Comprehensive review on natural hydrogen shows that it has been underestimated

Earth-Science Reviews journal has published in March 2020 the article entitled “The occurrence and geoscience of natural hydrogen: A comprehensive review”. It combines data and ideas from almost 500 scientific publications and books and conclusively shows that hydrogen is much more abundant in nature than it was previously thought. 


Picture of the continuously burning gas seep at Chimaera, near Antalya, Turkey. The gas contains 7.5–11.3% H2. These active vents have been known for more than 2500 years and are believed to be the source of the first Olympic flame.

The potential of natural hydrogen has not been recognized earlier “because of an existing prejudice that free hydrogen in nature is rare, and descriptions of the few known discoveries are anecdotal and for some reason garner very little notice. Therefore, if no one expects to find free hydrogen, no one samples for it. This prejudice influences the way gas samples are analyzed and sampled, but also the way detection systems are designed.” Because of this, hydrogen has mostly been studied in a fragmentary way which has resulted in the underestimation of its important role in natural processes. 

This gap is covered by the review paper, which summarizes and classifyes discoveries of hydrogen as a free gas in different environments, as inclusions in various rock types, and as dissolved gas in ground water. It has been detected in high concentrations, often as a major gas, in all types of geologic setting: sediments, metamorphic and igneous rocks, basement, orebodies and coal mines, oil and gas reservoirs and aquifers.

Many of the reported discoveries are located in Ukraine.

Paris bets on hydrogen technologies

In December 2015, Paris held a climate conference COP21. Almost the entire world - 150 Heads of States and Governments took part in it. One of the main questions of this meeting was reducing of fossil fuels consumption to decrease their negative impact on the environment. Hydrogen technology is ideally suited for this mission. That is why the visitors of the conference was focused, among others, on hydrogen projects launched during the event.
Hydrogen technologies were presented to all visitors of the COP21 conference at the Exhibition Center Grand Palais on the Champs Elysees in center of Paris.

COP21 Grand Palais

Hydrogen taxi in front of exhibition center Grand Palais


Poland to build its first hydrogen stations

Poland will have its first hydrogen refueling stations. Several of them will be built on the main communication routes in Poland says the report of the Motor Transport Institute (ITS) and the Polish Press Agency (PAP).

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“First two stations will be constructed in Poznań and Warsaw. The Tri-city, Białystok, Kraków, Katowice, Wrocłąw and Łódź wii be the next locations,” Marcin Ślęzak, the director of the Motor Transport Institute (ITS) said. ITS has signed a letter of intent with Poland’s largest utility PGE, which will be the contractor of the stations in Warsaw and Poznań, as mentioned in the company's press release.
The project will be carried out within the framework of the EU program of Hydrogen Infrastructure for Transport and is financed from the EU budget. Hydrogen refueling stations in Poland will extend mobility corridors for hydrogen vehicles and will stimulate development of hydrogen technologies in neighboring countries which don't have hydrogen stations yet.


Our presentation at European Hydrogen Association in Brussels

Mr Zgonnik, PhD in chemistry, UAHE co-founder and administrator gave the presentation on hydrogen energy in Ukraine at European Hydrogen Association (EHA)  Brussels office. The meeting was assisted by the member of the Mission of Ukraine to the European Union .
In his presentation, he showed that decreasing of energy dependence and increasing energy efficiency are two main goals for the energy sector in Ukraine. During past years, the country registered rapid growth of renewable energies. Their integration with hydrogen technologies allow to increase their efficiency.
He told that Ukrainian Association for Hydrogen Energy was created in 2009 by people passionate by ideas of hydrogen economy. The main goal is to inform population about the perspectives of using hydrogen and connecting together specialists, working in this field. The web resource regularly publishes related news and articles in Ukrainian, English and Russian languages.

2014 Hydrogen Student Design Contest


The theme of the 2014 Hydrogen Student Design Contest is “Development of a Drop-in Hydrogen Fueling Station,” challenging university-level students to plan and design a fueling station module that combines mass-production, standardized equipment with highly automated usability, producing a low-cost, transportable module in an ISO container that can be dropped-in and be operational within hours, providing enough fuel for 50 fuelings a day without the need for hydrogen delivery for at least three days.

We welcome Ukrainian students to create their teams and to participate in the contest. We are proud that in 2010 Ukrainian team won the honorable mention and was invited to World Hydrogen Conference in Los Angeles, USA .



First Serial Hydrogen-Fuel Cell powered car rolls of assembly line

 This is the Hyundai ix35 fuel cell vehicle. The most important word in this news is “Serial”. That means that this is no longer a test car produced in a few units, but a model which has passed all standards and security tests. Hydrogen technologies are no more longer test curiosities, but useable in commercially available devices.
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Picture of the Hyundai ix35 – first hydrogen-fuel cell car produced in mass quantities. 

The three-year anniversary and the termination of Association’s registration

Three years have passed since the founding of the Ukrainian Association for Hydrogen Energy.

Over the past year, we:

• Attended with a presentation a workshop "Black Sea hydrogen sulphide " held in Istanbul in December 2011.

• Visited the Paris Motor Show 2012 , where a number of hydrogen vehicles was exposed, which are prepared for mass production in 2014.


50mW gasification from waste facility in North of England


 Production, Aug  10  2012 (The Hydrogen Journal)

Air Products has announced plans to build the world's largest gasification energy from waste facility, in Teeside, in the North of England. The waste products will be gasified, to form hydrogen and carbon dioxide. The hydrogen will then be put through a generator to make electricity. It will be able to generate around 50 MW, enough for 50,000 homes.


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