In a recent article, Hydrogen Fuel News spoke to AES Corporation CEO, Andrés Gluski on how the global energy transition can make tangible progress via the blending of hydrogen (H2) with natural gas. Gulski stated that natural gas will remain necessary for the next two decades to satisfy the world’s energy needs, however that innovations in H2 blending can move humanity towards zero-carbon energy.
Gulski also noted that H2 by itself may not provide the full solution to the worlds’ carbon-free energy needs, but that by blending it with natural gas, we can reduce carbon emissions enough to buy time for pure hydrogen technology to mature. “I feel very confident in saying that, for the next 20 years, we need natural gas,” said the AES CEO. “Now, what we can start to do today is … start to blend it with green hydrogen.”
“So we’re (AES) running tests that you can blend it up to, say 20%, in existing turbines, and new turbines are coming out that can burn … much higher percentages,” he went on to explain. “But it’s just difficult to see that you’re going to have enough green hydrogen to substitute it like, in the next 10 years.”
Oceanit’s Hydropel technology, which was previously featured in Hydrogen Fuel News, was cited in the article as one blend-enabling technology that could make a significant impact. HydroPel reduces drag and the costs associated with compressing/transporting H2, while also lowering the risk of Hydrogen embrittlement.
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