Big Plans for Clean Hydrogen Power
July 14, 2021
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With the race to find a greener solution to fossil fuels, there has been a lot of interest in hydrogen as an alternative energy source. Our traditional means of heating and energy has caused huge concerns due to carbon emissions. The consequences, of course, are global warming and climate change. This meant that governments had to step in and set targets for the reduction of emissions, and the instigation of renewable energy.
Legally binding targets have been put in place by the UK to slash emissions by 78% by the year 2035. The pledge will for the first time include the UK’s aviation and shipping emissions, with a view to bringing the UK more than three-quarters of the way to net zero by 2050. All aspects of life including homes and construction in places like Chelmsford have an impact on the environment.
While hydrogen energy is being looked at as a viable energy source which won’t harm our atmosphere, it’s not without its problems. Hydrogen is one of the most prevalent components on the planet, the others being nitrogen and oxygen. Hydrogen accounts for 75% of the universe and plays a large part in life on the Earth. It is found in just about every form of water and plant matter, and is present in large amounts in the sun. Hydrogen doesn’t exist on its own, but is extracted from elements such as water, natural gas and biomass.
Hydrogen is a clean source of energy, it’s renewable, efficient and non-toxic, although it is also volatile, expensive to produce and difficult to store. In-depth tests and research will be ongoing for a while yet, but the hopes are to gradually replace gas boilers across the UK, with hydrogen boilers. Many engineering and energy companies are getting onboard and carrying out extensive tests towards hydrogen use. Engine manufacturer Cummins are exploring a hydrogen fuelled combustion engine, and Ireland is designing its first ‘green’ hydrogen production facility. A plant that produces hydrogen from waste plastic is also being constructed in Scotland. Exciting times!