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Volume 41, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0263-5046
  • E-ISSN: 1365-2397

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Summary

International efforts to decarbonise the global energy sector require the immediate deployment of all available clean energy technologies including a major push to increase energy efficiency and a significant scaling up of renewable energy. Herein, we provide a short overview of the role hydrogen can play in decarbonising the energy sector and on the primary sources of hydrogen. Ireland has significant potential for domestic green hydrogen production because of its considerable offshore and onshore wind potential. Hydrogen can also be used as a temporary energy store and help to address challenges associated with the future ramping up of renewable electricity generation. This will require hydrogen to be stored in high pressure tanks on the surface or in underground (geological) storage. Salt cavern geostorage potential exists within Permian and Triassic basins, and we provisionally estimate a hydrogen working gas capacity of 1.6 TWh for a planned storage facility on Islandmagee in Northern Ireland. Hydrogen geostorage potential also exists in depleted gas fields, and we provisionally estimate hydrogen working gas capacities of 67 TWh and 38 TWh for the Kinsale Head and Corrib gas fields, respectively. Further research is required to properly assess the hydrogen geostorage potential in Ireland.

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