The use of hydrogen in industry with future sustainability
Hydrogen is not a new concept in the world of industry and is widely produced for various industrial applications. The production process of the required hydrogen is mainly ‘grey’, i.e. produced from natural gas. In the future, the hydrogen will have to be produced sustainably before it can be used for industry.
Applications of hydrogen in industry
Hydrogen is an extremely important building block in industry and its production should be as sustainable as possible in the future. Hydrogen serves as a building block for various (large-scale) industrial applications, such as:
- The production of ammonia. Ammonia can be used to make fertilizer as well as for splitting again into the elements hydrogen and nitrogen. Ammonia is therefore also an energy carrier.
- The combustion of hydrogen in, for example, sustainable ovens and hybrid diesel engines in vehicles. The latter application can be an interim solution on the road to emission-free mobility.
- As fuel for fuel cells to generate electricity.
- A future role of hydrogen in central heating boilers.
Role of the Hydrogen Coalition
For the theme ‘Industry’, the strategy is to develop and implement project activities in the context of the energy transition in the context of the energy transition together with partners (in an industry-specific coalition) and in consultation with other relevant stakeholders from the quadruple helix in Limburg. industry and other stakeholders. Specifically, WCL focuses on the following objectives:
- Helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Promoting employment as a direct result of innovative projects in the energy transition
- Show where the use of hydrogen can be an alternative to other energy carriers, for example in production processes
- Helping to organize innovation projects and find partners for projects, also outside the region, especially in the Euregio Maass-Rhine
In this context, the necessary attention is paid to circular objectives, and to building competences and transferring knowledge (through the WCL Academy). WCL will also focus on testing new techniques and possible applications in practice, for example in living labs. This in close collaboration with knowledge institutions and educational partners.