In the pursuit of a sustainable and carbon-neutral future, hydrogen has emerged as a promising alternative to traditional fossil fuels based on an IRENA_Hydrogen_2019 report. With its zero-emission properties and potential for versatile applications, hydrogen holds the key to a cleaner and greener future. While green hydrogen has garnered significant attention, an alternative approach called turquoise hydrogen offers unique advantages for countries like Nigeria with an abundance of natural gas reserves. In this blog post, we will explore the deployment of turquoise hydrogen in Nigeria and compare it to green hydrogen,
highlighting the advantages, feasibility, and potential for implementation in the Nigerian context.
Turquoise hydrogen is a concept that bridges the gap between fossil fuels and green hydrogen. It involves the production of hydrogen from natural gas combined with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies.
Aurora Hydrogen described turquoise hydrogen as hydrogen that is neither quite blue nor quite green but turquoise, derived from natural gas through a process called methane pyrolysis, which produces hydrogen while capturing and storing carbon emissions. Unlike green hydrogen, which relies on renewable energy sources for electrolysis, turquoise hydrogen offers a transitional solution by leveraging existing natural gas infrastructure. With the current buzz around carbon capture and storage, low carbon emission, energy transition, and climate change impact, turquoise hydrogen appears to be a viable option to be explored and implemented. This advantage makes it a suitable option for Nigeria because of its abundant natural gas reserves.
As Nigeria looks to transition to a sustainable energy future, the deployment of turquoise hydrogen presents a compelling opportunity. Leveraging its natural gas reserves, existing infrastructure, and favorable market environment, Nigeria can adopt turquoise hydrogen as a viable and cost-effective alternative. With the right strategies, government support, and stakeholder engagement, Nigeria can become a trailblazer in turquoise hydrogen production, driving both economic growth and environmental sustainability