UK HFCA highlights the role for hydrogen and fuel cells revolutionising the energy sector in Westminster

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

UK HFCA highlights the role for hydrogen and fuel cells revolutionising the energy sector in Westminster

The UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association was delighted to provide oral evidence to the Energy and Climate Change Committee inquiry on ‘Energy Revolution: what could change the energy sector?’, which is currently exploring which disruptive technologies and innovations could transform the future energy sector. Key messages included:

  • Hydrogen has a key role to play in the energy system of the future, where supply (centralised / decentralised / renewable / low carbon / large scale / small scale etc. etc.) and demand are flexibly and responsively interconnected, and the links between previously disparate sectors (heat, power, transport) are optimised.
  • More specifically, the conversion of currently wasted renewable energy to hydrogen via electrolysis offers a range of grid balancing services, as well as helping to deliver decarbonisation across heat, power and transport.
  • 1TWh of electricity can produce nearly 18,000 tonnes of hydrogen, which is sufficient to fuel 90,000 hydrogen fueled cars each travelling 12,000 miles per year.
  • Delivering the right mix of storage solutions, including hydrogen, requires a rigorous review of the full energy system, so that current barriers can be addressed holistically to ensure the most cost effective outcome.

Amanda Lyne, Chair of the UK HFCA said: “We were really pleased to submit oral evidence showcasing the role of hydrogen and fuel cells as major components in the transformation of the energy sector. In particular, we urge the Government to undertake a high level cross sectorial review to evaluate the role of energy storage, and specifically the role of hydrogen in it.”

A recording of the session is available here.