“Green” hydrogen: the energy of the future?
What is electrolysis?
Electrolysis uses an electric current to split water molecules (H2O) into hydrogen (H2) and oxygen (O). Today, electrolysis only accounts for around 5% of global hydrogen production, and most of that still uses natural gas or other conventional electricity sources.3 To generate purely “green” hydrogen, electrolysis will need to use renewable energies.
The good news is that electrolysis technology can easily be combined with wind or solar assets to make hydrogen. Using that “green” hydrogen as a complement to those intermittent energy sources could make renewables more practically and economically viable, and even serve as a powerful catalyst to their widespread adoption.
What makes “green” hydrogen great for renewables?
Experts have known for years that “green” hydrogen has the potential to store renewable energy for the long-term. With significant technological advances over the last 50 years, we believe “green” hydrogen may finally be the true fuel of the future.