Using ‘green’ hydrogen for heating would significantly reduce the UK’s CO2 emissions, a new report has found – but only if matched with development of significant carbon capture and storage (CCS) facilities. The Leeds City Gate project report outlines the benefits of replacing natural gas in the city’s gas grid with ‘green’ hydrogen – a solution which could be rolled out to the rest of the country. The two year project, undertaken by Northern Gas Networks, Kiwa Gastec, Amec Foster Wheeler and Wales & West Utilities, assessed the prospects for using hydrogen in place of natural gas for cooking in heating – beginning in Leeds and eventually covering the entire UK. However, the report points out that generating hydrogen from fossil fuels would require that the CO2 generated during this process be securely stored in order for the hydrogen to be truly low carbon. An alternative method of producing hydrogen from water using electricity would be far more expensive – even if generated using renewable energy.
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