One man existential crisis generator Grant Shapps, the Minister for Alternative Realities in the UK's theoretically Conservative government revealed yesterday that Hydrogen is to be pumped into Britain's main gas pipeline by 2025 as part of a scramble to ditch fossil fuels and move to net zero.
2pc and 5pc of the fuel flowing through the country's transmission
network will then be hydrogen in two years under plans drawn up by National
Gas, which owns the pipelines. The switch from Carbon Dioxide emitting natural gas, though completely unfeasible for well established technical, scientific and safety reasons, to highly volatile, expensive to produce and store253 (in liquid form at a temperature of -253 degrees C,) and difficult to transport, Hydrogen will become a flagship policy for
The Ministry of Alternative Realities The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero
The blending would be the first step in plans to convert the network so that it can be filled entirely with hydrogen by 2050, as part of a national overhaul to cut carbon emissions.
Jon Butterworth, chief executive of National Gas, said: “What we’re trying to achieve is to make sure there’s a balanced response to energy.
“On a winter’s day, you’ve got seven times more energy going through the gas network than the electricity network.
“We’ve got to look at ways to decarbonise that, while making sure that industry is still provided for – that businesses have the gas they need.
“So we are transferring slowly into hydrogen – we’re going to repurpose our system slowly over time into hydrogen, for the areas that can’t be electrified.”
If only doing it were as easy as saying it.
National Gas’s 4,700-mile transmission network currently moves gas, piped in from drilling fields or shipped in from abroad, under high pressure to different areas around the UK, where it is then picked up by smaller distribution networks and taken on to homes and businesses.
Technically, hydrogen, apart from the energy intensive method of
production which requires far more energy that the Hydrogen it yields could produce, is very hard to keep contained. It is the smallest monatomic element
and can seep between the faces of the tightest connections and
smallest intergranular cracks in pipes and containers. A few decades ago I knew several people who worked at the British Oxygen Co. (BOC) factory in Worsley, Manchester, where industrial gases were produced, and they would talk in the pub about the frequent hydrogen leaks in various process areas. It was
normal practice to set them alight until the next shut down.
Hydrogen possesses the NFPA 704's highest rating of 4 on the flammability scale because it is flammable when mixed even in small amounts with ordinary air; ignition can occur at a volumetric ratio of hydrogen to air as low as 4% due to the oxygen in the air and the simplicity and chemical properties of the reaction.
What are the challenges with hydrogen storage?
Due to the low density of hydrogen, its storage requires large volumes and is associated with high pressures and low temperatures. This poses a challenge for both storage and transport infrastructures, as generally expensive and high-capacity methods are required.
Only approved materials and tools should be used with Hydrogen.And where’s all the extra energy to come from to produce this Hydrogen, liquify and store it, and upgrade (i.e. completely replace,) the current gas network for its suitability,
About 2 years ago the Government in conjunction with industry partners initiated at 5 year 'test' market of hydrogen power in Redcar and Whitby, small towns with a combined population of 50,000.
They now plan to use these findings to rollout hydrogen across the nation of plus 70 million people, a nation with massive urban settlements, complex industrial and business sectors with high demand for reliable affordable energy and an expensive welfare system totally dependent on taxation of the profits of thriving business.
It seems they haven't waited for the results of these pitifully small, truly unrepresentative test markets before going ahead with hydrogen.
There was never any credible real world test market for wind and solar either and look what that produced versus the marketing claims.
In addition informed residents in Redcar and Whitby with evidence objected to being used in this experiment.
Hydrogen will not save us. Rather than me explaining it, let me introduce Sabine Hossenfelder (with a PhD in physics). And she is quite funny, too, which might be surprising for some as she is German...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zklo4Z1SqkE
Reading what could have only been government agreed rebuttals made by industry I was shocked at the disrespect, personal slurs and avoidance of answering the questions, reminiscent in tone and content of political bullies everywhere in history.
The government and the Labour/Lib Dem green energy strategy is a critical danger to the provision of every major basic need in this country -- energy, food supply, transport and healthcare. There are no benefits from their policies, and they disguise this with computer modelled threats of global warming that haven't ever been measured in the real world. Like COVID.
Simply they all are behaving like tyrants, ignorant, irresponsible, uncaring and abusing the law to enforce bad policy.It seems they place the ambitions of the World Economic Forum and other globalist organisations far ahead of the welfare of people who elected them.