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Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures he is taking to promote the use of (a) hydrogen as a (i) transport and (ii) stationary fuel source and (b) new technologies to provide renewable sources of hydrogen from waste. (92965)

Hydrogen is an ‘energy carrier’ rather than a fuel source as, like electricity, it can only be produced using energy.

Hydrogen can be used in:

a fuel cell, where it produces zero emissions at the point of use

normal combustion, (eg in an internal combustion engine).

In 2004, the Department of Trade and Industry, commissioned analysis from the energy consultants E4Tech, Element Energy, and Eoin Lees. This analysis indicates that for the UK, the use of hydrogen as a transport fuel offers significant opportunities for cost-competitive carbon dioxide reduction by 2030. Six different types of transport energy chain have this potential and also offer increased energy security. None is readily available today and each would require significant changes to the energy system. However, they are sufficiently promising to be worth pursuing as energy options for the UK. This analysis was published on the Department’s website and can be found at: