445327 Hy-(drogen) Hopes in Clean Energy Landscape

Wednesday, April 13, 2016: 8:30 AM
340B (Hilton Americas - Houston)
Sanjiv Ratan, Hydrogen Product-line Business Unit, Technip Stone & Webster Process Technology, Claremont, CA

Manifesting the challenge of future energy demand against global strife and mandates for curbing GHG induced climate change; hydrogen is poised to be a strong contender in the future energy spectrum.   Strategic scenarios and roadmaps have been stipulated for addressing the future energy needs against the backdrop of strong environmental focus and clean energy targets. Its appreciable leverage and share is put on the power and transport sectors with gas, syngas and eventually hydrogen pathways rendering a progressive impetus in the longer run.    

Hydrogen’s role as a unique carrier of ultra clean energy is imminent despite any barriers or roadblocks put by skeptics debating its claimed viability. Based on its unparallel versatility and flexibility in culminating the different contemplated energy sources, whether fossil, renewable or nuclear into ‘one clean energy platform’, the hydrogen landscape is destined to be in the offing.   

Deliberations over fossil-derived syngas with carcon capture and storage or sequestration (against current IGCC and NGCC) and gradual deployment of hydrogen from fuel substitution to stationary and mobile fuel cells is expected to take off exponentially in the coming decades. The availability of abundant low-cost (unconventional) gas is presently boosting as a cost-effective low-carbon feedstock for generating large scale syngas and hydrogen while  well proven state-of-the-art technology. 

With renewable energy as well as nuclear power expected to gain more grounds in future defying current setbacks, concerted roadmaps and future trajectories are being forecasted on syngas and hydrogen as dominant clean energy routes in the longer term. The clean energy drivers will be well-to-wheel efficiency in conjunction with mandatory reduction in the CO2 footprint expanding to use of renewable power to generate “green hydrogen”. The economies of scale may also shift from large centralized power facilities to decentralized and distributed power generation, even digressing to household level.  

The talk will provide an overview on the imminent role of hydrogen in the realms of future clean energy landscape.

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