The 5GW UK hydrogen target: A hugely important step – H2 View talks to ITM Power

The UK’s £12bn 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution, which includes moves to boost hydrogen production, with the promise of a town heated entirely by hydrogen by the end of the decade, was unveiled in November by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The blueprint clearly backs hydrogen, with proposals to generate 5GW of “low carbon hydrogen” production capacity by 2030 – enough to power about 1.5 million homes – for industry, transport, power and homes.

To deliver on this, the Prime Minister announced up to £500m of funding, including trialling homes using hydrogen for heating and cooking, starting with a hydrogen neighbourhood in 2023, moving to a hydrogen village by 2025, with an aim for a hydrogen town – equivalent to tens of thousands of homes – before the end of the decade.

Of this funding, £240m will go into new hydrogen production facilities, the UK Government confirmed.

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