The energy transition over the next 30 years will require a lot of solutions to integrate with each other and compromises to be made.
Hydrogen’s growth is just one area that shows people are taking climate change more seriously. That is a positive change across the board. It is the standout area by far for decarbonising human activity on this planet.
About the Episode: In this episode, the Pangea SI Expert provides a comprehensive overview of electrolysers, the three main electrolyser technologies being used at scale today and an outlook of hydrogen production in the future.
About the Pangea SI Expert: With a career spanning 30 years in the energy and chemical sectors, this Expert has held various international leadership roles for over 10 years, and received several European Business/Technology Innovation awards.
Q: What role do you see electrolysis playing in hydrogen production of the future?
Pangea SI Expert: Hydrogen can be produced from catalytic thermal technologies such as steam methane reformers or auto thermal reformers. They’re quite similar – really big pieces of equipment costing millions and millions of euros. They consume natural gas which flows through a catalyst at very high temperatures and out comes hydrogen or syngas which is then refined either to produce carbon monoxide and hydrogen or the are optimised selectively towards the hydrogen. This is a very established technology, operated at scale hundreds of plants around the world. At present, 95%, maybe 98% of the world’s hydrogen is produced in this way, but electrolysers are catching up. The big difference that electrolysers have versus a steam methane reformer is that they consume electrical power and water to make the hydrogen, whereas the steam methane reformer relies on a fossil fuel. It relies on natural gas. Or some of them consume Naphtha, a refinery product, but again they’re linked to fossil fuel sources.
“A decade ago, I was very concerned about climate change and what the world would be like for future generations. Seeing how low-carbon hydrogen has been embraced at a political level and is being used at scale in the energy, mobility and industrial sectors gives me tremendous optimism for the future.”
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Expertise in hydrogen and the broader industrial gases industry, with 30 years in the sector, having served as the Global Head of Specialty Gases, which covered a range of products including hydrogen and hydrogen electroysers.
Key Achievements: ✔ 16 years in England with BOC Gases, undertaking a range of management and senior director roles at national and international level in hydrogen, cylinder gases, bulk gases on-site gas supply.
✔ For 4 of those years, Expert was the global head of a product division, which included hydrogen.
✔ 11 years’ experience in Germany with a leading Gas and Chemicals company.
✔ Scope of role covered strategy, M&A, marketing & supply chain. Achieved #1 global market share position.
✔ Expert has consulted for PE companies on several M&A deals (including the Linde / Praxair merger), and regularly advises investors interested in the industrial gases space.
✔ Expert is a member of the H2 View and gasworld editorial advisory boards and frequently researches and writes trade journal feature articles in industry publications.
Relevant Educational Background:
– Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering.
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