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Underground hydrogen storage in the UK

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Howard B. J. Stone
Howard B. J. Stone
Arup Energy Strategy, 13 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 4BQ
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Ivo Veldhuis
Ivo Veldhuis
Ship Science Department, School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK
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R. Neil Richardson
R. Neil Richardson
Energy Research Group, School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK
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Published:
January 01, 2009

Abstract

To utilize the full potential of hydrogen energy in the UK a number of economic, technical and environmental factors must be considered. An important factor in replacing fossil fuels with hydrogen will be the practicality of storing a sufficient quantity to smooth out fluctuations in demand and provide a strategic reserve. This paper investigates the potential for large-scale underground hydrogen storage in the UK by considering the technical, geological and physical issues of storage, the locations of salt deposits, legal and economic aspects. In addition, reference is made to the equations of state applicable to this type of storage. The results of this investigation show that the UK has a number of potential locations where underground storage would provide a strategic reserve of hydrogen.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Underground Gas Storage: Worldwide Experiences and Future Development in the UK and Europe

D. J. Evans
D. J. Evans
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R. A. Chadwick
R. A. Chadwick
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Geological Society of London
Volume
313
ISBN electronic:
9781862395619
Publication date:
January 01, 2009

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