For COP27 Decarbonisation Day, we talk green technology solutions. With the support of public and private investment, UK green technology firms can compete beyond the UK
Published November 2022
In the Midlands, energy is one of the most challenging societal issues today. The only way to solve this complex problem is through decarbonisation, which requires emerging technologies to be commercialised faster. We already have a range of green technologies that are solutions to climate change. These can be deployed quickly, with fuels that are already widely available. One technology ripe for commercialisation is fuel cells.
Fuel cells are a green technology that we can use with common infrastructure fuels as a stepping stone towards the hydrogen economy. In the future, hydrogen can be utilised as a carbon-free fuel. Using fuel cells with accessible fuels such as propane and biofuels generates energy more efficiently than technologies in use today, with far lower emissions. This also solves the intermittency of renewable energy through the creation and storage of green hydrogen from curtailed renewable energy.
The positive effects of using green technologies are threefold. Global energy security, solving climate change and eliminating air pollution. However, infrastructure Investment is vital to scale up these technologies. Without regular financial support from both private and public sectors, fledgling firms will not be able to sustain long-term growth. This could mean missing out on the multitude of benefits that is offered by green energy usage. Global leaders are regularly meeting to put pressure on the investment community into supporting green industries.
To solve climate change, we must do the same. We must ask our political representatives to improve and increase investments into green technology. We must act now.
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