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Could 2020 Be the Year of Hydrogen?

Alternative Energy

Hydrogen has long been touted as a green alternative to traditional forms of energy generation, such as burning natural gas. When produced via the electrolysis of water, hydrogen has a very low carbon footprint – and the only by-product created when it is combusted is that self-same water. As such, it’s far more beneficial in environmental terms, but as yet has not been used efficiently enough to make it viable on a national or international scale.

That could all be about to change in the coming 12 months. A trial being undertaken at Keele University in Stoke-on-Trent is seeking to blend natural gas with 20% hydrogen in order to meet its heating and cooking needs, thus resulting in lower carbon emissions as a result. If successful, the trial could be rolled out across the country and lead to dramatic reductions in the British carbon footprint.

A blueprint for the nation?

The Keele University trial, which has been dubbed HyDeploy – is the first of its kind to take place on UK soil. Keele was specifically chosen because it operates its own private gas network, allowing those in charge to amend the composition of the fuel used with little to no disruption to the university’s daily life. Indeed, staff on campus have claimed that nothing at all has changed since the trial began, except that now the university is responsible for fewer carbon emissions.

The gas company behind the scheme are Cadent, who ultimately wish to see it extended across the entirety of the British Isles. If every home and business in the country adopted a similar strategy, they say, the value of such a hydrogen-blended natural gas could be substantial. According to their estimates, introducing 20% hydrogen into fuel mixes would reduce carbon emissions to the tune of six million tonnes per annum, or the equivalent of removing 2.5 million cars from Britain’s roadways.

How the process works

There are two ways in which hydrogen can be produced. The first is via an electrolyser (which is the technique used at Keele), a device capable of separating water into its component parts (oxygen and hydrogen). This method results in only negligible amounts of CO2 emissions, but is as yet not very efficient. The second method is more economically viable and involves converting natural gas into hydrogen, but this technique creates significant carbon emissions and as such requires the use of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology to be truly sustainable.

The 20% figure was chosen by Keele as it’s the optimum hydrogen contribution which doesn’t upset the status quo of how boilers function. It also makes sparing use of hydrogen, which is currently a resource that’s not in plentiful supply. However, leading manufacturers of boilers and heating equipment are pursuing 100% hydrogen solutions for the future, while the use of high technology gases in environmentally friendly road transportation is one other avenue where hydrogen can play a role in the national transition towards a greener tomorrow.


57 Comments on "Could 2020 Be the Year of Hydrogen?"

  1. Antius on Fri, 6th Mar 2020 9:28 am 

    Meanwhile, back in the real world, the British government uses anti-terrorist legislation to punish political dissidents.

    Britain has proven that you don’t need to abolish elections altogether to build a totalitarian state, so long as all the major political players stand for the same thing. Likewise, a totalitarian government doesn’t need to own the media, so long as it can control what they say with an organisation like Ofcom.

    The UK even has its own secret police force, which is used to enforce political orthodoxy; The counter-terror police, or as I like to call them, ‘the Terror Police’. If you stand for things that go against the official narrative and become an irritation to the ruling elite, then you are an ‘extremist’ and these thugs are let loose on you.

  2. Hello on Fri, 6th Mar 2020 9:32 am 

    >> The UK even has its own secret police force

    Ahhh. 007, my favorite.

  3. FuelShortageComing on Fri, 6th Mar 2020 11:26 am 

    I went to the shopping mall yesterday. Full of Arab and Negros. Must be getting real bad in Africa and Middle-East. One White guy with a red nose and looking sick was walking around and coughing loudly. Look like he had Corona Virus and was spreading it around to Arabs and Negros.

    I did not stay long at the shopping mall. I don’t like Arab and Negros and I avoid them as much as I can. The Western world is one big mental asylum.

    I think I have the Corona Virus. I might have
    spread it around while going to the shopping mall. Who cares, I mostly only infected Arabs and Negros.

    I hope this whole world collapse fast , so Ican die.

  4. JuanP on Fri, 6th Mar 2020 12:56 pm 

    “I did not stay long at the shopping mall. I don’t like Arab and Negros”

    FSC, you ain’t a man until you fucked black, stupid

  5. JuanP on Fri, 6th Mar 2020 1:14 pm 

    I was just telling my wife yesterday that I would very willingly give my arms, legs, tongue, eyes, ears, nuts, and dick to experience life like normal people do for just one hour to know what it feels like. I have been a seriously depressed realist since I have a memory. My first memory of my life is of leaning against a tree alone in my kindergarten’s playground looking at all the other kids playing, thinking how stupid their behavior was, and wondering why I wasn’t like them. I basically don’t interact with normal people anymore. They have nothing to offer me and I don’t want to give them anything.

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