UK must invest in hydrogen graduates to become world leader

The UK must invest in producing more graduates specialising in renewable technologies such as hydrogen if it’s to cement itself as a global leader in the sector, a noted professor said on Thursday.

Professor Joe Howe, Executive Director of the Thornton Energy Research Institute at the University of Chester, says that in order for the UK to innovate new hydrogen technologies in years to come, it needs to produce more experts with the knowledge and skills to develop and research new breakthroughs.

His comments came as more than 40 world-leading academics from across the country in the fields of low-carbon energy, renewables, the environment, transport and climate change, back calls by cross-industry group Hydrogen Strategy Now for the government to lay the foundations of a UK-wide hydrogen strategy before it is too late.

There are 41 businesses backing Hydrogen Strategy Now, which employ around 100,000 people and have a value of £100bn in the UK. They are ready to invest up to £1.5bn in hydrogen projects and create thousands of jobs across the country.

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