Ministers plan to pin UK energy hopes on them hydrogen Research has shown that the cost of heating a home has nearly doubled by the end of the decade compared to natural gas.
Use Hydrogen for home heating It could prove to be a much more expensive option than natural gas, according to prominent energy analysts Cornwall Insight. Between now and 2050, when the UK is legally bound to reach net greenhouse gas emissions, hydrogen use will add about 70% to household energy bills compared to gas use, according to the report, commissioned by renewable energy charity MCS.
Jitendra Patel, senior advisor at Cornwall Insight, said: “While hydrogen plays a role in the decarbonization pathway, for example through its use in industrial sectors and in the use of surplus electricity, current costs and projections all suggest that it is simply not feasible to use hydrogen fuels. 100% to heat our homes.”
Ministers are preparing to allow hydrogen to be mixed with fossil fuel gas in UK gas networks, as a way to reduce carbon emissions from home heating. They are also considering the possibility of a large-scale introduction of hydrogen to supply gas boilers in homes from 2026.
In the mini-budget that consultant, Kwasi Kwarting, revealed on Friday, there was He promised to promote five hydrogen infrastructure projects.
Hydrogen proponents argue that gas can be used with little need to modernize the UK’s existing network of gas mains and gas boilers, which make up the vast majority of home heating systems in much of the country.
But Serious concerns have been raised On the use of hydrogen, some experts have warned that it is facing technical difficulties that may prove insurmountable.
Michael Liebreich, president of Liebreich Associates and founder of analysis firm Bloomberg New energy Finance has hit “boiler launchers” – the UK’s existing network of gas companies, plumbing companies and engineers – who see hydrogen as a way to maintain as much of the status quo as possible, rather than transition to heat pumps and other proven low-carbon technology.
Libraish tweeted: “Heating with hydrogen from renewable energy is six times less efficient than using the same electricity in a heat pump. I don’t know of a single serious energy analyst not connected to the gas industry who thinks hydrogen heating would be a thing.”
There are also doubts about the low-carbon nature of some forms of hydrogen, as both exist Green ways to produce hydrogen from renewable energyand “blue” ways to produce gas from fossil fuels. The latter does not represent savings in greenhouse gas emissions unless the resulting carbon dioxide is captured and stored.
Those who have expressed concern have been largely drowned out, however, by intense pressure from fossil fuel companies, who see Hydrogen as an alternative source of incomea way of diverting its existing resources and infrastructure to presumably low-carbon ends.
There are at least 120 lobbyists who get paid to use hydrogen in Parliament right now, according to separate estimates from the charity MCS. Big energy companies including Shell and BP, as well as a host of smaller companies and start-ups, are promoting hydrogen as an environmentally friendly fuel.
Hydrogen lobbyists are also in power at the ongoing Labor conference, and will be sponsoring events at the Conservative Party conference starting this weekend.
Cornwall Insight, who Widespread modeling predicts significant increases in the energy price ceiling this yearHe found that mixing hydrogen with gas would result in much smaller increases in home heating prices, by about 5% in the short term and by 2050. However, this would still involve the use of natural gas long after the UK was supposed to move away from Fossil fuels.
The five hydrogen infrastructure projects included in the government’s growth plan are: HyNet hydrogen pipeline; INOVYN hydrogen storage. East Coast Hydrogen Pipeline; Aldbrough hydrogen storage and diffusion capacity of hydrogen electrolyzer.