In the future, we may see energy come from a variety of sources beyond what we know today. Does that make hydrogen the next renewable natural gas—a powerful force in the race to decarbonize those molecules? Quite possibly—and it could become the basis for much more. “Ultimately, hydrogen can play such a wide range of roles—for industry, for heat, in electricity using fuel cells and hydrogen-fueled power plants, and in transportation, ” said Neil Navin, vice president of clean energy innovations for Southern California Gas Company. “There ’ s a recognition that green electrons need to be paired with green molecules, specifically hydrogen, as a way of decarbonizing the energy system. ”
Demonstration projects run in tandem with intensified research and development collaborations. They include the HyBlend project, which is testing remaining
questions about hydrogen blending; it’s being led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and comprises five other national laboratories and more than 20
participants from industry and academia, including leading utility sponsor Southern Company and Southern Company Gas. There’s also the Low-Carbon Resources
Initiative, a five-year project to accelerate development of promising technologies, assess performance, and raise public awareness of technology options and pathways to a low-carbon future.