ISLAMABAD: The concept of develop green hydrogen is still new in Pakistan. As we have very good relations with China, which is now the world’s largest consumer and producer of hydrogen, China can be a good option for Pakistan to cooperate in green hydrogen. Najma Memon, Professor of Analytical Chemistry in NCE, University of Sindh Jamshoro, expressed these views.
He said that hydrogen is a clean fuel that does not cause carbon emissions and environmental pollution. The advantage of green hydrogen is that the energy sources used to produce hydrogen are also green like solar and wind. The whole world is moving towards green energy. A lot of research is being done on this.
Najma Memon pointed out that hydrogen is not fully utilized due to energy conversion and transportation problems. “To produce hydrogen, if you want to convert it into energy, you have to build a fuel cell. Academia can help a lot with fuel cell technology as materials have to be developed and tested.
He said a consortium could be formed so that energy-related centers and materials researchers work together with academia, so a very good product could be produced. The line infrastructure has to be laid, it will take some time. He suggested that Pakistan should collaborate with China to develop green hydrogen technology.
Global Green Energy Council (GGEIC) Chairman Chu Gongshan said China is the world’s largest hydrogen producer and hydrogen user.
Our fuel cell and electrolyzer equipment for develop green hydrogen production is world-class. With domestic substitution of related materials and equipment, the cost of green hydrogen has begun to decline.
A recent example is the green hydrogen plant in Kuka City, Xinjiang, China, built by the Sinopec Group. The plant, which started operations last month, can produce 20,000 metric tons of hydrogen per year.
All major equipment and materials used in the project, including photovoltaic modules, electrolytic cells, hydrogen storage tanks and hydrogen transport pipelines, were produced locally.
Najma Memon said: On the other hand, the Sindh government has made a project with China in which they are producing hydrogen, but it is not yet at a mature level where we can use it as a fuel throughout Pakistan. But Pakistan has taken the initiative, it is a good thing and in future they will be able to do good things in develop green hydrogen technologies.