Upstream & Recharge: Blue vs Green – the Future of Hydrogen

Start: Thursday, July 09, 2020 at 07:00

End: Thursday, July 09, 2020 at 08:30

Thu, Jul 9, 2020 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM ADT


A consensus is emerging that hydrogen will be a vital tool in the fight against climate change, with the potential to decarbonise transport, heating and polluting industrial processes. But more than 95% of this zero-carbon fuel is derived today from natural gas or coal, pumping huge amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere. Yet this carbon can be captured and stored (‘blue hydrogen’), while H2 can be extracted from water using renewables-powered electrolysis in a zero-emission process (‘green hydrogen’).


However, both methods are currently expensive, and would need government intervention to make them cost-competitive with polluting ‘grey hydrogen’.


So should Europe invest billions of euros in large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) or electrolysers powered by renewables? Or perhaps both?


Could electrolysers be scaled up fast enough to produce the millions of tonnes of hydrogen required? Or would it be better to simply add CCS to existing facilities? Would it be wise to rely on imported fossil fuels for decades to come? And will it ever be possible to capture all the carbon emitted from the blue hydrogen production process?


Join us as we weigh the pros and cons of blue and green hydrogen with our distinguished panel of experts.

05 mins Opening Remarks
10 mins 1-2-1 Jorgo Chatzimarkakis
40 mins Panel Discussion
• Frank Wouters, Global Lead for Low-carbon Hydrogen, Worley
•James Watson, Secretary-General, Eurogas
• Dan Sadler, Project Manager, Equinor
• Valentino Rossi, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Regulation and Antitrust Europe, Enel
• Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Secretary General, Hydrogen Europe
•Pierre Tardieu, Chief Policy Officer, WindEurope
10 mins Q&A and Concluding Remarks

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