Quantifying future hydrogen demand for upgrading biofuels

Quantifying future hydrogen demand for upgrading biofuels

Ricardo Energy & Environment was commissioned by the UK Department for Transport (DfT) to investigate the future hydrogen demand to produce biofuels for the UK aviation sector.

Aviation biofuels can deliver important reductions in greenhouse gas emissions but their future uptake will depend on a range of factors, including the availability of hydrogen for the upgrading process. This study assessed the life cycle emissions of aviation biofuels (considering both fossil and renewable hydrogen used in their production), estimated the significance of future hydrogen demand from the aviation sector compared to other sectors, and explored the likelihood of aviation biofuel uptake based on a cost analysis.

This study’s findings contribute to enhancing DfT’s understanding of future hydrogen demand for aviation biofuel production and will support the development of future climate change and energy policy.

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