Arild Selvig, CEO of ZEG, said, “Current energy markets highlight the importance of reliable access to energy, while the climate crisis simultaneously requires this to originate from low carbon solutions. A partnership between ZEG and Transitus would seek to deliver on both these important market drivers in the UK and beyond.”
Bjørn Inge Tønnessen, Executive Chair of Transitus, believes blue hydrogen will accelerate the transition towards decarbonisation of the energy sector. He said, “It enables clean utilisation of natural gas resources and therefore it is a fast-track to decarbonisation while ensuring reliable and affordable access to energy during these demanding times”, says
The ZEG ICC Technology, which enables the production and use of clean hydrogen from natural gas, is ready for the global market following the delivery of the first commercial ZEG production plant at CCB Energy Park on the west coast of Norway in 2022.
Market opportunity for blue hydrogen in the UK
The UK and Europe have every opportunity to build a low-carbon energy supply and be on the forefront of decarbonisation. By decarbonising now, using blue hydrogen at a 20% blend in the natural gas network, it has been estimated that in the UK alone, 30m tonnes per year of carbon dioxide emissions can be averted, equivalent to 1.25m cars worth of emissions being eliminated.
Kathrine K Ryengen, CCO of ZEG, said the UK is an emerging and highly interesting market and this collaboration is a step in the right direction in capitalising on hydrogen’s potential.
“We strongly believe in the impact of our technology for producing clean hydrogen from gas with integrated carbon capture (ZEG ICC Technology), and we hope we can significantly contribute along with Transitus to bring forward the UK hydrogen economy,” she said.
Jack Peck, CEO of Transitus, said blue hydrogen is a rapid pathway to decarbonisation of heating, transportation, and industry, which can be done today while green hydrogen, solar, wind and
Blue hydrogen blended into the natural gas grid is only two years away “and not 10 or 20,” he added.
“We need to act now on the climate emergency and blue hydrogen is the ready made transition solution,” he said.
“The market opportunity is significant because it does not stop at 20% blend but moves forward to decarbonise the gas supply enabling households and premises not suitable or adaptable to heat pumps to participate in the ongoing energy transition.”
He said Britain is ideally positioned to lead the clean energy industrial revolution fuelled by blue
hydrogen with access to abundant natural gas and carbon storage assets.
“Working with ZEG Power and their cutting edge blue hydrogen technology will enable Transitus to supply clean, robust, and affordable hydrogen into the market,” he said.
Partnerships continue to flourish across every continent.
Earlier this month a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Sinopec Capital and Johnson Matthey China signalled the start of active dialogues to explore joint possibilities across green and blue hydrogen, fuel cells, decarbonisation technologies and circular economy business in China.
Blue hydrogen will generally have a larger greenhouse gas footprint compared to green hydrogen since not all emissions from hydrogen production can be abated, according to DNV.
However the actual emissions will vary greatly depending on chosen technologies and processes within the entire value chain.