Gazprom to expand its zero-emission hydrogen capabilities
Gazprom will start producing zero-emission hydrogen in 2024 under a new government plan to develop a hydrogen-based economy. The company will begin to test a methane-hydrogen-powered turbine next year, and until 2024 it will also study different applications of hydrogen as a fuel for use in gas boilers and gas turbines, and as fuel for vehicles. Along with Gazprom, the country’s nuclear power major Rosatom will start testing hydrogen as fuel for trains in 2024 and Novatek is also interested in taking part in the hydrogen initiatives. Because of changing attitudes to oil and gas worldwide, the Russian government has begun to see increasing the strategic role hydrogen could play in the country's economic future and is planning for it to feature more heavily in Russia’s export mix. The Hydrogen Council expects that by 2050, hydrogen could account for as much as 18 percent of global energy consumption.