Green hydrogen sparking a sustainable energy revolution
- Dec 9, 2020 12:28 pm GMTDec 9, 2020 4:38 pm GMT
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Hydrogen, an already viable substitute for fossil fuels, has been struggling to gain traction for years. But that could soon change, thanks to Europe’s ambitious targets for scaling up green hydrogen production.
Green Hydrogen can be pulled out of water using electricity in a process called electrolysis. Using electricity from wind or solar power could vastly cut down on how much carbon dioxide the whole process creates.
Of course, generating green hydrogen can be more expensive than grey or blue hydrogen. Which is why the European Union sees natural gas as an important tool for getting to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. However, by improving electrolysing machines and reducing the cost of renewable energy, green hydrogen could compete with its grey counterpart as soon as 2030. This could completely revolutionise all forms of transportation, especially when it comes to larger vehicles, like trucks, buses and ships.
The EU has drawn up a roadmap of the ways green hydrogen could help them hit emissions targets. It could be used to decarbonise the gas grid, delivering heat and power around the Continent. Adding it to the grid wouldn’t require huge upgrades, and energy producers could convert to use pure hydrogen.
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