Hydrogen provides countless opportunities for Wyoming. With our energy industry expertise, existing infrastructure, and array of hydrogen production resources, Wyoming is well poised to benefit from the hydrogen economy.
Hydrogen is a naturally occurring element and can be produced from a variety of sources (fossil fuels, water, biomass, etc.) and used as an energy or fuel source with zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Based on the method used for producing hydrogen, it is given a different color categorization. For example, “green hydrogen” refers to hydrogen produced from water via electrolysis using renewable energy sources, whereas “blue hydrogen” refers to hydrogen sourced from a fossil fuel base combined with technology that captures carbon released in the production process.
Because of its versatility, the use of hydrogen for the next generation of energy is a burgeoning field that is slated for massive growth over the coming decades.
Possible uses of Hydrogen include fuel cell technology; zero-emission fuel for vehicles, airplanes, maritime transport, and space rockets; blending with natural gas to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; feedstock for ammonia and urea production; long-duration energy storage; and zero-emission process fuel for industrial applications like steel and cement manufacturing.
Hydrogen Pilot Project:
Wyoming Energy Authority issued a Request for Proposals for a Hydrogen Pilot Project. The aim of this initiative is to assist the design and/or construction of a project demonstrating the viability of hydrogen as a component of Wyoming's energy economy.
The winning pilot project will leverage existing natural resources and infrastructure within Wyoming, test configurations of these resources and infrastructure in order to establish technical feasibility, and/or establish economic viability of the scenario as a whole.
Hydrogen Energy Research Center at the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (in Development):
The center will focus on all forms of clean hydrogen with: low-cost coal via gasification, massive natural gas resources via methane reforming, and relatively high- capacity wind energy via electrolysis, as well as potential for solar, nuclear, and more.