The roll out of hydrogen energy storage could see the UK “meet low-carbon targets with 10GW less nuclear capacity” an energy heavyweight has claimed. Speaking at a Westminster energy forum, Imperial College London professor of energy systems Goran Strbac said that increasing the flexibility of the electricity grid through hydrogen storage could mean the UK needs fewer nuclear power plants.
New Civil Engineer 21st June 2019 read more »
RAIL passengers in the UK will be travelling on eco-friendly trains powered only by hydrogen “within two or three years”. The prediction came as a new hydrogen train, the HydroFlex, was tested for the first time on a dedicated test track in Warwickshire. It emits only water and developers believe it will be pivotal in achieving the UK Government’s key environmental target of phasing out diesel-fuelled trains within 20 years.
Herald 20th June 2019 read more »
Some energy technology people and strategic investors are fiddling with liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHCs). These are fluids that store energy such as renewables generation or nuclear power in the form of hydrogen. Hydrogen can be generated from clean electricity or heat using a range of well-understood processes. The trick is storing it. LOHCs can readily pick up hydrogen atoms in one set of reactions (hydrogenation), then be used to transport the hydrogen safely at ambient temperatures and pressures. The hydrogen can then be released (dehydrogenation) at the place you want to burn it for heat. That could be the fuel intake for an auto or truck engine, or a conventional power plant. Now, though, power costs are rising in early-adopter places such as California and Germany, as the full cost of renewable energy integration soaks into bills and budgets. Tesla stock is down. Battery “breakthroughs” are receding from the imagination. Even so, climate regulation is here. Hydrogen-based energy projects will attract money. Some could work out better than many battery start-ups have.
FT 21st June 2019 read more »