The Anonymous Widower

Net Zero: Alternatives To Hydrogen

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on The Chemical Engineer.

This is the introductory sub-title.

An alternative view for how the UK can achieve net zero for housing and other users, without the wholesale use of hydrogen.

I agree with a lot of what the author says.

  • Better insulated houses with heat pumps, battery and thermal storage, and renewable energy.
  • The production of green hydrogen for use as a chemical feedstock.
  • Biofuels could be promising for heavy haulage, ships and trains.

I do think though, that he ignores, what I think will be a big market for hydrogen – the powering of vehicles like buses, trucks and freight trains in urban areas.

In fact, I believe that the hauling of freight trains, is a classic use for a battery electric locomotive, with a hydrogen-powered range extender.

Read the article!


August 17, 2020 - Posted by | Energy, Hydrogen, Transport | ,


  1. If you follow the “400 battery trains” link wjthin the Chemical Engineer article it leads to a Railway Gazette article re battery trains for UK. Mention is made of the Dencha units Hitachi supplied to Kyushu Railway in 2016. Misleadingly this is placed next to what I presume to be a futuristic mock up.

    The Dencha (JR BEC-819) units look somewhat different.

    I thought you might be interested in some footage of such units running “away from the wires.”

    I like the forward viewing area!

    Comment by Fenline scouser | August 18, 2020 | Reply

  2. Thanks!

    I do think that some trains need a forward facing video camera, that passengers can access over the train’s wi-fi. Ideal for keeping kids amused on long boring journeys.

    Comment by AnonW | August 18, 2020 | Reply

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