S4E17 - Is Hydrogen more of a Water Sector Miracle or a World's Decarbonization Problem?
with 🎙️ Paul Martin, Chemical process development expert & founder of Spitfire Research.
💧 Spitfire research is a Process development consulting company for a decarbonized future, where Paul acts as an antidote to marketing hopium and a tireless advocate for a fossil-fuel-free future.
This episode is the first part of a Hydrogen Economy trilogy!
What we covered:
🧪 How the thermodynamics and fundamental properties of the Hydrogen molecule turn it into a false hope of decarbonization strategies
🌡️ How given the way it's produced, hydrogen actually is a decarbonization problem
🪶 How Goethe is right: hope's preferable to despair unless hope needs the laws of physics to stop applying
⚡ How the biggest problem with green hydrogen production is not its water impact but its energy consumption
🏭 How hydrogen barely moves today, and what that reveals about the difficulty of using it as a transportation fuel
😒 How producing small amounts of hydrogen from wastewater treatment plants is fully doable, yet barely desirable
🦘 How optimizing the production of green hydrogen requires very specific geographic properties, and where that applies
🌬️ How the World barely features half the renewable production capacity needed if we wanted to just switch from gray to green hydrogen
👃 How the Hydrogen economy may well be the false nose of Fossil Fuel Companies to keep striving in a decarbonized world
📈 How Turquoise hydrogen production makes a lot of sense, already today, but has a limited market potential for its byproducts.
🧑🔬 How turning Biogas into Hydrogen sounds like a very weird thing to do.
🔬 How electrolysis processes don't really allow to valorize the oxygen byproduct today, and why.
🚚 How Hydrogen is an amazing good and tool, just not to be wasted as a fuel
🌍 How the European Union and the UK daydream about Hydrogen, and how it may be a last resort solution for Japan and South Korea
🔋 How batteries are not perfect but have a clear path to scale
🏚️ How to be serious and earnest about decarbonization, states shall start with relevant policies
🍏 How we shall start with the low hanging fruit when putting hydrogen and decarbonization in the same equation
🦌 Canada tackling carbon taxes, CO2 prices as business enablers, Hydrogen promoters being useful idiots, Hydrogen as a sunk cost fallacy, Hopium... and more!
🔥 ... and of course, we concluded with the 𝙧𝙖𝙥𝙞𝙙 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙚 𝙦𝙪𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 🔥
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