Today Hydrogen UK launched its ‘Hydrogen Accelerators’ report, providing a blueprint for the continued development of Britain’s entire hydrogen value chain. The Hydrogen Accelerators are a set of recommendations from 50 industry groups directed at the Government to ensure the successful deployment of hydrogen in the UK.
James Earl, Director of Gas at Energy Networks Association, which represents the UK's gas and electricity networks, said:
"Our gas networks are creating the world’s first zero carbon gas grid by speeding up the switch from natural gas to hydrogen for the 85% of UK households connected to the gas grid.
"For this to work, we need the whole hydrogen value chain to grow simultaneously - with production and demand developing alongside a network to transport that hydrogen from one to the other.
"Today's announcement from Hydrogen UK sets out a welcome and very timely set of recommendations which urgently need to be taken forward in order for this vision to become a reality."
About Energy Networks Association
Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the companies which operate the electricity wires, gas pipes and energy system in the UK and Ireland.
ENA helps its members meet the challenge of delivering electricity and gas to communities across the UK and Ireland safely, sustainably and reliably.
Its members include every major electricity and gas network operator in the UK and Ireland, independent operators, National Grid ESO which operates the electricity system in Great Britain and National Grid Gas which operates the gas system in Great Britain. Its affiliate membership also includes companies with an interest in energy, including Heathrow Airport and Network Rail.
What are energy network operators?
Energy network operators manage and maintain the wires, pipes and other infrastructure which delivers electricity and gas to your home, business and community. They are private companies which are regulated by Ofgem and employ around 45,000 people in the UK and Ireland. They are represented by their industry body, Energy Networks Association (that's us).