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Hydrogen and fuel cells can deliver secure, affordable and sustainable energy and boost UK economic growth

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The UK is already among world leaders in developing hydrogen energy systems, according to a new study. The report, “Hydrogen and Fuel Cells: Opportunities for Growth: A Roadmap for the UK”, provides an overarching industrial strategy for hydrogen and fuel cells to play a greater role in the UK’s energy mix.

Hydrogen could bring significant benefits to energy systems, to heat homes and businesses, to power vehicles, to balance intermittent renewables, and widespread adoption of efficient fuel cells could deliver a range of policy objectives. The principle benefits outlined in the report are:

  • Environmental benefits: Adoption of hydrogen and fuel cells in the various applications described in the report will improve air quality today, and following the actions described in the roadmap could reduce UK CO2 emissions by tens of millions of tonnes per year before 2050.
  • Economic benefits: For the level of activity anticipated in this report by 2025, tens of millions of pounds and 1,000s of jobs would be created directly in the supply chain. These would then underpin future growth in key UK manufacturing sectors such as automotive and energy-intensive industries as the world adopts tighter environmental targets.

Accompanying the UK national roadmap, is an appendix describing the strategies for success in 11 key market segments where the UK has the potential to show leadership.

This is an independent report commissioned by Innovate UK, The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Transport Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Government, The UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (UKHFCA), the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA) and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN).

The full report is available here, and the appendix containing mini roadmaps is available here.

For further information please contact ben.madden@element-energy.co.uk or edward.boyd@element-energy.co.uk.

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