Centrica has announced that it is talking to the Government about using the UK’s largest natural gas storage facility to store hydrogen. Although the stated purpose of the negotiations is to discuss the storage of blue rather than green hydrogen, this is nevertheless a good sign for using hydrogen to store renewable energy. That is because the discussions demonstrate the credibility of the hydrogen storage option. It will, however, be a shame if the Government decides to support continued fossil fuel production to feed the facility with hydrogen rather than link it to green hydrogen production. That will set back the opportunities for green hydrogen to optimise its costs through greater commercial development.
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German industrial engineering and steel production giant Thyssenkrupp will work with German energy company Steag are planning a 500MW hydrogen electrolysis plant intended to power steel production. The HydrOxy Hub Walsum project is expected to be connected to the grid and producing green, renewable-powered hydrogen by as soon as 2025. Set to be built in Walsum, its proximity to Thyssenkrupp’s Duisburg steel production plant will also avoid the need to construct an elaborate supply system, and allow the project and subsequent hydrogen powered steel production to be implemented much quicker.
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