Renewable hydrogen produced by the UK’s world-leading fleet of wind farms and stored in disused oil and gas fields can help avoid future winter energy supply crunches, according to research published by Energy Networks Association (ENA).
The ENA’s A System For All Seasons analyses UK electricity generation and consumption trends, concluding that the country’s wind and solar farms will have enough spare electricity generated in spring and summer, when demand is lower, to produce green hydrogen to the equivalent capacity of 25 Hinkley Point C nuclear power plants.
The hydrogen stored would provide the same amount of energy needed for every person in the UK to charge a Tesla Model S electric vehicle more than 21 times in the autumn and winter months when energy demand is highest, creating a clean energy buffer that avoids having to manage limited energy supplies on the international markets.
Crucially, the research finds that the UK has enough capacity to store the hydrogen in a combination of salt caverns and disused oil and gas fields in the North Sea, as well other locations, to meet this demand.
Read the report at: bit.ly/ENAwindreport