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Feasibility Study into Water Requirement for Hydrogen Production

Abstract

Low carbon hydrogen can be produced by a variety of processes, that require substantial quantities of water. Several major hydrogen projects are proposed in Scotland; as an energy storage medium, allowing new renewable power capacity to operate, and as a direct alternative to displace natural gas as a primary fuel source. The additional water consumption associated with these hydrogen projects presents an infrastructure challenge.
The aims of the study are to evaluate the water requirements of new hydrogen production facilities, and the associated implications for water infrastructure, and to develop a strategic framework for assessing these aspects of hydrogen projects throughout the UK. The initial focus of the study is on Scotland; however, the methodology developed in the project will be used throughout the UK
Benefits
Low carbon hydrogen can be produced by a variety of processes, all of which require substantial quantities of water. Several major hydrogen projects are proposed in Scotland; both as an energy storage medium, allowing new renewable power capacity (particularly wind) to operate, and as a direct alternative to displace natural gas as a primary fuel source. The additional water consumption associated with these hydrogen projects presents an infrastructure challenge e.g., the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) recently highlighted Scotland’s vulnerability to dry weather and climate-induced changes in the availability and functioning of water resources.
The project, in partnership with Ramboll, will look to deliver a technical assessment and feasibility study into water requirements for hydrogen production in Scotland. The aims of the study are to evaluate the water requirements of new hydrogen production facilities, and the associated implications for water infrastructure, and to develop a strategic framework for assessing these aspects of hydrogen projects throughout the UK. The initial focus of the study is on Scotland; however, the methodology developed in the project will be used throughout the UK.
The research paper can be found on their website.

Related subjects: Production & Supply Chain
Countries: United Kingdom
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2024-05-19
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