Hydrogen produced from surplus renewable power, or gasification of coal/biomass with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), can be injected into the gas grid and used as a major energy store to support the decarbonisation and distribution of energy supplies. The approach could be the biggest single step in enabling the low carbon energy transformation. The concept is already being tested in Germany, but in many countries the approach is barely recognised.
Energy storage is integral to life as we know it. Since it was discovered that electricity could be put to use in practical applications, scientists have been searching for more efficient ways to store and utilise it, and this search still goes on.
Pale Blue Dot Energy, the Aberdeen based Corporate Development Advisor to the Energy Business and Large Energy Users, has been awarded a 12 month contract by Tees Valley Unlimited, a local enterprise partnership, to develop the business case for an industrial Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) network on Teesside.
In all the debate and discussion about the possibilities for shale gas in the UK and in wider Europe, there has been little rational discussion about the practical implications of large scale development of shale gas. In this article we seek to debunk a few myths, and point out some as yet undebated realities.