A report commissioned by the European Climate Foundation suggests a fossil fuel-free energy system in Europe by 2050 should largely rely on smart electrification and energy efficiency. Green hydrogen deployment, the report finds, would require prohibitively expensive infrastructure investment. Green hydrogen has been lauded as a solution to power output shortfalls from weather-dependent renewables and as a storage solution for year-round renewable energy. However, the energy source may not be the cheapest clean energy option. Smart electrification of space heating and cooling, mobility and industrial processes – combined with energy efficiency measures – could turn out 36% cheaper than green hydrogen at scale. That was the finding of the Towards fossil-free energy in 2050 report published by consultants Element Energy and Cambridge Econometrics, and commissioned by low-carbon lobby group the European Climate Foundation. The aim of the report was to determine the feasibility of having a fossil free energy system in Europe by 2050.
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