Dynapower’s innovation in power supplies is now helping to power the production of hydrogen fuel with clean energy from solar and wind, furthering the world’s decarbonization efforts. With the help of our DC/DC converters and inverters, this “green” hydrogen revolution is sweeping across the globe, making way for a clean energy future.
As part of a clean energy transition worldwide, hydrogen—alongside batteries and renewables—is poised to take on an increasing role in the decarbonization of our planet. While still relatively unknown in some circles, a new “green” hydrogen wave is coursing through the renewable energy sector. As the world looks to drop harmful fossil fuels in favor of clean energy that’s produced without harmful emissions, green hydrogen has rocketed to the forefront of that conversation.
Green hydrogen is produced using large amounts of water, a large electrolyzer, and electricity. If the electrolysis process is powered by green energy sources like wind or solar, then you’ve created green hydrogen.
Most hydrogen produced today uses a process that creates significant pollution. When it comes to green hydrogen—which previously was considered too expensive to produce on a large scale—costs are expected to fall significantly, thanks to cheaper renewable energy sources, rapidly declining equipment costs, and the introduction of Dynapower’s DPS-500 DC/DC converter, which makes coupling renewables directly to an electrolyzer possible.
This is good news for sectors that have traditionally been very difficult to electrify and have stumped policymakers—like aviation, heavy industrial applications, and marine shipping. Green hydrogen is perhaps the leading proposed solution to fully decarbonize these industries.
For example, hydrogen fuel cell trucks can replace polluting diesel trucks. The cost of these fuel cells is expected to drop 75% by 2030, according to Bloomberg, furthering the ability to adopt hydrogen fuel cells in place of fossil fuels in aviation, marine shipping, and steel and chemical manufacturing.
According to GreenTech Media, Europe is already planning to utilize a country-wide green hydrogen strategy as part of its trillion-dollar Green Deal package.
“We cannot electrify everything,” said WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson. “Some industrial processes and heavy transport will have to run on gas. And renewable hydrogen is the best gas. It is completely clean. It will be affordable with renewables being so cheap now.”
The applications for green hydrogen are plentiful and could potentially help the world achieve a fully renewable electricity system. While Europe is already planning for wide-scale adoption of green hydrogen, Germany has chosen hydrogen as the top choice for its green stimulus funds. France has announced a 30GW hydrogen fuel production goal over the next decade. Korea and Japan are also set to notably increase their hydrogen subsidies, while the U.S. is expected to rapidly grow its hydrogen productions with a slew of new policies.
Green hydrogen’s potential for creating a renewable grid is catching on quick. It’s also a way to balance the ups and downs of renewable energy production so that excess energy can be used effectively and efficiently. By pairing electrolyzers with renewable assets and storing the energy in large tanks or powering fuel cells, solar and wind asset owners will see new revenue opportunities.
According to WoodsMackenzie, green hydrogen currently accounts for less than one percent of all hydrogen production but is expected to be 12 times the size of today’s total market by 2025.
Dynapower is proud to be a part of this clean energy revolution.