What could be next for UK hydrogen under a new Prime Minister?

One could be forgiven for overlooking many of the positive initiatives set out during Boris Johnson’s stint as leader of the UK, given a two-year long battle with the Covid-19 pandemic and high-profile scandals that latterly dogged his time in office.

Nevertheless, in the years of the Johnson Premiership, the UK has seen a significant push to develop and deploy a range of hydrogen technologies. With millions of pounds having been made available for pilot projects, and the doubling of the low-carbon hydrogen production goal to 10GW by 2030, despite his tenuous tenure in office, it would be difficult to say that the UK’s hydrogen industry is not in better shape than before Johnson took residence in Number 10.

The current UK hydrogen strategy saw from the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) forecast that by 2050, the nation could require between 250-460TWh of hydrogen to delivery up to a third of final energy consumption[1]. In order to meet the target, the BEIS launched the £60m Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2 Competition to develop novel supply solutions, announced its intentions to develop a Hydrogen Business Model, launched the £240m Net Zero Hydrogen Fund, and planned to establish a Low Carbon Hydrogen Standard.

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