Hydrogen as a Central Pillar for Energy Transformation
Human beings rely on fossil fuels to supply the energy we need for everything from cooking and heating to transportation and industrial applications. We have been emitting an ever-increasing amount of carbon dioxide into the earth’s atmosphere for over a century. We are starting to see the impacts that this is having on our planet.
It is time for us to turn to renewable energy sources like wind and solar, but they alone cannot decarbonize our world. This is where hydrogen comes in. It is a carbon-free versatile energy carrier that could be used to decarbonize industry sectors that make up 65% of today’s greenhouse gas emissions.
The transition to renewable energy will come with challenges, such as decarbonizing hydrogen production and establishing the necessary infrastructure to use hydrogen as fuel. It is critical that we overcome these challenges and establish hydrogen as the energy carrier of the future - our world depends on it.
Michelle Schoonover is the Manager of the Syngas Technology team at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. In this role, Michelle leads a group of Research Engineers who work on new technology development for hydrogen and syngas processes. Michelle has been with Air Products for over 23 years and has spent much of her career as a Process Engineer working on various hydrogen production and purification technologies. Michelle has a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Villanova University and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.