Brazil and the United Kingdom have officially launched the Brazil-UK Hydrogen Hub on December 3, 2023. The collaboration, represented by the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) for Brazil and the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) for the UK, aims to strengthen international cooperation for hydrogen production as a crucial element in the global transition to a net-zero future.
Germany has floated the idea of constructing a 400-mile hydrogen pipeline beneath the North Sea, connecting with the UK.
UK’s Department for Energy Security and Net Zero is committing £6.1m ($7.4m) to the Bay Hydrogen Hub. This ambitious project, backed by a consortium comprising EDF, National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), and Vulcan Burners, aims to supply hydrogen to an asphalt plant, demonstrating zero-emission asphalt production using nuclear-derived hydrogen.
The landscape of sustainable energy is set for a significant transformation as EET Hydrogen gears up for the front-end engineering design (FEED) of its planned 1GW HPP2 blue hydrogen production plant in the UK. This ambitious project is poised to mark a milestone in the realm of clean energy, with KBR taking the lead in executing the FEED.
A recent industry-commissioned study, conducted by the Green Hydrogen Alliance (GHA) and backed by major players like Airbus, Air Products, and Associated British Ports (ABP), has unveiled a promising path to propel the UK’s green hydrogen market. The report suggests that this endeavor could not only yield an £11 billion economic boost but also slash over 1.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.
The United Kingdom should eliminate the pursuit of hydrogen heating to shift its focus towards decarbonizing heat with electric heat pumps, according to the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), the government’s independent advisors on infrastructure.
The UK is gearing up for a green revolution in its heavy goods vehicle (HGV) sector with the launch of the HyHAUL project, an ambitious undertaking led by Protium, the country’s largest green hydrogen energy company. This groundbreaking initiative, backed by more than £30 million from the Department for Transport and Innovate UK, aims to accelerate the decarbonization of the UK’s HGV fleet, a sector responsible for 19% of domestic transport emissions.
The quest for sustainable and environmentally friendly industrial practices has led to innovative collaborations, and one such project is spearheaded by the Bay Hydrogen Hub consortium in the UK. Comprising EDF Energy, Heidelberg UK, the National Nuclear Laboratory, and Vulcan Burners, the consortium aims to transform the asphalt production industry through the power of hydrogen. At the heart of this transformation is FuelCell Energy, Inc., which has been contracted for its hydrogen production technology.
Japan’s Marubeni has joined forces with the UK Government in a momentous memorandum of understanding (MoU) that sets the stage for an astounding £10 billion (approximately €11.5 billion) investment in the UK’s clean energy sector over the next decade. This partnership signifies a significant step toward fulfilling the UK’s commitment to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
The UK government has invested £89 million (US$109 million) in 20 net zero tech projects, including hydrogen-powered off-road vehicles, a new lithium scale-up plant, and revolutionary new EV battery systems.