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Volume 2, Issue 2 - February 8, 2021
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How will the gas industry evolve in the low-carbon world of the future?
Will natural gas be a bridge or a destination?
Could it become the foundation of a global hydrogen economy, in combination with CCS?
How big will “green” hydrogen and biogas become?
What will be the role of LNG and bio-LNG in transport?
Gas Transitions is an independent monthly magazine providing news, insights and opinions on the evolving role of gas in an increasingly low-carbon energy system.
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In this Issue:
From the Editor: A hydrogen dissident
In a remarkably short time, hydrogen has become the climate hope of a remarkably broad range of “stakeholders”. Politicians across the world have presented great hydrogen plans. The gas industry hopes hydrogen offers gas and gas infrastructure a second lease on life.
Bio-LNG and LNG: worlds apart
In November, Dutch start-up Nordsol started construction of the first bio-LNG installation in the Netherlands in a partnership with Shell and waste-to-product company Renewi. In an exclusive interview with Gas Transitions, CEO and co-founder of Nordsol, Jerom van Roosmalen, discusses what is unique about the company’s technology, what the prospects are of bio-LNG in Europe and what the challenges are for a company like Shell to conquer this market.
The hydrogen illusion: interview with Samuel Furfari on his explosive new book
Hydrogen has been embraced by fossil friend and foe alike as the main highway to a zero-carbon energy system. Not everyone agrees, however. Samuel Furfari, chemical engineer who worked in leading energy positions for the European Commission for 36 years, has written a fiery tract, The Hydrogen Illusion, in which he lambasts the new hydrogen craze. “We have gone this road before,” he says, in an interview from Brussels. “It’s a dead-end.”
The role of CCS: still unclear
Successful carbon capture and storage projects continue to be far and few between. Although many scientists continue to believe in CCS and there are some promising projects starting up in heavy industry, CCS prospects in the power sector look dim. The CCS debate continues – the outcome remains uncertain.
“Energy transition means E&P companies have to look outside more”
Is the energy transition a threat to the continuity of independent oil and gas producers? This is not the way Neptune Energy views it. On the contrary, say Pierre Girard and Lex de Groot of Neptune in an interview with Gas Transitions, “we believe the transition presents new opportunities to leverage our strengths and assets and extend their life.”
China: not in a hurry to say goodbye to gas
If you read the media headlines, you may get the impression that China intends to become the world’s clean energy and hydrogen superpower. China is even said to be in a race with Europe to become the global green hydrogen leader. In reality, China is only gradually and cautiously adapting its fossil-fuel based energy system. It is not in a hurry to say goodbye to oil, coal and natural gas.
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