- Aug 2, 2022 9:07 am GMT
Hopefully this can be a breakthrough in the USA and they can lead the rest of the world.
The surprise breakthrough tax and climate bill agreed yesterday by maverick coal-state Democratic senator Joe Manchin and Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer includes generous tax credits that would make green hydrogen cheaper to produce than grey in many parts of the US — at today’s prices, at least.
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The full text of the $433bn Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 — revealed today — shows that a tax credit for “qualified clean hydrogen” would pay producers up to $3 per kilogram (adjusted for inflation) — depending on the levels of lifecycle emissions and staff wages.
According to the latest figures from analyst S&P Global Platts, polluting grey H2 (made from unabated natural gas) costs $1.71-2.18/kg to produce, depending on where in the US it is made — all of which is cheaper than hydrogen produced elsewhere in the world, due to sky-high natural gas prices outside the US. Platts puts the cost of producing green hydrogen from renewable energy and electrolysis in a range between $3.73/kg in the US Northwest and $6.50/kg in the Southeast.
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