US professor to discuss hydrogen technologies with Pope Francis

US professor to discuss hydrogen technologies with Pope Francis

A US university professor has earned a private audience with Pope Francis to discuss hydrogen energy technologies.

John Sheffield (pictured above, image credit to Purdue University/John O’Malley), Professor of Engineering Technology at Purdue University’s Polytechnic Institute in Indiana, sees hydrogen playing a key role in the transition to a sustainable energy future while also mitigating climate change.

Joined by a delegation of four othre organisation members, Sheffield will meet with the Pope on Friday (7th February). The delegation will have a one-page petition prepared and will answer any questions Pope Francis might have.

The private audience follows video message comments Pope Francis made in 2019 to the United Nations Climate Action Summit 2019, calling climate change a “serious and worrying phenomena.”

“Today, as an industrial gas, hydrogen is already a big global business,” Sheffield, also President of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy, said.

“It is used by industry for refining petroleum, treating metals, producing fertiliser and processing foods.”

“We believe that hydrogen energy is the best and permanent solution for a sustainable energy future.”

“I don’t know what the outcome will be, but for me and the individuals in our organization, this is a unique opportunity,” Sheffield said.

Sustainable hydrogen energy technologies use the unique characteristics of hydrogen as a clean energy carrier for a wide range of production, storage, distribution and end-use pathways.

The integration of hydrogen energy technologies range from electric-power generation for domestic, commercial and industrial sectors to renewable energy storage systems, and electric transportation systems such as cars, buses, trains, ships, and airplanes.


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