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CHARTED: The Production Costs of Hydrogen Across the Globe -ENERGYminute


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The Colors of Hydrogen  |  The Hydrogen Economy  |  Production Costs

PostsSep 2nd 2021 | Coal, Electricity, Emissions, Energy, Hydrogen, Natural Gas, Renewable Energy, Sustainability

There exists significant potential for hydrogen to play a role powering our future communities. There is a range for the production costs of hydrogen associated with the delivery of low-carbon green or blue hydrogen that will continue to improve with innovation and scale.

Hydrogen produced using natural gas and CCUS known as blue carbon is a low-carbon solution which is cost competitive to with existing sources of hydrogen to produce.

Blue hydrogen, produced from natural gas in combination with carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) is a low-carbon energy source that is cost competitive with other low-carbon solutions.

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Particularly in regions which receive abundant sunlight, hydrogen made using renewable electricity (known as green hydrogen) will eventually be cost competitive with blue hydrogen.

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Required Hydrogen Production Costs for Breakeven with Conventional Solutions (with 100 USD / ton of CO2e carbon tax)

Reference Technology Use Breakeven Cost (USD/kgH2)
Diesel Buses $5.40
Diesel Trains $5.10
Coal Steel (DRI) $4.60
Diesel SUVs $4.40
Diesel Trucks $2.80
Diesel Mid-Sized Vehicles $2.30
Natural Gas (SMR) Ammonia $2.20
Natural Gas (SMR) Refinery $2.20
Natural Gas High-grade Heat $1.50
Natural Gas Power Generation $1.40
Natural Gas Building Heating $1.20
Ship Fuel Ships $1.00
Kerosene Airplanes $1.00

There are many applications of hydrogen today which could substitute existing fuels, should they be hydrogen compatible.

Sources:

https://www.iea.org/reports/the-future-of-hydrogen

https://hydrogencouncil.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Hydrogen-Insights-2021-Report.pdf



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