On the 26th January 2011, the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (UK HFCA) published its position on the role of hydrogen energy storage in managing renewable intermittency. The document is one of a series covering the various opportunities which hydrogen and fuel cells offer.
According to some predictions, the UK will face a 23% shortfall in energy supply at peak periods in 2015, and a 31.5% shortfall in 2020. By then, the costs of unplanned power cuts to the UK economy could reach £192bn. This would have a major impact on the UK’s economic recovery and competitiveness in global markets. Hydrogen represents an excellent storage option as it can act as both a short and long-term energy store to balance supply and demand at different scales, geographies and weather conditions.
Energy storage through hydrogen is:
- A near term commercial opportunity for the UK that will assist in integrating greater amount of renewables within the UK electricity system therefore enabling the UK to meet its ambitious renewable targets and fill in the supply and demand gap
- An optimal clean pathway to smart grid stabilization
- Proven and has been utilised for a number of years in a number of locations, including: Shetland Islands, Utsira Island, Greenland, supplying a greater percentage of the community’s overall power requirements with improved stability and reliability.
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