Houston’s potential to be a key hydrogen hub explored

July 1, 2021

A host of key hydrogen experts discussed the possibility of Houston, US becoming an influential hydrogen hub in North America and the possible challenges it could face in reaching this goal today.

The virtual event, hosted by the Greater Houston Partnership and Center for Houston’s Future today (July 1), revealed a blueprint for a possible hydrogen hub to a panel of regional stakeholders and hydrogen experts.

Brett Perlman, CEO of the Center for Houston’s Future, unveiled the Houston Hydrogen Hub plans highlighting that Houston has all of the parameters to be an influential region for the US hydrogen economy.

The key to this is the renewable energy vectors surrounding Houston in addition to the vast amount of gas pipelines that could be utilised for hydrogen blending, as Scott Doyle, Executive Vice-President of Natural Gas at CenterPoint, suggests is already in its initial stages.

“One of the projects we’re working on up in Minneapolis this year is a green hydrogen production facility where we’ll blend hydrogen into our gas supply stream.

“As we get experience with that, we’re going to move that same pilot to Houston,” Doyle said.

For the design of the US hydrogen hub, Perlman drew comparisons to the Port of Rotterdam suggesting that it has grown to an influential part of the European hydrogen economy and is unique to its geographical location.

As Perlman suggests, this could provide an opportunity for Houston’s hydrogen hub to become an influential global player with access to international import markets in Europe and in Asia.

Perlman said, “We have the potential to be a hub to not only drive hydrogen penetration in the greater Houston area, but to drive it potentially further across the US – even being a global player is definitely within our grasp.”

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