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Potentially Huge Natural Hydrogen Deposit Discovered in France, Lorraine

Updated: Nov 23, 2023

Researchers at the University of Lorraine, France, discovered a huge natural hydrogen deposit in Folschviller, Moselle-East. This unexpected find was part of the Regalor research program, which aimed to assess coal methane resources. The concentration of hydrogen increased unexpectedly from 6% at 850m deep to nearly 20% at 1,250m. Mathematical models now suggest that at a depth of 3,000 meters, hydrogen levels could surpass 90%.The deposit could potentially hold up to 19.5 Tcf (46 million tons) of natural hydrogen and has drawn interest from various companies and countries for its potential as a clean energy source. FDE is the first company to attempt to commercialise natural H2 in Lorraine and expects to drill wells soon.

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