25 November 2020

The Energy Transition, where does CCUS and hydrogen sit?

Within Apollo, clean energy has always played a vital part in our growth.  Our second ever project was a renewables project! Flash forward ten years and we sit with an impressive 100 renewables projects under our belt and a desire to utilise our engineering expertise further throughout the Energy Transition.

So much so that we felt it was the right time to appoint an Energy Transition Manager. As well as a dedicated Energy Transition manager we also have a host of multi-disciplined engineers with extensive experience within emerging areas including CCUS, Electrification and Green and blue Hydrogen generation. From director level to our graduates. One such graduate, Jack, tells his experience of hydrogen and CCUS whilst at university and his hopes for the future of energy.

“Growing up in Aberdeenshire, I was aware of the oil and gas industry around me, and always intended to enter it when I got older.  I decided to do chemical engineering at university because it combined my two favourite subjects of mathematics and physics.  I also wanted to make an impact in the real world, providing engineering solutions that benefit society.

There is a lot of discussion within the oil and gas industry about the “Energy Transition”.  To put the transition into context, in 2017 BP concluded that around 4% of global energy consumption was derived from renewable sources.  By 2035, this is projected to be 10%.

One example of an emerging renewable energy source, especially as a fuel, is hydrogen.  Nearly all hydrogen produced globally is “grey” hydrogen in the steam-methane reforming process.  This requires combusting natural gas, with the unfortunate side effect of producing significant CO2 emissions.  At university, I designed a Carbon Capture plant using amine absorption to allow a facility to produce cleaner hydrogen.  This is a possible alternative to “green” hydrogen produced from electrolysis using a renewable energy source.

The gathering pace of the Energy Transition is really exciting.  Working for Apollo we are investing heavily in ensuring we have the right expertise to be able to help our clients in solving new challenges, and becoming a sustainable industry for future generations of engineers to come.”

If you are exploring future EOR of your assets and would like to discuss the future potential of energy generation please contact consultancy@apollo-oe.com

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