Hydrogen is the most abundant element in our universe, which is good news because it has high potential as a green fuel. It offers two to three times more energy than other common fuels and emits only water vapor when converted to energy. The problem is that right now, 96% of the world’s hydrogen is produced using fossil fuels, and creating clean hydrogen is really expensive.
Enter Planetary Hydrogen and their patented technology. Powered by renewable energy, they produce hydrogen through conventional water electrolysis: using electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.
Planetary Hydrogen’s key innovation is adding a mineral salt to the electrolysis process, which creates a byproduct called mineral hydroxide. This spontaneously binds with carbon dioxide and forms a bicarbonate, similar to baking soda. When that bicarbonate is added to the ocean, it acts as an antacid and helps counter ocean acidification. The whole process consumes and stores as much as 40 kilograms of CO₂ per kilogram of hydrogen produced.
Their vision is to combine this green hydrogen with biofuels to create carbon-negative fuels that work within existing vehicles. With the launch of a pilot plant in Halifax next year, they’ll test the economics of their technology. Shopify’s purchase of the captured carbon credits from their pilot project will fund further research and help them scale to their first fully-functional plant.
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