Green Hydrogen: Sustainable Options for Mobility and Industry

Green Hydrogen Sustainable Options for Mobility and Industry

Breaking Our Reliance on Fossil Fuels

Hydrogen-powered technology has seen a great deal of interest and innovation in the past decade, overcoming many of the barriers to widespread adoption: growing public awareness, and investment in fueling infrastructure. For automakers, with the increased production of fuel cell electrical vehicles (FCEVs) and California’s aim to have one million hydrogen fuel cars on its roads by 2030, the clean production of hydrogen is a key next step in consumers’ adoption of a decarbonized future. Clean hydrogen, or green hydrogen, has key advantages:

While alternative energy sources are critical to impacting climate change, today most hydrogen is produced from fossil fuels. The production of hydrogen through natural gas reforming or coal gasification has been a necessary growth step for the industry, but we are now poised to further remove our dependence on fossil fuels by expanding production in green hydrogen technologies.


Hydrogen Statistics:

  • The major hydrogen producing states are California, Louisiana, and Texas
  • 6% of global natural gas and 2% of global coal goes into hydrogen production
  • About 9 million metric tons of hydrogen are produced in the US annually


Is all hydrogen fuel green?

Hydrogen fuel is thought of as ‘clean power’ because it only produces water vapor emissions. However, hydrogen has traditionally been created through natural gas reforming. Hydrogen can be produced from any number of domestic resources:

  • Electrolysis – the use of electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen
  • Solar—solar thermochemical, photoelectrochemical (PEC) and photolytic biological water splitting
  • Wind—wind generated electricity to power electrolysis to produce hydrogen
  • Biomass—as most hydrogen produced today in the US is made through steam-methane reforming, biomass may be a viable alternative for methane

Green hydrogen emissions are carbon free, and these alternative technology pathways can further lower or eliminate emissions.


Did You Know: Water to Water

Most of the renewable sources of hydrogen rely on water. But just like nature’s water cycle, the use of hydrogen produces distilled water—about a liter per 100kms of hydrogen consumed in a FCEV car.

How can we reduce the production cost of hydrogen?

The Hydrogen Council, a global initiative dedicated to growing the hydrogen economy, expects hydrogen solutions costs to decrease by as much as 50% in the next 10 years, making hydrogen a viable competitor to both other low-carbon and conventional alternatives.

In recent years, climate change has become an increased focus to the public. Amidst the publicity of quickly-dropping emissions due to pandemic-related shutdowns, as well as a volatile oil and gas economy, some major companies and cities are beginning to make investments in new power sources to support a more sustainable future and reduce dependency on fossil fuels.

While our current hydrogen sources have been an important steppingstone toward a viable hydrogen supply chain, green hydrogen production will help us reach both the momentum and promise for greener mobility and industry.

Learn how Haskel is contributing to the development of cost-effective hydrogen refuelling and our newest solutions.

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