Hydrogen Ireland Association and a group of leading industrial players, and public sector bodies have come together to launch a coordinated strategy report for the deployment of hydrogen mobility in Ireland.
The transport sector is currently the second-highest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland. The use of hydrogen as a fuel for cars and heavy-duty vehicles can enable zero-emissions transport.
We are reaching a consensus globally that renewables have a big role to play in reducing emissions and that electrification and storage can work hand in hand. Hydrogen is versatile and is becoming very cost-effective to produce from renewables. There are multiple projects across Europe, US, and Asia that are scaling hydrogen production technology, allowing hydrogen to replace fossil fuels in steel & fertiliser industries, being shipped from Australia to Japan and enabling an unprecedented amount of interest for hydrogen transport; in fuel cell buses, cars, trains, and trucks. These vehicles are difficult to decarbonise at scale other than using hydrogen.
In Ireland, currently, about 35% of our electricity is from renewable wind. Ireland’s Climate Action Plan has aimed to reach 70% renewables by 2030, ban the sale of new petrol & diesel vehicles and have a million electric vehicles on the roads. Hydrogen in transport can support renewable energy, it can start small and scaleup fast to help enable Ireland’s Climate Action Plan to happen, making a real impact to reduce emissions in transport by 2030, for our climate & for our health.
“We see hydrogen playing a role in achieving Ireland’s climate targets in Transport, Heating, Energy & Storage. Our aim is to connect hydrogen with all sectors of energy and society, creating a new clean, zero-emission economy” Dr James Carton, Hydrogen Ireland Association.
Key Report Findings:
By 2030 the Hydrogen Mobility Ireland Strategy can Deliver many Benefits for Ireland, including:
– Hydrogen as a mass-market fully zero-carbon fuel
– Cost competitive clean transport
– No local pollutant emissions
– A solution for heavy use transport
– Direct benefits for the Irish economy
– Catalysing other hydrogen energy applications
– Hydrogen from renewable energy
– Hydrogen Fuel cell vehicles to include 30 Buses, 50 cars & 10 Trucks on Irish roads by 2023
Please download the full public report HERE http://hydrogenireland.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/HMI_report_final_Oct3rd2019-2.pdf and Summary report HERE http://hydrogenireland.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/HMI_narrative_summary_final_Oct3rd2019.pdf