Ørsted joins British hydrogen task force

The Danish utility joins a British organization, whose purpose is to supply information to the UK government on how hydrogen can support the country's economic recovery.

Photo: Ørsted

Ørsted has jumped aboard a project aimed to help the UK government make sure that its future hydrogen strategy will reflect the country's green industrial ambitions.

"In order to meet the government’s target of net zero by 2050, we will need to adopt a range of complementary new technologies to truly transform the way we produce and manage power," writes Ørsted Head of Region UK Duncan Clark in a statement.

Ørsted is already in the process of developing several green hydrogen projects in Europe, including the Gigastack undertaking meant to demonstrate how offshore wind can support the production of low-cost, emissions-free H2 for Britain on an industrial scale.

"Offshore wind’s growing role as the backbone of our future electricity system will see it deliver green power for transport, heat and technologies by making renewable hydrogen at scale, enabling large scale industrial decarbonization and helping to create thousands more long-term, skilled jobs across the UK in offshore wind and its supply chain," Clark says.

The hydrogen task force's aim is well aligned with the times, with the UK aiming to achieve 5 GW in low-carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030.

A half-billion sterling will be invested in creating a "hydrogen neighborhood" in 2023, moving to an H2 "village" by 2025, and finally seeking to have a "hydrogen town" before the end of this decade – all of which are supposed to be fully powered by the elemental gas, as was stated in UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's ten-point climate plan unveiled in November.

"Our green industrial revolution will be powered by the wind turbines of Scotland and the North East, propelled by the electric vehicles made in the Midlands and advanced by the latest technologies developed in Wales, so we can look ahead to a more prosperous, greener future," Johnson said at the time.

English Edit: Daniel Frank Christensen

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