100% RUK Hydrogen position statement

We say Yes to hydrogen for: Energy storage for ‘excess output’ from windfarms and other big renewables in remote locations (BIG YES) Shipping fuel We say No to hydrogen for: Domestic heating (energy density issue, distribution issues, need for replacement boilers, cost to householders) Anything to do with fossil fuels, CCS or nuclear (for obvious … Continue reading “100% RUK Hydrogen position statement”

Heating bills set for threefold increase to pay for blue hydrogen

Reports suggest that domestic heating bills are likely to soar upwards to around three times their current average rate in order to pay for so-called ‘blue hydrogen’ supplies. Blue hydrogen is produced from natural gas with a large proportion of the carbon dioxide captured and stored. As a technology it is competing for public funding … Continue reading “Heating bills set for threefold increase to pay for blue hydrogen”

Government slashes energy efficiency spending to pay for small nuclear power and hydrogen

A leading energy efficiency champion, Andrew Warren, has alleged that the Government is slashing its energy efficiency programme by 80 per cent. The Government’s ten point plan to tackle the climate emergency includes large amounts of money to pave the way for a programme of ‘small modular reactors’ (SMRs) and payments to gas interests to … Continue reading “Government slashes energy efficiency spending to pay for small nuclear power and hydrogen”

European Marine Energy Centre heralds a triple first project – flow battery, tidal power and hydrogen!

Just how many innovations can you pack into a project? Well not many more than the tidal power-flow battery hydrogen project that is set to be deployed at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney! But perhaps newest of all, it is an important step forward towards developing techniques, in this case flow batteries, to … Continue reading “European Marine Energy Centre heralds a triple first project – flow battery, tidal power and hydrogen!”

Green hydrogen sidelined as blue hydrogen is set for green light

The oil and gas industry is poised to gain several tens of millions of pounds for what will turn out to be mainly a license to carry on generating carbon dioxide. A flagship ‘blue hydrogen’ scheme, that is one involving production of hydrogen from natural gas and removing part of the carbon dioxide, is to … Continue reading “Green hydrogen sidelined as blue hydrogen is set for green light”

BP pushes ‘blue’ hydrogen at the expense of renewable hydrogen using inflated projections for hydrogen market

  BP is trying to boost production of ‘blue’ hydrogen from natural gas and limit output of ‘green’ hydrogen from renewable energy. It is trying to do this using grossly inflated projections of future hydrogen use and thus claim there will not be enough renewable energy to sustain a global net zero economy. However green … Continue reading “BP pushes ‘blue’ hydrogen at the expense of renewable hydrogen using inflated projections for hydrogen market”

EDF tries to hide its massive state subsidies behind a hydrogen smokescreen

  by David Toke EDF are trying to bamboozle ministers to back a scheme that would pay EDF massive subsidies and premium prices to produce hydrogen that renewable energy would generate for less than half the cost. EDF are scrabbling for PR tricks to obscure the fact that they are asking for a blank cheque … Continue reading “EDF tries to hide its massive state subsidies behind a hydrogen smokescreen”

Alarm! Politicians are being hoodwinked by the gas industry to back blue hydrogen for domestic heating

By David Toke 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. … Continue reading “Alarm! Politicians are being hoodwinked by the gas industry to back blue hydrogen for domestic heating”

Blue Hydrogen – a Trojan Horse from Big Oil and Gas

The announcement by the German Government that their hydrogen strategy will include support for so-called blue hydrogen as a transitional measure must be regarded as a huge setback for a sustainable energy transition. Essentally what is being proposed is the propping up of oil and gas rather than the alternative – an energy efficient decentralised … Continue reading “Blue Hydrogen – a Trojan Horse from Big Oil and Gas”

Say no to ‘blue’, fossil fuel, hydrogen

Blue Hydrogen – an implausible alternative to renewable energy Blue hydrogen, that is hydrogen produced from fossil fuels (in practice usually natural gas), is hydrogen produced in circumstances where the carbon in the fossil fuel feedstock is captured and stored (carbon capture and storage, or ccs). But this is not a substitute for energy from … Continue reading “Say no to ‘blue’, fossil fuel, hydrogen”

Hydrogen?

Lots of books and briefings have extolled the virtues of using hydrogen as a fuel, but although it certainly has promise in a renewable energy economy, it should not be seen as a cure-all. It is just an energy carrier, and not a feul source in itself. As such we should consider whether it can … Continue reading “Hydrogen?”

Community Solar hits the big time!

Brighton Energy Cooperative is surging ahead to make community energy into big business as it plans big solar power developments. It may herald a wider move of community energy companies into organising projects with local businesses. Brighton Energy Cooperative (BEC) has already organised 62 different solar pv arrays in a variety of different businesses, schools … Continue reading “Community Solar hits the big time!”

Ever bigger wind turbines will lead to power price plunge

Ever bigger offshore wind turbines will plunge wind power prices below wholesale power prices. Even as a contract was being announced for GE Renewables to supply 14 MW wind turbines to SSE/Equinor’s Dogger Bank C site, plans were being progressed to test even larger machines, perhaps 20MW by a German research company. Such turbines could … Continue reading “Ever bigger wind turbines will lead to power price plunge”

How much of the UK’s area will be taken up with 100 per cent renewable energy?

Most, if not all, of UK energy supplied under a 100 per cent renewable scenario could be generated using less than 7 per cent of the UK’s surrounding waters for offshore wind farms. Estimates of the annual amount of energy needed under a (2050)  net zero carbon scenario vary from around 1200 TWh (Friends of … Continue reading “How much of the UK’s area will be taken up with 100 per cent renewable energy?”