HYDROGEN AND THE NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY
Introduction to the workshop:
It’s evident that those whose business currently depends on natural gas, wherever they lie in that value chain, have a particular interest in the development of hydrogen economies. This session examines the players who are active in hydrogen, with particular focus on those from the natural gas value chain and the projects they are promoting and investing into. It describes some of the opportunities and challenges that exist in transitioning from natural gas towards hydrogen blends; or, eventually, 100% hydrogen.
On the upstream (production) side, it will include issues around ‘blue hydrogen’, in particular the status and prospects for carbon capture and storage. Downstream, technical issues of infrastructure and equipment upgrades will be covered, along with business issues of market demand, policy, competition and economics.
Opportunity and risk in the natural gas sector
• Climate policy and threats to natural gas usage
• Natural gas players and their involvement in hydrogen projects (examples)
• The role of policy and regulation in gas switching: what are the key requirements?
• A critical assessment of hydrogen in the context of natural gas substitution alternatives
Blue hydrogen production from natural gas
• Leveraging existing business and comparative advantages (Example: Equinor)
• How ‘green’ is ‘blue’?
• Large-scale carbon capture, utilisation and storage: status and prospects
• Innovative and emerging approaches to easing or valuing carbon capture
Blending hydrogen into natural gas networks
• Technical challenges, including energy density, pressure and pipeline embrittlement
• Examples of current and upcoming blending projects
• Behavioural change and paths of least resistance: their importance for gas switching
• Deployment strategies and timeframes for natural gas blending
Using blended hydrogen/natural gas streams
• Reviewing the technical constraints and end-use appliance challenges
• Domestic appliances, including boilers and fuel cells
• Turbines for hydrogen power generation
• Is natural gas / hydrogen substitution a transition pathway or a dead-end?
Grey Cells Energy Ltd
Dr John Massey is Managing Director of Grey Cells Energy Ltd., where he conducts independent market assessment and opportunity/risk analysis for clean energy technologies. He delivers market briefings and training courses worldwide, along with strategy and business plan consulting to help companies (particularly SMEs) position themselves to best grasp new low-carbon market opportunities.
John was one of the original co-founders of the Green Power Academy over ten years ago and has continued to work with us as a regular course trainer ever since.