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MP calls for funding for hydrogen for energy development

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WARRINGTON North MP Charlotte Nichols is calling on chancellor Rishi Sunak to put funding for developing hydrogen for energy at the heart of tomorrow’s comprehensive spending review.

She said that last week the prime minister announced a 10-point plan on the environment, which included a commitment to developing the use of hydrogen for energy.
The growth of the hydrogen sector had the potential to create thousands of new jobs in Warrington – and now the government had the opportunity to put its money where its mouth is and give the necessary funding.
She said “We are already seeing hydrogen trains in development at Alstom in Halton, hydrogen for aviation at Airbus in Manchester, HyNet across the North West, and massive potential for development of National Grid’s site in Rixton to support the expansion of the sector- all things that will create jobs locally.
“But the sector needs a proper strategy, properly resourced, by the government to underpin it’s growth.
“In order to ‘level up’ communities like Warrington we need a proper industrial strategy, rooted in green technologies such as hydrogen. I will continue to fight for us to get just that.”

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  1. To make hydrogen for a train requires three times the electrical energy that you’d get back from the hydrogen so it would be more efficient just to electrify all the rail systems. Hydrogen is only useful where there’s no other practical way of distributing power and because it’s production isn’t energy efficient or very green, it should only be used as a last resort.

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