Written evidence from Frazer-Nash Consultancy has featured in a report by the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee on the role batteries and fuel cells could play in the UK’s goal of reaching net zero by 2050.
In the report, the committee highlights a number of issues of concern relating to the UK’s strategies for enabling increased battery and fuel cell storage. The committee calls for government to commit to capitalising on the opportunity to leapfrog to next-generation batteries, suggesting that the UK could achieve a competitive advantage; and makes several recommendations, in particular for the transport sector, increased infrastructure development and hydrogen investment.
Frazer-Nash’s Felix Ritchie, Thomas Bransden, Aileen Sartor and Stephen Livermore submitted a wide-ranging response to the Select Committee’s Call for Evidence, published on the House of Lords website in April, which included a description of the potential role batteries and fuel cells could play in decarbonising the maritime transport sector. The Committee’s report referenced this input, using Frazer-Nash’s evidence in relation to long distance ships to inform its note: ‘For larger ships, the energy source must be dense enough to propel their large weight over long voyages without refuelling’.
You can read the full report, ‘Battery strategy goes flat: Net-zero target at risk’ here.