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Interesting that the mainstream media in the UK in the form of the Guardian newspaper is now considering hydrogen on the route to net zero. The Northwest of England hopes to be at the forefront.



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Matt Chester on Mar 23, 2020

Whole streets would be converted at a time. Engineers would inspect the gas appliances, and then convert them. Simultaneously, the town gas was disconnected and the pipelines were purged with an inert gas. Finally, the natural gas was pumped into the system and the engineers would make sure each appliance worked correctly before moving to the next street along.

I mean, I hear we'll be looking for a jobs/economic stimulus in the near-term future-- large-scale projects like this could be huge for that. 

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Charley Rattan on Mar 23, 2020

Yes,  in the UK we had th e'dash for gas' in the 1970s during which there was a frantic push from town to natural gas.  This time I suspect the transition can be more effectively calibrated. The supply chain opportunities will certainly be there.

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Gerard Reid on Mar 30, 2020

It could be is the answer but it not a silver bullet and it is also a very expensive one too...

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Matt Chester on Mar 30, 2020

Isn't any option (or series of options, because I agree with the 'no silver bullet' perspective) going to be pretty darn expensive, though? 

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Charley Rattan on Mar 30, 2020

Expensive yes;  I think the hope is that scaleability will bring the cost down (as has been the case with offshore wind)  

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