(September 25, 2020)
Hydrogen may be the key to decarbonizing the energy grid and transport system. Advocates predict the business could be worth an impressive $130 billion in the United States just 10 years from now, and that Texas is well positioned to play a leading role in this emerging energy market.
In addition to reducing carbon emissions in the energy, industrial, and transportation sectors, hydrogen can also offer new business opportunities in the form of infrastructure projects. According to Bob Hebner, director of the Center for Electromechanics at the University of Texas at Austin, “In Texas, we have a natural advantage and federal investment to leverage larger global investment.”
“We are already among the domestic leaders in hydrogen production and existing hydrogen pipelines, thanks to a robust petrochemical industry. We have the physical infrastructure to produce hydrogen by reforming natural or landfill gas, or through electrolysis driven by nuclear, solar or wind power,” Hebner explained.
Hebner sketches an ambitious plan that he hopes can be realized with the support of legislators and the Governor, who can “begin the conversation with Texas industry and academic leaders to focus state activities and leverage global opportunities.”