Hydrogen: Technology

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 9th June 2020.

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Photo of Greg Smith Greg Smith Conservative, Buckingham

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to create jobs in UK-based hydrogen technology businesses.

Photo of Kwasi Kwarteng Kwasi Kwarteng The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The Government is committed to exploring the development of hydrogen as a strategic decarbonised energy carrier, alongside electricity and other decarbonised gases. Recently, the government published its Energy Innovation Needs Assessment (EINA) for hydrogen and fuel cells which identified that in 2050 up to 15,000 jobs per annum could be created through domestic hydrogen opportunities. In order to support the development of hydrogen, unlocking jobs and growth we are:

  • Investing in innovation, with up to £121m supporting a range of projects exploring and developing hydrogen across the value chain;
  • Supporting hydrogen deployment through our £100m Low Carbon Hydrogen Fund; and
  • Developing sustainable business models to support low carbon hydrogen production at scale.

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