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Hydrogen in UK Transportation – From Potential to Reality – Workshop

July 8

About the Workshop

The UK Hydrogen Strategy, developed by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, is integral to the UK’s commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 and meeting its Sixth Carbon Budget by 2035. The strategy sets an ambitious target to scale up low-carbon hydrogen production to 10 GW by 2030.

For the UK to achieve net zero by 2050, its surface transport must transition from fossil fuels to sustainable electricity, hydrogen, and other renewable sources. The UK Transport Vision 2050 highlights that this significant transition will primarily occur between 2030 and 2050. By 2050, electric propulsion is anticipated to become the dominant mode, necessitating extensive battery production and resources. Hydrogen is poised to power about 20% of Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs), buses, and coaches, and contribute to 5% of air and 3% of maritime transport. Ammonia and methanol are also projected to become major fuels for 24% and 44% of maritime transport, respectively, further increasing hydrogen demand.

The UK Hydrogen Strategy projects a demand for up to 6 TWh of low-carbon hydrogen in the transport sector by 2030. By 2050, the UK Transport Vision 2050 estimates the hydrogen requirement for transport will be around 69 TWh, including the demand for ammonia and methanol in maritime applications.

Key Discussion Points to Explore:

1. What are the main technical and regulatory challenges in expanding the UK’s hydrogen production and storage capabilities?

2. How can existing infrastructure in the UK be utilised to expedite the rollout of hydrogen technologies?

3. What tailored strategies would you recommend for the adoption of hydrogen technologies across various transport sectors such as maritime, road, and aviation in the UK?

This project aims to provide comprehensive support to the national transportation authority in assessing hydrogen technologies for future use. The final outcome will be a detailed white paper that outlines the current status of hydrogen technology in transportation, explores potential future applications, and offers strategic recommendations for its deployment. As part of our commitment to advancing the dialogue on hydrogen in transportation, the insights and contributions from participants at our workshop will be instrumental in developing the white paper. Your valuable input will be acknowledged in the final document.

The study is being funded by the Warwick University Policy Support Fund 2023 – 2024.


July 8


University of Warwick
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