Energy Management

Webcast: Hydrogen: Past, Present and Future

Fortunato & Friends Webcast Series
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In the latest episode of Fortunato and Friends, Constellation Chief Economist Ed Fortunato interviewed Dr. Nicola De Blasio, Senior Fellow leading Belfer Center research on energy technology innovation and the transition to a low carbon economy. During the webcast, Ed and Nicola discussed Hydrogen: Present, Past and Future.

There is a rainbow of color classifications of hydrogen, based upon how it’s made:

  • Green – sourced from renewables
  • Blue – sourced from carbon capture
  • Grey – sourced from fossil fuels (coal, oil, etc.) no carbon capture. *This is how most of hydrogen is produced.
  • Turquoise – carbon is sourced from natural gas (which is lower carbon than other fossil fuels)
  • Black – made from coal
  • Brown – made from lignite coal
  • Pink –made from nuclear electrolysis
  • Red – made from biomass
  • Purple – made from nuclear steam
  • Yellow – made from solar
  • White – naturally occurring
  • Turquois – made from methane electrolysis

Topics included new trends in the energy business, the colors of hydrogen, investing in hydrogen, using hydrogen as a clean energy source for planes, cars and trains, US policy issues, and developing pipeline infrastructure to move hydrogen, natural gas and ammonia. Additionally, Constellation’s Commodities Management Group member, Keith Poli, moderated the webcast and offered his insights.

4:00 – Tell me about hydrogen. Why is it so interesting? What is it used for?

6:10 – Where are we with hydrogen now?

7:50 – Do the colors of hydrogen matter?

9:10 – What’s your vision for hydrogen in the US and the rest of the world?

11:05 – How can hydrogen be used 20 years from now?

13:09 – How safe and reliable is hydrogen?

15:21 – Where is the U.S. compared with other parts of the world – Asia and Europe – in its development of and use of hydrogen?

17:40 – Regardless of color, can hydrogen help Europe move away from energy dependency on Russia?

21:07 – Why is ammonia always discussed?

23:37 – How do you convert hydrogen to ammonia?

24:40 – Is hydrogen really green?


25:40 – AUDIENCE POLL What are your primary reasons for looking into hydrogen?

35:25 – What are some of the myths around hydrogen?  Can it be transferred through steel or plastic pipelines?

41:20 – How does hydrogen work with other energy storage systems?

42:35 – What about using hydrogen in place of other fuels?  For cars, planes or trains?

Listen to the full webcast to hear expert insights by visiting our Fortunato & Friends Webcast resources page.

If you find the insights shared in the webcast valuable, be sure to sign up for our next Fortunato & Friends webcast on Tuesday May 3rd, at 2 p.m. ET, where our special guest will be Toby Rice, President and Chief Executive Officer of EQT, discussing the topic of Natural Gas & Energy Security.

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