Offshore wind farm electricity could be used to make hydrogen

24th August, 2021.      //   General Interest  // 

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Excess electricity generated by offshore wind farms can be wont to produce hydrogen to be used in heating and cars.

Kwasi Kwarteng, the Business and Energy Secretary, is preparing to unveil plans to dramatically increase the employment of low-carbon hydrogen as a part of the country’s target to cut back net gas emissions to zero by 2050.

One option being considered by ministers is subsidising the assembly of the chemical using excess energy generated by offshore wind farms.

The hydrogen strategy, because of be published in the week, is predicted to stipulate government plans for a “twin track” approach to back both green hydrogen, which is created from water using an electrical current, and blue hydrogen, which is formed from fossil fuel.

The document will outline proposals, announced in Boris Johnson’s 10-point plan for net zero, for Britain to possess the capacity to come up with five gigawatts (GW) of low carbon hydrogen by 2030 – although the paper is predicted to disappoint of outlining the precise decide to use excess energy from wind turbines to supply green hydrogen. it’ll instead simply kicked off “a comprehensive package of support” for “green” projects.

The Telegraph has previously revealed how wind farms are paid uncountable pounds every day to change off their turbines and not produce electricity. Often the “constraint payments” are paid to wind park operators on windy days when the energy being produced outstrips demand from consumers.

Mr Kwarteng’s hydrogen strategy will flesh out the aim, started in Boris Johnson’s 10-point plan for net zero, for Britain to own the capacity to get five gigawatts of low carbon hydrogen by 2030.

Subsidies are seen as a key thanks to help kickstart the plans, but energy ministers face a battle with the Treasury over the extent of public funding that Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, is ready to ringfence to support the ambition. The figures are likely to be settled as a part of the spending review, thanks to be launched within the autumn.

Last week, The Telegraph revealed that a Treasury review of the prices of reducing net emissions to zero by 2050 has been delayed over concerns that the analysis highlights that the poorest households are hit the toughest.

Industry groups have said the 5 GW target is insufficiently ambitious as other countries press ahead with major hydrogen projects. The Energy Networks Association, which represents transmission firms, has said the govt. should double the target to 10 GW.

But a Whitehall source insisted the hydrogen strategy will “ensure we stay ahead of our international friends and competitors with a clear and deliverable plan for a world-class, homegrown hydrogen industry which we can export across the world, while others risk falling behind and having to import the technology”.

The source added: “When it comes to going green, the world is moving in the same direction, and if Britain does nothing we risk losing out in the global race..

“But it’s not just a global race for who can be the greenest – going green means high-skilled, well-paid jobs and a slice of what experts say will be a global economy worth £700 billion for hydrogen alone.”

In June, Siemens Gamesa, a serious manufacturer of offshore wind turbines, said it absolutely was speeding up work on a prototype system to supply hydrogen powered by offshore wind within the next five years. the corporate said electrolysers and battery storage are often added to existing wind farms.