Wind of change for green hydrogen

8th December 2020

Nick Cottam writes on the increasing interest in hydrogen globally in the light of stretching net zero carbon targets

At the time of writing the wind is blowing a hooley along the East Coast and it’s not difficult to be confident that all those offshore turbines are doing their job. In the past decade or so the proportion of UK generation from wind has risen from just 3% to over 20% and East Anglia with its long stretch of flat, relatively shallow coastline is leading the charge. By the same token, as economies of scale ramp up and supply lines mature the cost of all this wind power has also fallen dramatically, down according to analysts at Bloomberg NEF by over 30% for new projects between 2018 and 2019.

What does this mean for the industrialized developed world? More wind power certainly and an accelerating drive to electrification but how to harness that power and make it readily available to meet areas of intense demand. Enter hydrogen and even more relevant in an era of net zero carbon targets the goal of producing green hydrogen – at scale.

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