Let’s be thankful for small mercies

4th Mar 2024


There’s a school of thought, which has some merit, that the priority sectors for using hydrogen should be energy intensive industry or process feedstock.

And space heating should initially be limited to those geographic areas around such industrial clusters given hydrogen is supplied there. All so far so good.

At a meeting of the APPG Energy Costs, I posed the following scenario:- For those businesses, industries and enterprises outside such industrial clusters, but requiring gas for heat, they have three choices. They can just shut up shop and close; they can look to relocate to these industrial clusters, or they get hydrogen piped to them through a repurposed but existing gas network. Faced with massive upheaval of local economic activity, job losses and associated adverse publicity, what do we think politicians will do faced with this?

During the same meeting, we were told by those who believe hydrogen will be in short supply, that industry should be prioritised, but it doesn’t actually want it. Apparently, it’s called the hydrogen paradox, because domestic heat should not get it, even if it wants it, according to these followers of the All-Electric cult. Confused, you should be but not as confused as they clearly are.

To cap off an enlightening evening, we heard from these same presenters that hydrogen will be in short supply but then again, there could be plenty of it. Apparently, with heat pumps higher volumes will lead to lower prices but not so with hydrogen production – yes, again you read all of  that correctly. They hate the thought of a worldwide market of hydrogen so much it clouds their judgement.

The only redeeming feature of the event was Mark Crowther’s robust defence of hydrogen, facing an audience of cult followers. That, and the fact that only one Parliamentarian was present to witness proceedings. Let’s be thankful for small mercies.