Green hydrogen and unicorns
image credit: credit: iStock
- Feb 27, 2021 2:09 am GMTFeb 27, 2021 2:02 am GMT
- 414 views
Question: what do green hydrogen and unicorns have in common?
Answer: they are both mythical.
Well, OK. Not entirely. Green hydrogen, as defined by proponents, does have at least the theoretical potential to be a real thing. Unicorns (as in magical creatures, not high-valued private startups), not so much.
The thing is, nearly all the hydrogen that’s currently labelled as “green”, isn’t. It’s a dark olive drab, shading toward black. AKA dirty.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not dissing the concept of green hydrogen. Electrolytic hydrogen produced using electricity from resources with zero atmospheric carbon emissions would be great! Stored fuel to replace natural gas for generating power on demand; chemical reducing agent to replace coked coal in steel production; chemical feedstock to produce clean ammonia for fertilizer and long term energy storage, … the list goes on.