Hydrogen applications and uses are many and varied. As countries and companies move to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition to clean energy, hydrogen is increasingly the solution of choice. Green hydrogen from renewable sources holds the fantastic potential to reduce the carbon intensity of fuels, power production, transportation, chemicals, and other economically important applications. While the potential is great, so are the challenges which are why it is critical to consult with experts before investing in or taking on a new hydrogen project.
We will never run out of hydrogen, the simplest and most abundant element in the universe. However, here on earth, it is mainly found bound to oxygen (in water) and carbon (in hydrocarbons), and production requires specialized equipment and significant energy input. Hydrogen also presents a number of unique challenges for compression, storage, transportation, and use. The small size of hydrogen molecules and material compatibility issues must be considered when selecting compressors, storage tanks, pipelines, and other critical equipment and infrastructure. Finally, the use of hydrogen in existing equipment, such as gas turbines, requires precise modifications. Other applications of interest include:
- Hydroprocessing – use of green hydrogen to remove impurities and lower the carbon intensity of renewable fuels as well as conventional petroleum products
- Co-firing – blending hydrogen with natural gas for power production and process heating
- Fuel cells – an electrochemical combination of hydrogen and oxygen to produce emission-free power for both mobile and stationary applications
- Metals – hydrogen is used as a reducing agent for steel production
- Chemicals – hydrogen is a key feedstock for ammonia and specialty chemicals
Large renewable energy and biochemical consulting firms like Lee Enterprises Consulting normally offer a wide range of services in biofuels, biochemicals, biotechnologies, biomaterials, synthetic biology commercialization, feedstocks, and hemp/cannabis. These groups will likely also have experts in specialized areas like hydrogen, methanol, activated sludge, agbiotech, animal nutrition, biopharmaceuticals, cannabis, carbon capture, cell-based meats, energy markets, greenhouse gas, methane expert, plastics, polyethylene, polymers, polyurethane, renewable hydrogen, project finance, waste management, emerging renewable technologies, forestry biomass, green diesel, jet fuels, low carbon fuel standards, marine biofuels, MSW, renewable jet fuel, renewable natural gas, aviation fuel, syngas, synthetic biology, advanced biofuels, activated carbon, anaerobic biogas, bio-based chemicals, biocatalysis, biomass technologies, biopharmaceuticals, Fischer Tropsch, gasification, and renewable diesel.
With over 150 experts worldwide, Lee Enterprises Consulting has experts in these and many other specific clean and renewable areas. This is a multidisciplinary group of green energy consultants that is a virtual “one-stop-shop” for any client need and handles projects of all types and sizes. Look at our experts and the services we provide. Most of our experts are also available to advise and serve as expert witnesses in bioeconomy litigation matters. For the larger projects, we specialize in putting together full-service, interdisciplinary teams with one point of contact. See a video about LEC here. Call us at 1+ (501) 833-8511 or email us for more information.