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A Little Bit Here and a Little Bit There – Hydrogen for Renewable Fuels
August 8, 2023
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C-MACC Hydrogen Weekly Update 6

A Little Bit Here and a Little Bit There – Hydrogen for Renewable Fuels

Announcing an upcoming session led by C-MACC at the World Chemical Forum – September 12-14.

We invite you to register for the event and join our hydrogen panel session titled “The Role of Hydrogen in Decarbonizing Chemicals” on September 14th at 3:00 pm. Please contact Graham Copley to learn more.

Key Points

  • We tend to forget that many, if not most, renewable fuels programs, except those starting with syngas, need hydrogen to dehydrate or hydrogenate the fuels. They also all need green power.
  • Volume requirements are generally much smaller than for large ammonia/methanol projects, and tacking alongside a much larger blue hydrogen project may make sense where possible.
  • Green hydrogen is more modular in nature and would lend itself well to supporting renewable fuels as long as enough affordable renewable power can be found – challenging in regulated US states.
  • Most industrial manufacturers and fuel producers do not want to own their own power projects, but this may be something about which they have little choice, depending on their location.
  • Our project tracker this week looks at different scales and locations but draws a conclusion we have outlined before: China has a lead in green hydrogen – but it is not clear what that is worth.


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