Wednesday 26 June 2019

Power giants in wind-to-hydrogen study

Dr Valerie Cummins from UCC
Dr Valerie Cummins from UCC

John Reynolds

Ahead of the Government's impending Climate Action Plan, the ESB and nine other Irish and foreign energy companies are examining the role that hydrogen produced by offshore wind energy might play in reducing carbon emissions from heating and transport.

Engie, a French utility with revenues of €60bn that aims to become a major player in renewable hydrogen is and industry partner of the study, as are two large Norwegian firms Statkraft Ireland and Equinor.

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Dr Valerie Cummins at University College Cork, who is the co-leader of the Eirwind study at the Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, said that hydrogen could become a mainstay fuel for transport in this country. It could also be used increasingly to power domestic and commercial heating systems.

Industry sources expect the Climate Action Plan to support the development of offshore wind resources here, electricity from which would split water into hydrogen and oxygen.

Cummins added that her study is also examining obstacles to offshore wind development.

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