The paper proposes that the UK should be the global centre of hydrogen production and explores why and how this ambition could be achieved. The paper focuses on what government and industry need to do to realise this dream. We explain the technology, commerciality and legislation required in order to raise ambitions and create a sense of urgency within the hydrogen community.
The paper justifies this bold statement, highlighting the fundamentals that the UK enjoys and compares these against other rival global centres, by considering the existing infrastructure whilst explaining the merits of the UKs diverse gas supply chain. The paper also explores and debunks technology readiness and perceived risks associated with hydrogen production.
The paper concludes that the UK should adopt a bolder ambition for hydrogen, and suggests how the UK can move forward faster with recommendations for new commercial frameworks. The paper also demonstrates that the current perceived risks linked with blue hydrogen development, both technological and subsurface, are overstated. The paper sets out a commercial landscape that would enable rapid hydrogen development. The paper focuses on blue hydrogen production infrastructure, setting a timeframe of achievability whilst allowing for demand side influences. The paper also considers how to future-proof hydrogen infrastructure to facilitate green hydrogen co-production.
The paper highlights the possible errors of decommissioning depleted oil fields where carbon dioxide (CO2) storage could be used to extend the life of the facilities, with possible enhanced oil recovery as an upside. The paper discusses how the liabilities currently hindering integrated hydrogen developments are more theoretical than real, by consideration of minimised leak paths and corrosion mechanisms. The paper also explains why these liabilities should ultimately be underwritten by government institutions.