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Natural Hydrogen Holds Potential for Europe's Energy Transition

Updated: Nov 23, 2023

La Française d'Énergie (FDE) recently discovered a substantial deposit of natural hydrogen in the abandoned mines of the Lorraine region in France. If confirmed, it could be the largest natural hydrogen find in Europe, potentially containing 46mm tonnes, enough to significantly contribute to the EU's decarbonisation goals. Natural hydrogen, a clean and renewable energy source, requires little energy and no water for extraction and production. It is estimated to be cheaper than hydrogen produced from electrolysis by almost 6 times, making it an attractive option for Europe's energy transition. While operational deployment is not expected until the late 2020s, natural hydrogen shows promise as a low-carbon and cost-effective fuel source for the future.

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