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The Hy-Impact series of 4 studies shows the role of hydrogen and CCS in reaching net-zero emissions

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The 4 ‘Hy-Impact’ reports for Equinor outline the opportunity for hydrogen in the UK net-zero transition, including technical and economic perspectives.

The Hy-Impact series of studies explores the technical and economic impacts of deploying hydrogen and CCS technologies in the UK. Blue hydrogen is capable of decarbonising industry, heat, transport and power.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The studies assess aspects from job creation to emissions reduction, and hydrogen production to its end-use, including complementing renewables in the power sector. The studies were carried out for Equinor, a long-term energy investor in the UK in a broad range of areas and also the country’s largest supplier of natural gas.

The studies aimed to answer a number of remaining questions around hydrogen deployment in the UK and concluded that:

  • Hydrogen and CCS deployment could enable over 200,000 jobs and could add £18 billion to the UK economy in 2050.
  • There is sufficient bioenergy to enable large-scale net-negative hydrogen production in the UK, through blending of biomethane into the reformer feedstock.
  • Hydrogen and CCS power technologies can cost-effectively replace planned nuclear and unabated gas power plants, while reducing electricity grid carbon intensity by 24%.
  • The Yorkshire and Humber region could represent an opportunity for development of an early hydrogen economy.

Click on the covers below to read our full reports

Hy-Impact summary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hydrogen for economic growth

Net-zero hydrogen production

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hydrogen for power

H2 in Yorkshire & Humber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plans are already developing in the UK to deploy hydrogen and CCS at scale and realise the associated benefits. For example, Drax Group, Equinor and National Grid Ventures announced the Zero Carbon Humber partnership earlier this year, aiming to deliver the UK’s first zero carbon cluster in the Yorkshire and Humber region; this would help position the UK at the heart of the global energy revolution. The proposed hydrogen demonstrator and test facility could be constructed as early as 2026, with scale-up and supply to regional end-users to follow.

For further information on the Hy-Impact series, please contact Emrah Durusut Emrah.Durusut@element-energy.co.uk. Click here for further information on the Zero Carbon Humber initiative.

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