What is hydrogen?

Hydrogen is a combustible gas that can be used in various chemical processes such as the production of methanol, hydrogen peroxide and ammonia.

It may also be a potential energy carrier for the future of Europe.

When our industry makes chlor-alkali, we can also make hydrogen via the electrolysis process.

In 2018, 80% of the excess hydrogen produced by chlor-alkali manufacturers is mostly used as an energy source on site. As part of our Mid-Century Strategy, we are aiming to use 100% of the hydrogen produced so that this important resource is not wasted.

Whilst there are challenges with utilising hydrogen, there are many possible uses including:

  • Powering vehicles in and around the production sites;
  • Heating buildings;
  • As a chemical building block;
  • To store energy for use when renewable energy availability is low.

More details on this can be found in our Focus on Chlorine Science.

The chlor-alkali way of making hydrogen compares favourably with other ways of producing hydrogen, as detailed in this infographic.

Discover our other hydrogen resources via the links below.