Electrolyser capacity is set to increase from 0.2GW worldwide today to 213.5GW by 2040, a thousand-fold increase, according to Aurora Energy Research. Its research found that the majority of this new capacity (85%) is to be located in Europe. Germany has clinched the top spot with 23% of planned electrolyser capacity, remaining the most attractive market for low carbon hydrogen investment in Europe despite what Aurora described as promising policies and strategies coming out of the UK, Italy and Poland. In the UK, the Ten Point Plan promised up to £500 million to trial the use of hydrogen for heating and cooking, while the National Infrastructure Strategy unveiled a £240 million Net Zero Hydrogen Fund set to support both blue hydrogen and green hydrogen. The UK currently has a pipeline of 4GW, with the Netherlands having 6GW and Germany having 9GW, all scheduled to be operational by 2040.
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Hydrogen and hydrogen-based fuels will not be able to move forward fast enough to replace fossil fuels and tackle climate change, according to a German-Swiss research team that claims direct electrification alternatives are cheaper and easier to implement. The scientists cite too-high prices, short-term scarcity and long-term uncertainty, as the main reasons for their skepticism. “If we use hydrogen-based fuels instead of direct electrification alternatives, two to 14 times the amount of electricity generation is needed, depending on the application and the respective technologies,” explained research co-author Romain Sacchi. “Efficiency losses happen both on the supply side, in the production process of the hydrogen-based fuels, and on the demand side – a combustion engine wastes a lot more energy than an electrical one.” The academics defined the current race for green or blue hydrogen and e-fuels as a “potential distraction” from the task of electrifying the global economy, which they claim is more urgent as well as cheaper and easier to achieve.
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