Hydrogen can carry energy to many hard-to-decarbonise sectors with no greenhouse gas emissions at the point of use, giving hydrogen a valuable role in a net zero energy system.
However, as the successful scale up of low-carbon hydrogen production and end-uses poses many challenges and is dependent on decisions made in other parts of the energy system, a pragmatic and carefully managed delivery is vital to achieve emission reductions and reap the benefits that hydrogen can provide.
This report from the National Engineering Policy Centre explores:
- Hydrogen's value as an energy vector
- Potential roles of hydrogen in a net zero energy system
- Low-carbon hydrogen production methods
- Policy recommendations for government to ensure the benefits of hydrogen for a net zero energy system are realised.
The National Engineering Policy Centre convened a workshop to discuss how plans for a decarbonised aviation sector via ‘fuel switching’ may impact on wider energy, transport and environmental systems. Alongside battery electricity, biofuels, e-fuels and syn-fuels, hydrogen was one of the fuels explored as part of the workshop.