Blue Vs. Green Hydrogen: Which Will The Market Choose?

SectorOil & Gas
CountryMiddle east

As U.S regulators and industry leaders mull how to consider introducing hydrogen into the nation’s energy supply mix, they’re faced with a choice that sounds more like a decision pondered by the hosts of one of TV’s many home fixer-upper shows – should they go with blue hydrogen or green hydrogen, and what combination of the two will create the right mix? The answers to those questions will likely have a great impact on the speed with which the U.S. economy makes the transition to a zero-carbon future and the cost of getting there. Today about 99% of the hydrogen produced for industrial use – in refineries and manufacturing plants – is so-called “gray” hydrogen. Gray hydrogen principally is derived from natural gas, and its production results in the production of large volumes of CO₂, nine parts CO₂ for every one part hydrogen. Creating more environmentally friendly “blue” hydrogen, requires capturing that CO₂ and disposing of it in some manner, such more...