As part of its involvement at Climate Week NYC, National Grid outlined its vision for expanding the hydrogen economy.
The most plentiful chemical element on the planet, hydrogen has great promise as a sustainable energy source. Most significantly, water vapor is the sole result when hydrogen is transformed to usable energy in a fuel cell or burnt to release its energy.
Given the high energy demand in the New York City metro region and the possibility to use offshore wind to create green hydrogen, or hydrogen produced using zero-carbon electricity, Long Island is well-positioned to become a hydrogen center.
Green hydrogen may be utilized to decarbonize the energy system, heavy industries, transportation, and even building heating once it is created. It can also provide long-term storage, allowing renewable energy sources to be used more effectively.
In order to fulfill New York’s net zero by 2050 objective, all tools and technologies will need to be on the table in the following decade. This includes increasing the amount of renewable energy on the grid, such as solar and wind power, as well as investigating hydrogen’s possibilities.