Naturally derived hydrogen drilled from the ground shows promising signs of being a significant factor in the race to a carbon-neutral future. Known as Geologic Hydrogen, this energy source could be a game changer in the quest for clean, renewable energy. Little is scientifically known about how much hydrogen is accessible underground and where it is, though geologists are homing in on methods to identify reserves.
Intrepid Leadership Matrix readers who recall a Hydrogen Powered Future know that when powering a fuel cell, the only byproducts of hydrogen are water and heat. Let’s review a few of the other attributes of hydrogen from that post:
- Hydrogen is the lightest and most abundant element in the universe, including here on Earth, where it makes up about 75% of the mass of all matter
- Hydrogen energy never dissipates until it is used, whether stored in liquid form or as a gas. Think about that one for a moment- other energy storage sources, like batteries, lose power over time and need to be recharged, even if not used. Not so for Hydrogen!
- While internal combustion engines operate at about 25% efficiency, and power plants run at about 35%, hydrogen fuel cells can operate at about 80% efficiency
Harnessing abundant supplies of naturally occurring hydrogen could be an energy game changer. Geological hydrogen can be assessed using the same drilling techniques used today and transported with existing pipelines. Some geologists have even found underground hydrogen coming out of old oil wells. The best part is that hydrogen is continuously produced in the Earth’s crust.
The uses for hydrogen are almost limitless. Momentum is surely building in the industry, with the 4th annual World Hydrogen Week scheduled to be held in the Netherlands in October. Having another widely available option for a zero-carbon future benefits everyone. Enjoy the story below about the progress being made to locate geological hydrogen. What do you think? Let me know by clicking here!
~ Brian Kasal- The Leadership Matrix
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