Coal vs methane vs water: The future of hydrogen production

Hydrogen perspectives from Silicon Valley is a series by Karen Baert and Thilo Braun, MBA students at Stanford University, to shed light on trends and innovation in hydrogen. This is the second post in a series surveying the industry.

Humans have been producing hydrogen for hundreds of years. Today, more than 100 million metric tons of hydrogen are produced a year – enough to fill more than 500 million Olympic swimming pools at ambient pressure.

More than 95% of the hydrogen produced today is produced from fossil fuels, emitting almost 10kg of CO2 per kg of hydrogen produced. Why then is hydrogen considered a clean alternative to fossil fuels?

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