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H2FC SUPERGEN- The role of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in Providing Affordable, Secure Low-carbon Heat

Abstract

This White Paper has been commissioned by the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell (H2FC) SUPERGEN Hub to examine the roles and potential benefits of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for heat provision in future low-carbon energy systems. The H2FC SUPERGEN Hub is an inclusive network encompassing the entire UK hydrogen and fuel cells research community, with around 100 UK-based academics supported by key stakeholders from industry and government. It is funded by the UK EPSRC research council as part of the RCUK Energy Programme. This paper is the first of four that will be published over the lifetime of the Hub, with the others examining: (i) low-carbon energy systems (including balancing renewable intermittency); (ii) low-carbon transport systems; and, (iii) the provision of secure and affordable energy supplies for the future

  • Hydrogen and fuel cells are part of the cost-optimal heating technology portfolio in long-term UK energy system scenarios.
  • Fuel cell CHP is already being deployed commercially around the world.
  • Hydrogen can be a zero-carbon alternative to natural gas. Most technologies that use natural gas can be adapted to use hydrogen and still provide the same level of service.
  • Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies avoid some of the disadvantages of other low-carbon heating technologies.

Funding source: UK EPSRC research council, part of the RCUK Energy Programme
Related subjects: Policy & Socio-Economics
Countries: United Kingdom
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2014-05-01
2021-07-24
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