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Future of Hydrogen in Industry: Initial Industrial Site Surveys


This is a summary report of a study which aimed to understand the safety, feasibility, cost and impacts for 7 industrial sites to switch from natural gas to 100% hydrogen for heating. The volunteer industrial sites:
♦ are located away from industrial clusters
♦ use natural gas to meet most of their energy demand
♦ will likely be most impacted by decisions on the future of the natural gas grid
We have published the report in order to share its findings with other industrial sites and wider industry, in particular those considering hydrogen as an option for decarbonisation.
Note that:
♦ some work was carried out on a non-hydrogen alternative energy source, but to a lesser level of detail and not to determine the optimal decarbonisation solution
♦ the findings do not apply to other end user environments because of differences between these environments and the consumption of gas
The study was commissioned in 2022 by the former Department for Business and Energy, and undertaken by AECOM and their safety sub-contractor ESR.
The evidence will inform strategic decisions in 2026 on the role of low carbon hydrogen as a replacement for natural gas heating.

Related subjects: Applications & Pathways
Countries: United Kingdom

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