Net Zero North West | Electrolytic Hydrogen recommendations
Anchored by the proposed HyNet project, the North West of England and North East Wales is at the forefront of global hydrogen innovation. Recently announced as a Track 1 cluster, HyNet has the potential to decarbonise swathes of industry across the region by providing networked
access to low carbon (CCUS enabled) hydrogen, delivering substantial carbon savings in the 2020s and beyond.
However, with the region’s ambition to be home to the world’s first net zero industrial cluster by 2040, HyNet alone will not be the complete solution. Under current proposals, a significant number of consumers will not have access to network connected
hydrogen and will need to embrace alternative decarbonisation options. There are also sociopolitical concerns about CCUS enabled hydrogen, and to many it is regarded as a transition fuel with its core purpose being to stimulate the development of a future electrolytic hydrogen
economy. However, although the HyNet proposals are well developed and documented, there is a gap in the literature around what a future electrolytic hydrogen economy for the region would entail