Making headway with hydrogen

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Green hydrogen is expected to be the next big thing but questions remain over whether it will provide society with an affordable source of green energy in the future.

The University of Adelaide’s Professor Gregory F Metha will explore this cutting-edge area on Tuesday 11 October at the latest Research Tuesdays lecture.

Demand for the zero-carbon fuel, green hydrogen, is expected to grow six-fold by 2050. The International Energy Agency has called for investment in it, US President Joe Biden has backed it with US$9.5 billion, and China has named it one of the “six industries of the future”.

While green hydrogen is critical to meet global net-zero targets, it’s expensive, and costs more than using fossil fuels. Currently, there is no financial incentive to switch to a clean energy source whereby conventional green hydrogen is produced using renewable energy generated by solar panels or wind farms.

Researchers at the University of Adelaide are working on bypassing the wind farms altogether, and dispensing with the electrolysis process that it powers.

They have patented an apparatus that separates water into hydrogen and oxygen using only solar radiation. This single-step process for producing green hydrogen could completely change the world.

Join the University of Adelaide’s experts to learn more about this exciting leap toward an affordable green future.

SPEAKER: Professor Gregory F Metha is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Adelaide, and previously served as the Head of Chemistry. He has worked as an Australian Research Council fellow and post-doctoral fellow at the universities of British Columbia and Sydney.

WHAT: Research Tuesdays: Hydrogen Headway

WHEN: Tuesday 11 October, 5.30pm start. For in-person attendance the doors will open at 5.10 pm

WHERE: The Braggs Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide, North Terrace.

COST: Free (registration for webinar and in-person attendance).




WATCH A RECORDING LATER: A recording will be available on the Research Tuesdays Series YouTube within 24-48 hours after the event. This YouTube channel also has recordings of previous Research Tuesdays, including topics like ‘Three Minute Thesis 2022’ and ‘Antidote AI’.

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