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.