The Energy Institute’s new conference, Powering Net Zero, is designed to discuss ways in which clean electricity and electrification will be essential in reducing emissions globally to net zero.

EL LIVE Free Webinar | Hydrogen: hype or hope?
21 April 2021, 14:00 - 15:15 BST

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

  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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

Powering Net Zero 2021 Conference:

An increasing number of countries are making commitments to move to a net zero emissions economy. This is in response to climate science showing that in order to prevent the worst impacts of manmade climate change, greenhouse gas emissions must be eliminated, as simply reducing them is no longer sufficient. ‘Net zero’ means that any emissions are balanced by absorbing an equivalent amount from the atmosphere. In order to meet the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting average global temperature increases to well below 2C, global greenhouse gas emissions must reach net zero sometime between 2050 and 2070.

Electricity and electrification are central to any scenario in which this goal is achieved. The technologies already exist to decarbonise power generation systems and roll out clean electricity into heat and transport – now companies must finalise their strategies to ensure it is reached.

Attend this timely event to:

  • Hear from expert speakers excelling in this area
  • Gain key insights into the policies, technologies and people needed to reach net zero
  • Network with professionals from across the energy sector

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Conference summary

The conference will take a global perspective on the range of technologies and the interplay between them. This includes renewable and nuclear power generation, CCUS, electric or fuel cell electric (hydrogen) vehicles, and for heating, the use of heat-pumps, hydrogen, energy efficiency and demand management technologies. Many medium pressure industrial processes can also be converted to use electric furnaces rather than gas.

Welcome from the chair

Welcome from the Energy Institute

A scene setter from the Committee on Climate Change and moderated discussion

  • Leadership Panel Discussion/Interview
  • Challenges, scale of the problem and potential solutions
  • Decarbonisation of the electricity
  • Electricity of heating, transport, and power
  • How is electricity stepping up?
  • Upgrade the network
  • Hydrogen and biogas

The customer perspective

  • Insights into new business models – how does demand need to change
  • Residential consumers and changing consumer behaviours
  • Industrial, Commercial/Retail and Data Centres
  • Cities and Local area energy systems – local authorities
  • Buildings
  • Transport
  • Heating and cooling

Generation, interconnections, and storage

  • How do you make choice, demand changes, how do we meet the challenges?
  • Overcoming the challenges – impacts to overcoming – technical toolkit – how do you do it in affordable manner?
  • Constraints – what can be the maximum you can be – capacity you can build – role of producing it
  • Debate: what makes more sense, what the future mix would be like, interplay between them, unlocking business models

Networks - Distribution, Transmission

  • How does the distribution network change with DER?
  • How to integrate high % intermittent renewables?
  • T&D interface - ESO-DSO interaction
  • The impact of digitalisation
  • How it all works together
  • How does the grid and the system need to change and what progress has been made to date?
  • Investment and infrastructure
  • Flexible generation and storage

Regulation, policy, and initiatives

  • What does government need to do to support zero carbon?
  • How does the regulatory framework need to evolve?
  • Examples of initiatives and policies and changes needed?
  • The role for CCUS and nuclear
  • Role of hydrogen
  • Digitalisation
  • Sector coupling – electricity / heat / transport etc.
  • Demonstration at scale
  • Role of nuclear

How can we achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions?

Summary from the chair and closing remarks

End of conference

What does a net zero system look like?

Insights into short, medium and long-term future trends

What fundamental changes are needed to transform the electricity system?

The consumer perspective: what new business models, services, products, incentives or regulation would support the changes required in customer behaviour/demand?

What is the broader role of technology to drive the transformation?

What is the pathway and future requirements to increasing onshore and offshore wind and solar on the system?

What role will hydrogen, nuclear, and carbon capture storage (CCS) play?

What changes are needed in the network – transmission and distribution?

What infrastructure and investment is required?

What regulation, policies and initiatives must follow?

Who should attend

RE 100 Companies in the RE100
Net Zero Attend 1 Offshore wind companies
Net Zero Attend 2 Oil & gas companies
Net Zero Attend 3 Trading companies

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