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Fuel cells: The forgotten force in the fight against climate change | UK HFCA

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World Hydrogen Leader Charley Rattan Associates

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Hydrogen is essential to the UK Government’s net zero ambitions and fuel cell technology is highly complementary with the storage of cheap hydrogen and the generation of electricity on demand.

The UK has a world-leading electrochemical research base and leading companies in fuel cell and electrolyser technology. The market for fuel cells is global. UK companies across the fuel cell value chain should be supported to maximise the market opportunity.

The UK has not yet offshored the manufacturing of fuel cells, as with the wind industry, but the sector needs commitment to create the market and scale up to access a global opportunity expected to be worth £9.7 billion in five years, and with the potential to create 136,000 jobs in the UK by 2035.

The dialogue of battery versus fuel cells is unhelpful. They are very compatible and lots of both will be required to reach net zero. We recommend mirroring the success of the Faraday Institute with the creation of an institute for electrochemical technologies to create coordination and collaboration – to be in place by 2023.

The Institute will take a key role in bringing research, industry and commercial partners together to address outstanding challenges, including manufacturing scale up and performance improvements.


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Bob Meinetz on Sep 14, 2021

"The dialogue of battery versus fuel cells is unhelpful."
Unhelpful? To natural gas profiteers, maybe, but also truthful. Hydrogen offers nothing but another profit stream for oil majors and increasing carbon emissions.

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