GRS Hydrogen Solutions is proud to announce their signing of a memorandum of understanding for a working partnership with various EU Green and Blue Hydrogen programs to support and provide them with hydrogen technologies.

GRS Hydrogen Solutions is a Canadian-based firm committed to a greener future for the earth.  To this end, GRS Hydrogen Solutions believes that using hydrogen as a fuel to replace legacy systems that currently burn fossil fuels is the best building block to meet the Paris Climate Agreement signed by 196 Nations.  All of the EU’s member states are among the signatories of the Paris Agreement. 

In 2020 the EU announced that it had a new goal of creating 40 gigawatts of electrolyzers for the production of green hydrogen to be installed within its borders by 2030.  This is a massive goal for the hydrogen production industry; the 2020 global production capability sat at only 250 megawatts, just over 6 percent of the ten-year plan for the EU alone.  To help reach this milestone, GRS Hydrogen Solutions has set up an office in the EU to support the direction of the EU initiatives.

This increase by the EU is in line with the global trend that researchers see for the green hydrogen market that is likely to grow its revenue to nearly $9.85 billion at a CAGR of just under 55% between 2021 and 2028, and Goldman Sachs sees the value at trillions by 2050.  GRS Hydrogen Solutions is in the perfect segment of the industry for this growth because the same research says that the hydrogen industry subsegment that is expected to be the most lucrative over the forecast period is “power generation.”

Hydrogen can be produced through several methods; Green Hydrogen is produced through the process of electrolysis which separates water into its two component elements, oxygen and hydrogen, by the addition of electricity.  However, for the resulting hydrogen to be “Green,” the electricity that is supplied for the electrolysis process must be from a renewable source, usually solar or wind.

A second method and currently the most common for producing hydrogen requires the burning of traditional fossil fuels.  The majority of hydrogen being created in the EU is through this method, called “Grey Hydrogen,” made by splitting natural gas into hydrogen Carbon Monoxide(CO), and carbon dioxide (CO2), keeping the hydrogen for use, and allowing the CO and CO2 to escape into the atmosphere.  This production process is relatively cheap but leaves a considerable carbon footprint.  

Improving on this method is called “steam methane reforming,” which requires a catalyst and produces mostly hydrogen and carbon dioxide.   If the carbon dioxide that is produced is recaptured, the hydrogen produced is called “Blue Hydrogen.” Once recaptured, the CO2 can be used for other industrial purposes, and this recapturing process means that the total carbon footprint for Blue Hydrogen’s production is reduced. 

The EU’s Hydrogen Policy sees a ramping up of production of Blue Hydrogen over the coming decade, displacing natural gas for heating and using hydrogen in hard-to-electrify sectors like long haul trucking, other heavy transport, and the manufacture of steel and cement.  The EU’s overall goal is to be carbon neutral by 2050, getting there with a gradual trajectory.  This course change will require a stepwise process that initially involves Blue Hydrogen projects.  To reach their goals, the EU is also putting its money where its mouth is investing $550 billion in hydrogen.

Blue Hydrogen is a means to an end where legacy systems burning fossil fuels can have a more gradual transition to 100 percent sustainable solutions to their energy needs.  

There are already methods to eliminate and reduce most global industries’ greenhouse gas production.  The top three greenhouse gas producers are transportation, the generation of electricity (coal burning), and industry.  While there are ways to reduce and even eliminate much of these three sector’s emissions through efficiency, electrification, and renewable power, there still remains approximately 15% of the sector’s emissions that are produced from aviation, shipping, long haul trucking, and the manufacture of concrete and steel.  Making these segments sustainable is a problem that can not so easily be solved using the above methods.  

Hydrogen is the solution, and since its inception, GRS Hydrogen Solutions has been at the forefront of both Blue and Green Hydrogen technologies.  

There are several advantages that hydrogen brings to the table, and this is why GRS Hydrogen Solutions is focused on this as a clean pathway moving forward.  

  1. Pound for pound Hydrogen has nearly three times as much energy as fossil fuels; this means that less of it is needed to do the same amount of work flying a plane, turning the wheels of a long haul truck, or the propellor of a ship.  
  2. In its ammonia form, hydrogen can safely and efficiently be transported to its final destination, where it will be used as hydrogen fuel.
  3. Gas pipelines, diesel generators, and natural gas home appliances can be altered to use hydrogen as a fuel.
  4. The heat generated from hydrogen as a fuel is sufficient for both the concrete and steel industries which would not usually be able to use renewable energy.

GRS Hydrogen Solutions holds several patents in the US and globally for its CO2 recapture process.  This will be vital to help the EU meet its 2050 goals of being carbon neutral.  This privately held company has announced that it will be listing IPO shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) in 2022.  Additionally, GRS already has a system (its GL-15) that can convert seawater to Green Hydrogen while producing fresh drinking water, which itself is becoming a precious asset.  

With its new MOU, GRS Hydrogen Solutions will be taking another step toward a green future for the EU and beyond.