its capacity for renewable generation from 2019 figures by about 100GW to reach its target of net zero by 2050, according to the National Grid Future Energy Scenario. But renewable sources of energy are reliant on weather patterns and characteristically intermittent, which makes it harder for electricity suppliers to balance supply and demand.
“This is where large scale hydrogen storage facilities come in. By storing surplus renewable energy, they can help to balance the grid – a win-win situation for all parties,” Mark Griffin (pictured right), BOC’s Hydrogen Market Development Manager for Clean Fuels, told H2 View. “Electricity suppliers get the flexibility they need, hydrogen storage operators receive financial rewards for grid balancing, and the price of clean hydrogen fuel for transport comes down for everyone.”
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