The path to reducing emissions

The hydrogen age dawns as costs of green power plunge

Ahead of the Singapore International Energy Week, an energy conference which begins on Monday, The Straits Times spotlights research into two emerging low-carbon technologies gaining traction worldwide

Hydrogen is highly combustible and has long been used as a source of energy.
Hydrogen is highly combustible and has long been used as a source of energy.PHOTO: REUTERS

The simplest element in nature - hydrogen - could help mankind solve one of its most complex problems: creating energy that does not fuel climate change.

Hydrogen is highly combustible and has long been used as a source of energy. But it is expensive to produce in large volumes compared with cheaper fossil fuels. And it is mainly produced from natural gas or coal, creating large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas heating up the planet.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 24, 2020, with the headline 'The hydrogen age dawns as costs of green power plunge '. Print Edition | Subscribe