Our demand for energy is fast growing and countries are striving to meet their decarbonization challenge. Many renewable sources of energy are mature and commercially competitive, but one element is usually forgotten: Hydrogen.
1 December 2018, By Tabea Mündlein
Hydrogen gas is a versatile energy carrier that has numerous potential uses. We have seen in our previous article about Electric Vehicles how the clean energy market is growing at a rapid pace. However, it still poses important emission issues, for example, the manufacture and recycle of batteries which still include a high share of power input from lignite, coal, and natural gas power plants. Therefore, to obtain truly green energy sources we need more efficient production process. Here hydrogen comes into play.
Recently, we have been witnessing a boom of start-ups working in the field of hydrogen to make this technology competitive as it could have several advantages over other energy carriers, such as batteries.
So, given that the most basic form of this technology has been around for nearly 150 years, why has its time suddenly come?