UK funding allows for ‘greater understanding of hydrogen’s role’

Recent Government announcements for further exploration of hydrogen’s role in reaching the UK’s net zero ambitions are vital to understanding its challenges and opportunities, according to Mark Horsley, Chief Executive of Northern Gas Networks (NGN).

In the last two weeks, the Government has confirmed almost £3 million in funding for nine projects as part of its Industrial Hydrogen Accelerator (IHA) programme and launched a £20 million competition for industry to harness the power of hydrogen in new transport projects in the Tees Valley.

Horsley said the funding was vital to allow for greater understanding of hydrogen’s role in future energy needs across a number of sectors.

He said, “The UK faces a number of energy challenges, in terms of cost, supply, energy security and  climate change. We know that hydrogen presents a real opportunity to help achieve net zero by 2050, while also stimulating job creation and green growth, but we also know there are challenges to meet and more work needs to be done.

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