Process Sensing Technologies: Complete gas measurement solutions for hydrogen


In 1874 Cyrus Harding, an engineer in the book The Mysterious Island by the French science-fiction author Jules Verne, predicted, “Yes, my friends, I believe that water will one day be employed as fuel, that hydrogen and oxygen which constitute it, used singly or together, will furnish an inexhaustible source of heat and light, of an intensity of which coal is not capable.”

Since the late 19th century, hydrogen has seen phases of euphoria followed by disillusionment due to technical complexities and the abundance of cheaper energy sources like coal, oil or natural gas. However, with recent technological progress, cost reductions and the driver of climate change, it looks like the excitement seen in 2020 was justified and could continue.

Not only have several governments declared ‘National Hydrogen Strategies’, pan-national institutions are also pouring billions of dollars into research and pilot projects for the use of hydrogen as the energy carrier of future. All of which requires a suite of analysers and instruments for hydrogen measurement, and here’s why…

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