Start spreading the Hydrogen: New York are exploring green hydrogen to meet decarbonisation goals.
New York has a mandate to be powered by 70% renewable electricity by 2030, and 100% zero emission power by 2040.
With these goals firmly in sight the city is compiling an information and data study focusing on the use of green hydrogen to achieve the targets.
Announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo the state will research the opportunities created by hydrogen as a crucial part of the state’s comprehensive decarbonisation strategy.
Hydrogen is widely considered to be instrumental for long duration energy storage, and research into this technology is being funded to the tune of $12.5 million by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
We are seeing increasingly impressive and ambitious moves by international cities to decarbonise. Here in the UK we need to see more cities challenging themselves and committing to tough targets in order to avert this ongoing climate crisis.
Low-carbon Hydrogen could save Europe €2 trillion by 2050
Deloitte says massive savings are achievable en route to climate neutrality if Hydrogen is given a more prominent role.
On Wednesday (7 July) the role of Hydrogen in making Europe climate neutral was the central theme, at an event which presented the findings of the Hydrogen4EU report, a multi-disciplinary research partnership funded by the oil and gas industry.
Clear findings from the report included: Green hydrogen made from renewable electricity sources will be essential to achieve the EU’s climate neutrality goal, but in itself it won’t be enough to meet the total future hydrogen demand.
The message being the EU must invest in and rollout greater hydrogen infrastructure in order to manufacture green hydrogen at sufficient scale.
Deloitte’s Johannes Trüby, one of the authors of the report, said “The biggest user of Hydrogen in 2050 is the transport sector,” predicting that Europe’s total hydrogen demand will easily surpass 100 million tonnes by 2050.
Through our own work with the UK’s leading zero-emission bus manufacturer Wrightbus we are familiar with the increasing demand that clean hydrogen transport is placing on the nascent hydrogen production sector here in the UK.
But as we establish the infrastructure required to support a hydrogen economy so too will the transport sector be able to completely decarbonise.
Vast growth imminent in hydrogen-powered Zero-emission Aviation sector:
According to a report published by Allied Market Research, “Zero-Emission Aircraft Market” the global zero-emission aircraft industry is estimated at $29.24 billion by 2030, but is forecast to hit $191.97 billion by 2040, demonstrating a CAGR of 20.7% from 2030 to 2040.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) stated in May 2021 that the global air passenger traffic will recuperate to 88% of pre-COVID-19 levels by 2022.
Due to its high sustainability as aviation fuel hydrogen is expected to account for nearly 94% of the global zero-emission aircraft market share in 2030, and is expected to lead the trail by the end of 2040.
Transport as a whole is responsible for more emissions than any other sector. It’s crucial that private and public investment is directed at the decarbonisation of transport. We are now seeing an increasing number of zero-emission hydrogen vehicles and there is already greatly encouraging data surrounding the CO2 emissions being saved with hydrogen use.
Climate change will end in Scotland, definitively, within one generation:
Scotland is leading the world with its target date for net-zero emissions of all greenhouse gases by 2045.
The decisive action of the Scottish government with this commitment was taken earlier this year, and was shortly followed by the publishing of a Heat and Buildings Strategy. The strategy commits Scotland to converting over one million homes to either zero or low-emissions heating systems by 2030.
Scotland’s actions are necessary for the obvious reasons of decarbonisation, and also coincides with Glasgow hosting to the UN Climate Conference COP26 this November.
Meanwhile the UK has committed to a target of net zero by 2050. The Conservative government have not specified how homes will be heated in the future. As time runs out for the UK’s own emissions targets, more urgent action is required.
World’s largest hydrogen station is in Beijing:
Beijing can boast the world’s largest hydrogen station, with a capacity of delivering nearly 5 tonnes supply of hydrogen per day.
The Daxing hydrogen station can refuel 600 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles a day, including buses, cargo vans and garbage trucks. The station is operated and owned and by Beijing Hypower Energy Technology Ltd.
Air Liquide Group, supplied and installed 8 hydrogen dispenser units for the station. It is part of the 200,000 m2 Beijing International Hydrogen Energy Demonstration Zone.
The UK hydrogen economy is growing rapidly, but in order to meaningfully compete with China we must release our own hydrogen strategy now, with far greater commitments to investment in the infrastructure needed to rollout our Hydrogen sector.
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