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New to the Energy industry, but extremely zealous about renewable and the climate, I have been given an incredible opportunity to reach out to companies and project that need funding to help...

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Does the UK government back renewable energy exports? I wonder.

Any advice welcomed.

Mike
(GiniEnergy funding your next Renewable Energy project).

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Matt Chester on Aug 12, 2020

This article is behind a paywall if you don't subscribe to FT, but many of the same topics are covered in this article for those who are keen to read more: https://reneweconomy.com.au/australias-two-renewable-export-mega-projects-say-there-is-room-for-both-and-more-50323/

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Michael Houldridge on Aug 12, 2020

Thanks for that Matt

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Matt Chester on Aug 12, 2020

No problem! It's interesting that the two projects in Australia are two quite different paths-- one direct electricity exports via massive undersea cable, another converting renewables into fuels like hydrogen/ammonia to be exported. Do you have a sense of which of those pathways would be more in line with UK capabilities? 

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Bob Meinetz on Aug 12, 2020

Michael - if hydrogen is exported by tankers burning bunker oil, can it still be considered "renerwable"?

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Michael Houldridge on Aug 12, 2020

Bob, great point!.

does the ends justify the means? 

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Bob Meinetz on Aug 12, 2020

Michael - in my opinion, no. The goal is reducing carbon emissions, so if the total lifecycle emissions aren't significantly less than what would be produced by other fuels, we're going backwards.

Possibly of more significance is the inability to source hydrogen. If it's far cheaper and more productive to make it by steam-reforming methane, the incentive for any "green" methane producer is to simply manufacture or buy "gray" hydrogen in bulk and sell it as "green" (both are colorless).

Not that anyone in the oil industry would lie, of course.

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