Hydrogen: Reaching the Long-Term Goal to Curb Emissions
Hydrogen, a frequently used term when there is a talk about sustainability and a carbon-free world. The world is looking up to hydrogen or rather green hydrogen when it comes to limiting global warming to well below 2oC. It’s not as if hydrogen has not been used earlier, the world is already using nearly 70 million tons of hydrogen annually, but it’s not carbon-free. Around 95% of the hydrogen produced today comes through fossil fuels, particularly through natural gas using the steam methane reforming process which releases carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
With the declining cost of renewables and electrolysis technology, the world is gearing up to hasten the production of green hydrogen in the next 5 to 10 years. We could already see announcements of GW scale green hydrogen production plants in various European countries. But there is a lot of work that needs to be done by governments and industry players before green hydrogen could bring in a domino effect and help the world in achieving its target of being carbon neutral by 2050. Along with this, hydrogen could have a large and developing addressable market. In fact, about 45% of energy-related greenhouse gasses could be decarbonized. (1) Implementation and utilization of hydrogen boiler systems could create a domino effect in reaching the main target of being carbon-neutral in the near future. Hang in there! Keep on crashing another block to recognize these flag bearers of green hydrogen!
One of the major causes of global warming is the production of greenhouse gases through the burning of fossil fuels, like natural gas. These gases couldn’t escape the atmosphere and instead remain trapped, causing the earth’s temperature to develop. These other industries response to this global climate emergency, in 2016, at the Accord on Climate Change in Paris, the UK policymaker, together with the world’s largest economies agreed to tackle global warming by becoming carbon neutral by 2050. As a result, traditional heating methods, which currently account for one-third of UK carbon emissions, are at the heart of the policymaker’s low carbon agenda and change is inevitable.
Low carbon heating methods are an essential ingredient to achieving the targets; this includes technologies such as heat inflates, solar, biomass, and the adoption of hydrogen boilers. Residential boilers have already been the target of substantial legislation, including a ban on non-condensing boilers, rendering all new boilers at least 90% efficient, as well as a complete ban on gas boilers in all new build properties from 2025. In line with this, these other sectors claim that their patented zero-emissions boiler system could help decarbonize the approximately $30 billion global commercial and industrial heating industry. (2) The clear future perspective of end-use applications might play a decisive role in laying down the foundation of the green hydrogen economy. Keep a keen ear to the ground, you deserve to know how to achieve a hydrogen-powered future!
Green hydrogen produced through renewables integrated electrolysis process could provide zero-carbon electricity to the grid as and when required. Currently, most of the flexible capacity comes mainly from fossil fuels and hydro resources. Green hydrogen might be the preferred choice in the upcoming years. Hydrogen boilers could be the next big step towards a carbon net-zero emissions society. A carbon-neutral future is just one tap away!
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