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Could Synthetic Methane Unlock Hydrogen's Potential?

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Hydrogen is increasingly seen as a means to overcome some of the shortcomings of renewables, such as intermittency and a lack of seasonal storage, while also allowing renewable energy to be shipped around the world. What is often less clear is how this will work in practice. No one has really tried yet to liquefy hydrogen at scale, which requires much cooler temperatures than LNG, and different ships to then move it. The amount of energy needed to liquefy that hydrogen is also very significant. Converting hydrogen to ammonia is another option, but it is very toxic. An alternative solution, pursued by Tree Energy Solutions (TES), involves using hydrogen to make synthetic methane, which is easier to transport and for customers to use, the firm’s newly appointed CEO Marco Alvera explains in an interview with Energy Intelligence.

Topics:
Carbon Capture (CCS), CO2 Emissions, Emerging Technologies, Hydrogen
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