It is the most widespread element in the universe, main constituent of the sun and most of the stars.
Its pure form, di-hydrogen, is created naturally by chemical reactions occurring in the earth's crust.
It is most often associated with other elements to form molecules (water, methane, starch, sugar, alcohol, etc.)
It is the smallest and lightest element (14 times lighter than air)
Natural hydrogen contains 3 times more energy than gasoline
Its pure form, di-hydrogen is invisible, odorless and non-toxic.
THE USES OF HYDROGEN
USED AS A CHEMICAL COMPOUND :
USED AS AN ENERGY VECTOR :
USED AS FUEL :
Comparison of production methods
THE 45-8 ENERGY APPROACH
In certain geological contexts, helium is associated with native hydrogen. 45-8 ENERGY is therefore naturally interested in these areas where a joint production of both resources could be achieved and therefore, beyond meeting a growing demand of helium in Europe, to also contribute to the hydrogen supply by valuing a carbon-free and low-cost hydrogen.
Completely carbon-free ? Avoiding the use of hydrocarbons or coal to be generated, it therefore does not contribute to the release of greenhouse gases.
Low cost ? Not requiring complex synthesis processes and being able to be effectively separated from other gases at the surface, its production cost is therefore very competitive. The co-valuation approach opens the door in particular to accumulations where hydrogen is the minor fraction and could not on its own support dedicated infrastructures.
To date, several potential areas have already been identified and are being studies by 45-8 ENERGY. Other areas of interest have also already been inventoried at European level.
45-8 ENERGY can rely on its R&D, carried out with renowned industrial companies and academics, to overcome technological challenges while strengthening its competitiveness.