In January Pale Blue Dot Energy were delighted to have a one-week free trial of a hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai, courtesy of Aberdeen City Council.
The car piqued the interest of family members, neighbours and passers-by, who at the very least were taken in by the bodywork (see photographs). Most importantly it generated a lot of discussion about the case for hydrogen cars versus electric cars – especially in the Pale Blue Dot office.
Hydrogen is emerging as an exciting future energy source to help drastically cut emissions from those ‘hard to decarbonise’ sectors (heat, transport and industry) that have haunted the dreams of our Energy and Environment Ministers over the last decade.
As the Oil and Gas Authority continues to work with industry to develop a single, compelling vision for the UK oil and gas industry, it is important to ensure that the Vision adequately addresses the threats and opportunities created by the transition to a low carbon future.
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.