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World Hydrogen Leader Charley Rattan Associates

UK based offshore wind & hydrogen corporate advisor and trainer; Faculty member World Hydrogen Leaders. Delivering global hydrogen and offshore wind corporate investment advice, business...

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Bob Meinetz on Jan 30, 2021

Shell always seems to be building new wind fields near "old gas fields", or "old oil fields", in the North Sea.

From a business standpoint, it would be far more profitable to build "fake hydrogen fields" - where the company extracts gas from offshore platforms, steam-reforms it to make hydrogen, then pretends like it came from water electrolyzed by "that wind turbine over there". Greenwashed, brown hydrogen.

Few would understand why an offshore wind turbine would be incapable of making enough hydrogen to be worth building a pipeline to it, after all. 

Would they?

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Matt Chester on Feb 1, 2021

Interesting development. Charley-- do you think it's overall  positive occurrence when Shell or another oil major takes control of these projects (getting the funding is important, having them built is needed) or are there more questions or challenges that arise (would it be better if these were independent from the oil and gas sector as much as possible, potential conflicts of interest)?

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