EI LIVE Free Webinar | Hydrogen and the new era for clean energy in the UK

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  • 21-04-2021
  • 14:00 - 15:15
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Could hydrogen mark the beginning of a new era for clean energy in UK and Europe?

Please note that registration closes at 17:00 BST on 20 April 2021

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21 April 2021, 14:00 - 15:15 BST

About the webinar:

Hydrogen has enormous potential to address the challenges of hard to abate sectors - e.g. industrial, heavy goods, marine, seasonal storage - and could be a solution to curtailment during excess production of renewable electricity. Hydrogen can be used in a wide range of applications, from fuelling vehicles to heating buildings and powering industry. It produces zero emissions at the point of use and can be produced from renewables, such as solar and wind.

Hydrogen is a core part of Next Generation EU Recovery Plan. It maintained a strong momentum in 2019, gaining interest amongst policy makers. It was a record year for electrolysis capacity becoming operational, according to IEA’s Hydrogen Report.

That said, more efforts are still required to:

• Scale up to reduce cost
• Replace high-carbon with low-carbon hydrogen
• Expand hydrogen reach to new applications

During this webinar, you will hear from industry experts debating the future of hydrogen and its position in a net zero economy, whilst sharing their insights on:

• Could 2021 mark a turning point for hydrogen?
• COVID-19 Recovery - is this the time to invest in creating the infrastructure needed for a hydrogen economy?
• Green vs blue?
• Teesside and Humber industrial clusters for UK and their plans for becoming net zero
• Understanding the feasibility of hydrogen in comparison to the alternatives


14:00 - Welcome from the chair and insights into EI’s hydrogen guide
Daniel de Wijze
, Energy Analyst, Energy Institute

14:10 - The future of hydrogen: opportunities and challenges
Kristen Panerali, Head of Electricity Industry, World Economic Forum
  • What percentage of the world’s final energy demands and CO2 abatement required to limit global warming could be met by hydrogen?
  • Paths to hydrogen, (green vs. blue) competitiveness, and its cost
  • Could stimulus packages help hydrogen momentum to continue in a post COVID-19 crisis?
  • How can the deploying of CCUS (blue) and electrolysis (green) accelerate hydrogen uptake?
  • Could 2021 mark a turning point for the global clean energy with hydrogen at its core?
  • Identifying the right innovative financing scheme and policy framework
  • COVID-19 Recovery - is this the time to invest in creating the infrastructure needed for a hydrogen economy?
  • Understanding the feasibility of hydrogen in comparison to the alternatives
14:30 - What are the fundamental differences between green and blue hydrogen?
Steve Hargreaves
, Director of Strategy & Energy System Economics, EDF Energy
  • What role do they play in energy transition?
  • How can the deploying of CCUS (blue) and hydrogen from low carbon generation (green) accelerate hydrogen uptake?
  • Paths to hydrogen (green vs. blue) competitiveness and its cost
  • What solutions do they offer for transport, heating, and industry?
  • The cost, logistics, and market offerings of green and blue – who has the competitive advantage?
  • Should blue be excluded from EU’s hydrogen strategy?
  • Is green hydrogen the fuel of the future?
  • Green vs blue – which could spur a green recovery post COVID-19?
  • North H2 project (Europe’s largest green hydrogen project - offshore wind)
14:55 - Innovative regions, industrial and homes
Helen McColm
, Head of Cross-Cutting Innovation, Science and Innovation for Climate and Energy (SICE), Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Zero carbon Humber
  • Teeside (blue hydrogen, although Humber has green later)
  • Considerations around heating infrastructure
  • What are the benefits to support consumers with the switchover?
  • Hydrogen’s role in domestic homes
15.25 - Q&A 

15:45 - Summary from the chair and closing remarks
Daniel de Wijze
, Energy Analyst, Energy Institute

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This webinar is part of Powering Net Zero 2021 - view the event here.

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