Utility companies in the wind and solar power sector continue to develop a growing interest in green hydrogen technology, the decade’s milestone geared towards a cleaner and much safer future. Previously, only the transportation sector supported the utilization of hydrogen power in fuel cells for electric vehicles. But new ways of harnessing hydrogen power continue to unlock more opportunities. There is great potential for tremendous growth in customer demand for green hydrogen alongside increasing wind and solar farms.
Developing hydrogen into an energy collection and storage medium is a significant growth sector for areas where the national grid’s power does satisfy local demand. Amokabel AB experienced complication issues with its plans for up-scaling productions at its main base in Alstermo, Småland, due to inadequate power supply. Amokabel enlisted two different Swedish corporations, PowerCell and the Soltech group, to conduct feasibility studies on green hydrogen generation using solar power. The green hydrogen produced is packaged and deployed within stationary fuel cells; the market needs more electricity than the grid can provide.
The revolutionary technology of solar-powered hydrogen involves electrolysis, the splitting of hydrogen from every water molecule by applying an electric current. However, if the electric current is fossil-fuel-powered, it is no longer considered a sustainable renewable energy source.
Currently, both Soltech and PowerCell never used green hydrogen technologies before. Soltech owns a remarkable reputation in turnkey solar systems for rooftops and building exterior. PowerCell focuses on fuel cells, even though the company continues to emphasize the potential for producing hydrogen from sustainable renewables. Ideally, the plan is to conduct a feasibility study on Amokabel’s green hydrogen project and implement the results to other similar projects.
Green hydrogen provides a more robust and competitive solution, implying that a reduced construction timeline is critical to clean energy technology’s rapid development—green hydrogen gears towards bypassing the energy transmission bottlenecks in many state economies. For instance, in Maine, policymakers are looking to Equinor’s Kincardine offshore wind farm, an inspirational renewable energy technology. The United Kingdom plans to use a hydrogen fuel cell to substitute fossil-fuel-powered locomotives, instead of developing another electricity infrastructure. Similarly, the United States Department of Energy relies on green hydrogen to enhance its abundantly distributed wind resources.
Another opportunity for green hydrogen is international trade. Despite the similarities between hydrogen fuel cells and batteries, both are energy storage technologies; hydrogen is portable in both the liquid and gaseous state within compounds such as ammonia. In summary, the development of green hydrogen and its applications is a milestone toward attaining a much cleaner emission-free future.