The role of hydrogen in decarbonising transport | APPG
- Jan 18, 2022 11:19 am GMT
The role of hydrogen in decarbonising transport
Following yesterday’s eye- popping announcement regarding 25 GW of offshore wind development rights ScotWind,
it was great to return to the other half of the energy jigsaw and the APPG meeting on hydrogen.
Transport sits in most hydrogen strategies top three as a priority including the US earth shot and the barriers that need to be removed for widespread adoption and roll-out. It was lovely to hear some follow non -metropolitan accent as the hydrogen value chain was explored with relation to renewables and also nuclear.
Chaired by the Chair of the APPG on Hydrogen, the affable Jacob Young MP, who pointed out that the world’s oldest train line, from Stockton to Darlington is still fossil powered, we heard from speakers:
· Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Trudy Harrison MP
£183m available this year and open to hydrogen with a focus on maritime, aviation and road freight with large global potential and the UK's Hydrogen hub a living lab:
· Mike Muldoon, Head of Business Development UK & Ireland at Alstom
Fleets of trains beyond demonstration and into operation in Germany and elsewhere. Transport much more than roads with rail a great way of achieving net zero. Trains have over three years operation service, not just the trains but infrastructure.
· Jonathan Wood, Vice President – New Power Engineering, Cummins Inc
Diesel to hydrogen and hydrogen Developing fuel cell capabilities linked up with Alstom and UK manufacturing also electrolysers as part of infrastructure Cummins lined with Air Products to deploy over 2000 trucks and helping build scale.
Scale will drive costs down. Spoke about commercial vehicle cost and how an ambitious cost reduction plan can help
Chris Gear, Project Director, FlyZero, Aerospace Technology Institute
Net Zero aircraft with a global issue and liquid hydrogen a good solution for future aircraft with a net zero offer. Government and industry support for airport infrastructure and manufacturing. Hydrogen Could be up to 10 per cent h2 demand regional flights first
A wide range of questions including around safety and storage led to a lively first session of 2022 as the hydrogen agenda continues to gain global traction.
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