Hydrogen future and sustainable steel
The hydrogen transition may be the answer to the world’s demand for energy
Hydrogen is the world’s most common element. It can be produced cleanly and used as energy without emissions. Hydrogen can also be used to store and transfer energy, and it is also an industry raw material. When hydrogen combusts, no carbon dioxide emissions are created, only energy and water. Hydrogen can be used to replace fossil fuels, and the hydrogen transition will present an opportunity to switch to using clean energy on a global scale.
It is envisioned that in the future the hydrogen economy will have a role to play in the energy systems, industry and traffic of developed carbon-neutral societies.
The University of Oulu’s hydrogen research relies on both in-depth basic research as well as extensive applied research that are promoted in dozens of research projects. The University of Oulu’s hydrogen research emphasises, in particular, the promotion of clean hydrogen production methods, the utilisation of hydrogen in steel production and the development of steels for storing and transferring hydrogen. In addition, hydrogen utilisation methods are under development for the chemical industry, energy production and traffic alongside with new business models suitable for the new hydrogen economy.
H2FUTURE research programme
Hydrogen Future as a Climate Change Solution (H2FUTURE) research programme, supported by the Academy of Finland PROFI7 funding (2023-2028), aims for renewed thinking and challenging, yet electricity-wise realistic and future-oriented solutions for clean hydrogen production.
At the University of Oulu, a large number of scientists in several different fields are promoting hydrogen research.
Utilising hydrogen in steel production: Professor Timo Fabritius
Clean hydrogen production technologies: Professor Marko Huttula