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Barclays Investment Bank....'As demand for fossil fuel alternatives rises, #hydrogen stands out as an attractive, scalable alternative to electrification for hard-to-electrify parts...'

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Amal Khashab on Jun 6, 2020

That sounds good. Thanks.

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Roger Arnold on Jun 6, 2020

Not being an "authorized client of Barclay's Investment Bank", I don't have access to the full report. However I wasn't blown away by the summary information posted. Nothing really wrong with it that I can see, but rather lightweight. It doesn't touch on many of the more interesting and critical issues relavent to the future course of the hydrogen economy.

Example 1: no mention of the "blue vs. green" hydrogen issue and how it ties in with carbon pricing, CCUS, future directions for the oil and gas industry, and implications for political support in the "fight against climate change".

Example 2: the summary's "four roles for hydrogen in a low-carbon world" completely misses what could be the most decisive role: long distance energy transport. For large scale energy transport over long distance, gas pipelines end up being more efficient, more economical, and less environmentally disruptive than electrical power lines. Since large geographical areas differ greatly in quality of renewable resources, long distance energy transport is critical to making the goal of a "100% renewable" energy economy a workable possibility.

Example 3: the summary's first role for hydrogen, "renewable energy storage", says nothing about the competition between hydrogen and storage batteries for that role. It doesn't mention how storage requirements change for hourly, daily, weekly, and seasonal time scales.

I could go on, but I'd need to read the full report to comment meaningfully. Perhaps it has interesting things to say about all the points I've raised. All I can really say here is that if the summary is representative, then I think Barclay's could do better for its clients.

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