In a Forbes article, Guidehouse discusses how hydrogen and natural gas can be used to decarbonize global energy systems
As more governments aim to go green, many are looking to hydrogen and natural gas as sustainable energy sources, thanks to advances in technology.
In an article for Forbes, Guidehouse’s Mark Eisenhower, partner, and Daan Peters, director, explained the different types of hydrogen – green hydrogen, derived from cracking water, and blue hydrogen, attained by reforming natural gas or from coal – and how world regions are looking to use it as an additive to natural gas or fuel.
According to Peters, Europe sees hydrogen as a pathway to achieve the goals set out in the region’s Green Deal. He explained how a consortium of European countries is planning a giant, 10-gigawatt wind farm in the North Sea, which will be devoted to the electrolysis of water to produce over 800,000 tons of green hydrogen annually.
In the United States, policy and stakeholder objectives are being implemented in a myriad of pathways to achieve goals of mid-century decarbonization.
“In the near term renewable natural gas, hydrogen-enriched natural gas, and hydrogen networks are viable technologies that can be utilized to decarbonize the current pipeline commodity,” Eisenhower said.
By using decarbonized gas in existing pipeline infrastructure along with electrification and clean energy development, countries can help support a cost-effective transition to a decarbonized and resilient energy system, he added.