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New Energy World
New Energy World embraces the whole energy industry as it connects and converges to address the decarbonisation challenge. It covers progress being made across the industry, from the dynamics under way to reduce emissions in oil and gas, through improvements to the efficiency of energy conversion and use, to cutting-edge initiatives in renewable and low carbon technologies.
Research is underway to create an efficient, competitive way to produce green hydrogen with low environmental impact. Peter Keeley-Lopez, Senior Process Applications Engineer at Tetronics, suggests that plasma technology offers an exciting solution with great potential.
There’s a greater sense of urgency than ever to find more sustainable, secure, cost effective and ethical ways to source and store energy. As we look to replace fossil fuels, renewable sources like solar, wind, hydro, tidal and hydrogen have taken centre stage.
For some time, hydrogen has been seen as a key part of the solution. After all, it is the most abundant chemical element and accounts for around 75% of the mass of the universe. While hydrogen atoms are found in water, plants, animals and natural gas, it rarely exists on its own as a gas. It needs some form of extraction process to produce sufficient quantities to fuel industry, vehicles or homes.
Most processes used to manufacture hydrogen involve some level of carbon – in terms of both input and output. This has given rise to the idea of the ‘hydrogen rainbow’ which uses a colour code to differentiate the different manufacturing methods by their carbon intensity. At the current count there are at least 10 shades in an increasingly crowded rainbow, but the three that most people will be familiar with are a more muted palette of grey, blue and green.