According to the National Grid’s Future Energy Scenarios (FES) report, hydrogen is “required” to meet the UK government’s goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
In fact, the most credible pathway outlined in the latest FES report indicates that the UK’s renewable energy sector will need to deliver a tenfold increase in hydrogen production if we’re going to meet our clean energy commitments.
But the storage and transport of green or blue hydrogen is still a major challenge for the UK’s hydrogen production, supply and storage companies. Hydrogen is an ultralight gas, which means that it needs to be compressed (and kept at high pressure) or chilled to at least −252.87 °C before it can be stored or transported effectively.
Plans include building dedicated hydrogen pipelines and storing hydrogen gas in naturally occurring salt caverns, both of these ideas require substantial investment and a more developed hydrogen industry.
Finding a cost-efficient and safe way to store and transport hydrogen is key to unlocking the UK’s hydrogen economy. This is why we are working in partnership with a leading university to design and manufacture pioneering lightweight, cost efficient and safe hydrogen storage and distribution pressure vessels.
Working in collaboration with teams within the track one clusters, our thermal mechanical engineers are experts in designing bespoke solutions for the safe storage and transportation of large volumes of hydrogen.