Make Hydrogen Happen

(H2T)–As the world increasingly seeks sustainable and efficient energy solutions, there is a general consensus that H2 will play a significant role. This makes the question of how this product is best transported not just a technical issue, but also one with profound environmental, economic and geopolitical implications. A growing number of policymakers and ammonia (NH3) industry proponents have recently begun to champion NH3 as the best way to transport H2 and as a viable alternative to pure H2 for various applications, including as a fuel for the maritime industry, an energy storage medium, and feedstock for electricity generation.

 

This perspective touts the potential of “green ammonia”—NH3 produced from H2 derived from renewable sources like wind, solar or hydropower—as a more practical and economically viable solution than pure hydrogen. This article examines this narrative, showing how it arises from two sources: first, from a limited perspective on the emerging opportunities provided by H2; and second, from a lack of awareness of recent advances in transport technologies from both gaseous and liquid H2. Based on an in-depth exploration into the production, storage, utilization, safety and economic aspects of both H2 and NH3, this work will show that pure, unadulterated H3 is a superior option in all cases except for the indispensable role green NH3 will play as a primary component in fertilizer production and within several niche markets now served by NH3 derived from non-renewable sources.

 

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