As we work towards net zero carbon emissions we have to consider all technologies and processes available to us in order to sustain and support domestic and industrial energy needs. Hydrogen can be used as a low carbon fuel in various circumstances. The combustion of hydrogen releases only clean water and so a whole economy is evolving around that particular fuel to help to serve our energy needs.
Hydrogen can be used in manufacturing processes such as for chemicals and iron and steel. It can more widely be used in the transportation sector and has the potential to transport renewable energy long-distance and store it long term.
It is inevitable that hydrogen has a major part to play in the energy mix. It offers flexibility for use during transition periods to new technologies and the ultimate objective of being green in itself, where it can be produced using renewable energy. It can also boost the economy by attracting new talent and upskilling workforces as well as exporting knowledge and established supply chains.
We are working closely with developers, lenders, technology providers and other key industry players such as the North West Hydrogen Alliance and the Thornton Energy Institute to implement hydrogen-based energy projects.