Hydrogen Introduction

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PE Media Network has launched the Interactive Hydrogen Dashboard to cater to the burgeoning demand for independent analysis of the developing hydrogen economy.

Hydrogen is expected to be at the heart of the energy industry’s efforts to achieve net-zero emissions over the coming decades. The new visual information tool will shed light on the business strategies behind the buildout of the sector and detail each step of the creation of the international hydrogen economy.

The PE Maps team has been the leading cartographic authority for the oil and gas industry for many years and is utilising this experience to create a visual representation of the hydrogen economy.

The Interactive Hydrogen Dashboard is a comprehensive source of information on dedicated hydrogen projects and hydrogen-related facilities. The web-based platform allows individuals to access the latest project data, such as facility status and ownership details, as well as detailed explanations of processes and other critical pieces of information.

The dashboard has three map sections which can be opened via the tabs on the top menu or by clicking the buttons below:

H2 Technology
H2 Source Feedstock
Applications

PE Maps is producing the Interactive Hydrogen Dashboard in association with ExxonMobil.

ExxonMobil, one of the largest publicly traded international energy companies, uses technology and innovation to help meet the world’s growing energy needs. ExxonMobil holds an industry-leading inventory of resources, is one of the largest refiners and marketers of petroleum products, and its chemical company is one of the largest in the world.

Peter Ramsay - Editor in Chief, PE Media Network

What is Hydrogen

Hydrogen

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. Hydrogen makes no SOx or particulate matter at the point of use. In fuel cell applications, it also makes no NOx.
2. The advantage of using hydrogen as an energy carrier is that when it combines with oxygen, the only byproducts are water and heat. No greenhouse gases are produced. So when made with low-carbon electricity or CCS, it also reduces CO2.

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
2. Nations are investigating ways to make cuts in emissions and address public sentiment
3. Banks and other financial institutions want to be associated with lower carbon projects

Interactive maps

Trying to make sense of the data can be difficult. The team has developed three interactive maps with data dashboards:

H2 Technology

This map and dataset focus on the technology used to produce hydrogen, what sectors that hydrogen is used in and descriptions of technologies available.

H2 Source Feedstock

This map and dataset focus on the source feedstock which is production via electricity or fossil fuels.

H2 Applications

This map and dataset focus on the applications for hydrogen, where hydrogen is used in industry, transportation, buildings (residential/commercial) or power generation.


Using the map

Click on the tabs at the top of the webpage to visit each section and explore the maps.

By default, each map appears in 3D mode, but you change that by toggling the 2D/3D button in the bottom left of the map. For the legend click the icon on the top right and to change the base map click the lower icon on the top right of the map.

To explore the data, simply zoom in on the map and click any of the Hydrogen icons. This will reveal a pop-up data table with information about that project.

Each page features some analysis of the data displayed on the map. These are dynamic graphics, so as the team alter or add to the database these graphics will automatically reflect any changes.


For more detailed information about how to use this map download our User Guide