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THE CATALYST FOR DECARBONISING THE UK?


A report has found that hydrogen has a potentially significant role to play in decarbonising the whole energy system in the UK, and that this could provide a blueprint for other countries seeking to do the same. A Future Hydrogen Economy


highlights the progress being made in demonstrating the use of hydrogen for transport and heat, stating the need for more policy progress and collaboration between government, academia, the private sector and other stakeholders to


shape future demand, change consumer perception and create the supply chains needed to allow the hydrogen economy to thrive. The report outlines clear steps needed for the UK, and countries


like it, to fully embrace hydrogen, including: stronger collaborative efforts between government and private organisations; sufficient engagement with consumers; incrementally increasing network capacity; a focus on delivering high profile projects quickly; and a joined up system approach with a balance of hydrogen and renewable electricity. The report is the result of


findings from extensive consultations and workshops with industry stakeholders.


AMAZON’S RENEWABLE


ENERGY PROJECTS Amazon.com has announced three new renewable energy projects as part of its long-term goal to power all Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) global infrastructure with renewable energy. These projects will deliver


wind-generated energy that will total over 229MW of power, with expected generation of over 670,000MWh of renewable energy annually. The new projects are part of


OFF-GRID SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM FOR ZIMBABWE


Swedish solar energy technology company, Midsummer, is supporting a charity school project in the rural Matopos area of southern Zimbabwe. Midsummer and the Paul &


Eszter Karaszi Education Foundation will equip a new computer centre and library at the


White Water secondary school with an off-grid solar energy system. Sven Lindström, CEO, Midsummer,


said: “We get the opportunity to donate an entire expandable solar energy system to support education in a poor rural area in Africa.” The computer centre and library will be a brand new 100m2


school


building. It has room for up to 40 students, a dozen teachers and will be equipped with 30 laptops and satellite internet communications, all powered by the modern solar energy system, complete with 47 panels, inverters and batteries, donated by Midsummer.


AWS’s commitment to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy for its global infrastructure. In 2018, AWS exceeded 50 per cent renewable energy for its global infrastructure. Once complete, these projects,


combined with AWS’s previous nine renewable energy projects, are expected to generate more than 2,700,000MWh of renewable energy annually. “Each of these projects brings


JUMPSTARTING THE ENERGY REVOLUTION


Four smart energy systems demonstrator projects across the UK have been announced by energy and clean growth minister, Claire Perry. From charging electric vehicles and


managing heating and power through machine learning, to storing power with lithium ion batteries and using heat pumps, these projects show how the very latest in energy innovation can be put together to provide cheaper, cleaner energy for users. The projects are: The Energy


Superhub, Oxford, led by Pivot Power LLP; ReFLEX Orkney, led by the European Marine Energy Centre;


Project Leo (Local Energy Oxfordshire), led by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks; and Smart Hub SLES, West Sussex, led by Advanced Infrastructure. By the early 2020s, they aim to


prove that smarter local energy systems can deliver cleaner and cheaper energy services. Minister Perry said: “We are at the


start of a green revolution, as we move to more digital, data-driven smart systems that will bring us cleaner and cheaper energy. These projects are set to spark a transformation and change the way


we interact with energy for the better, as part of our modern industrial strategy.” The projects are part of the


£102.5m Prospering from the Energy Revolution Challenge. The challenge brings together businesses working with the best research and expertise to transform the way energy is delivered and used. This includes providing energy in ways that consumers want by linking low carbon power, heating and transport systems with energy storage and advanced IT to create intelligent local energy systems and services.


us closer to our long-term commitment to use 100 per cent renewable energy to power our global AWS infrastructure,” said Peter DeSantis, vice president of global infrastructure and customer support, Amazon Web Services. “These projects are well-


positioned to serve AWS data centres in Ireland, Sweden, and the US. We expect more projects in 2019 as we continue toward our goal of powering all AWS global infrastructure with renewable energy.” Amazon has committed to


buying the energy from a new wind project in Ireland; a 91.2MW wind farm in Donegal. The Donegal wind farm project is expected to deliver clean energy no later than the end of 2021. The company will also


purchase 91MW of power from a new wind farm in Bäckhammar, Sweden, which is expected to deliver renewable energy by the end of 2020. In the US, AWS’s wind farm will


be located in California’s Tehachapi Mountains. This project is expected to bring up to 47MW of new renewable energy capacity by the end of 2020. Amazon also recently


announced Shipment Zero, which is the company’s vision to make all Amazon shipments net zero carbon, with 50 per cent of all shipments net zero by 2030.


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