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The UK’s wind and solar farms could generate 60-80GW of green hydrogen in the Summer and Spring, says report

The UK’s wind and solar farms could generate 60-80GW of green hydrogen in the Summer and Spring, says report

In a new report, excess energy produced from the UK’s solar and wind farms in the Spring snd Summer could produce green hydrogen with a similar capacity to 25 Hinkley Point C nuclear power plants (60-80GW).

According to the Energy Networks Association (ENA) A System for All Seasons report, the UK’s current wind and solar farms would be perfect to produce green hydrogen with that fuel able to then be used as a clean energy supply when demand is high.

This would come primarily in the Spring and Summer, when demand is low, and could support the regions energy shortages in the Winter.

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Renewable hydrogen offers huge potential in the UK with the clean energy carrier seen as the best route out of future energy supply shortages with wind and solar energy able to produce green hydrogen.

As well as this, the UK also has enough capacity to store the hydrogen in a combination of salt caverns and disused oil and gas fields in the North Sea.

Chris Train OBE, ENA Green Gas Champion, said, “This research shows how green hydrogen can provide a clean energy bumper that can protect us from fluctuations on the international energy markets, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – whatever the weather, come rain or sunshine.

“It will also allow us to get the most out of the energy infrastructure that is at the forefront of our renewable revolution, whilst ensuring that we have a net zero energy system that is truly a System For All Seasons.”

US DOE, General Motors, Microsoft and Plug Power

What does the US Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors, Microsoft and Plug Power have in common? They’re all speaking at H2 View’s North American Virtual Hydrogen Event in October. Will you be joining us on October 19?

North America is in a prime position to lead efforts in decarbonisation, but it still has great distances to travel. The region has been giving chase in a race to green hydrogen dominated by Europe and Asia-Pacific. If policymakers and industry can work together and take the right steps to realise a hydrogen vision, the region is perfectly placed to expand its global energy leadership at scale and speed.

What lessons can be learned from Europe’s policymakers? What are the challenges to be overcome? What are the strengths and opportunities? How can North America go from giving chase to taking a lead in hydrogen? These are all questions our virtual event will address across H2 View’s four pillars of Mobility, Power, Policy and Technology.

Further information on the event, agenda and confirmed speakers can be found here.

To book your virtual delegate pass, click here.


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