Governments are being ‘sold a pup on blue hydrogen from methane’. Chief executive of leading electrolyser manufacturer ITM Power tells Recharge why the notion of producing H2 from fossil fuels with carbon capture is ‘utter rubbish’ Advocates of blue hydrogen — produced from fossil fuels with carbon capture and storage (CCS) — are talking “utter rubbish” and pulling the wool over policymakers’ eyes, according to the boss of one of the world’s largest electrolyser manufacturers. “I’m worried that governments have been sold a pup with blue hydrogen and CCS,” says Graham Cooley, chief executive of UK-based ITM Power, using a British expression meaning “to be tricked into getting something not as good as promised”. “Not only is it more expensive than green hydrogen [over the medium term], it does not help you with energy storage or assimilate more renewables on the network, and is not a net-zero [emission] technology,” he tells Recharge, pointing out that it is not possible to capture all of the CO2 emissions when creating H2 from methane or coal. A net-zero energy system — such as the UK government has promised by 2050 — will therefore simply not be possible using blue hydrogen.
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