Alarm! Politicians are being hoodwinked by the gas industry to back blue hydrogen for domestic heating. The natural gas industry has scored a success in persuading the Environmental Audit Committee to back its plans for using hydrogen to substitute for natural gas in domestic heating. But this spells disaster! Even if the hydrogen came from renewable energy this would still be a colossal waste of renewable energy resources. But the reality is much worse! The Chairman of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee Philip Dunne has written to the Energy Minister Alok Sharma to say that ‘Witnesses also told us of the potential for hydrogen to form part of the solution for decarbonising domestic heating and it is important that the (hydrogen) strategy provides a clear steer on the role of hydrogen in this sector’. Well the only steer we need is one that is well away from using hydrogen to supply domestic heating!
100% Renewables 7th Aug 2020 read more »
Making households net-zero should be the priority, not hydrogen. The EU recently produced a report addressing its strategy for delivering net zero carbon emissions by 2050 – Powering a climate-neutral economy: An EU Strategy for Energy System Integration. The EU strategy tackles emissions by reducing the amount of energy consumed by buildings and industry, while converting as many appliances that rely on fossil fuels to electrical alternatives – batteries and heat pumps. Hydrogen has a place in the EU strategy when energy efficiency and electrification are not feasible or cost effective. A large number of organisations are touting the Hydrogen Economy as key to net zero. This is typified by a recent Telegraph article – ‘The hydrogen revolution is a marvellous chance for Britain, if it does not throw away the prize.’
Energy Voice 4th Aug 2020 read more »