Climate change and air quality concerns have pushed clean energy up the global agenda. As we
make the switch to new, cleaner technologies and fuels, our experiences of using power, heat and
transport are going to change, transforming the way we live, work, and get from A to B.
Is this to be the end of the fossil fuel era?
As we transition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere, the increased use of hydrogen will be one potential option.
So why hydrogen?
1. The use of hydrogen greatly reduce NOx, SOx, and particulate matter. When made with low-carbon electricity or CCS, it also reduces CO2.
2. The advantage of using hydrogen as an energy carrier is that when it combines with
the only byproducts are water and heat. No greenhouse gases are produced
3. If hydrogen is produced from renewables and water, you have a sustainable production system
Hydrogen is a fundamental chemical element – one of life’s building blocks. It is the simplest
and most abundant element on earth. Finding naturally occurring hydrogen is very rare, however,
as it is highly reactive and forms chemical bonds with many other elements. As a result, there
are huge amounts of hydrogen bound up in common substances, such as water, methane and propane.
Why now for hydrogen?
Hydrogen has had many false-starts over the past 50 years, but the time may finally be right.
1. The world’s largest oil & gas companies are investigating ways to cut emissions, while
maintaining their balance sheet
2. Nations are investigating ways to make cuts in emissions in order to appease public
3. Banks and other financial institutions want to be associated with Green projects, and
so with traditional fossil fuels