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Businesses Collaborate in Green Hydrogen Alliance

Businesses Collaborate in Green Hydrogen Alliance
12 July 2023

A new business group to promote the potential of hydrogen to deliver economic, decarbonisation and energy security benefits across the UK has formed.

Companies including Airbus, Air Products, Associated British Ports, London City Airport and Tata Steel are all involved in the venture, which hopes to highlight the hydrogen opportunities available in the construction industry, amongst other sectors.

The group will collate research that analyses the decarbonisation benefits green hydrogen (also known as electrolytic hydrogen) could bring to the UK, as well as a “Green Hydrogen Manifesto” to act as a business guide.

The alliance is apolitical and will work with both the government and all political parties, as well as civil service officials and industry groups, to help them understand the opportunities of a burgeoning green hydrogen industry.

A spokesperson for the Green Hydrogen Alliance said: “We welcome the government’s ambitious target of 5GW of electrolytic hydrogen production by 2030, but we must move further and faster on policy if we are to unlock the benefits green hydrogen will bring.

“Green hydrogen could provide a secure supply of green energy while also helping the UK in its efforts to decarbonise. We look forward to working with policymakers to ensure the country can fulfil its potential in this exciting developing technology.”


What is Green Hydrogen?


The colours involved in terms like “green hydrogen” or “blue hydrogen” indicate the way the hydrogen itself is produced.

Green hydrogen is produced by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen using renewable electricity. Clean electricity from surplus renewable energy is used to electrolyse water, then an electrochemical reaction splits the water into hydrogen and oxygen.

This means it is a capital-intensive choice, as its success depends on a huge scaling up of renewable technology infrastructure, such as wind farms.

The government has set a target of 10GW of low-carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030, at least half of which will be green. 

Picture: a graphic showing several bubbles with the words "H2" inside. Image Credit: Pixabay

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 12 July 2023


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