As governments increasingly turn to hydrogen as a clean energy source, IFE Chief Executive Steve Hamm reports on the safety implications and appeals to fire engineers to help shape a consistent approach to better inform legislation and regulations.
Earlier this month the UK government announced its Energy Security Strategy, with a commitment for a £375m support package to spur the development of innovative energy technologies including nuclear, wind, solar and hydrogen as part of efforts to lower the UK’s carbon emissions and shore up energy security.
The new financial package includes £240m to support the production of ‘clean’ hydrogen. There are two approaches to producing hydrogen: blue hydrogen (produced by splitting natural gas into hydrogen and carbon dioxide) and green hydrogen (produced by splitting water via electrolysis into hydrogen and oxygen).
Green hydrogen requires a large energy input from a renewable source, but blue hydrogen cannot be described as a zero-emission fuel source.
The aim is to have up to 2GW of green hydrogen production capacity by 2025 and up to 10GW installed by 2030.
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