Hydrogen fuel offers clean energy through good business
Global leaders at last month’s COP27 scrambled to use available information and resources to build strategies around options such as hydrogen fuel in order to control greenhouse gas emissions and avoid catastrophic climate change that will happen if the world warms by over 2ºC. At the same time, it was also shown that power sectors could be decarbonized using options such as hydrogen fuel, while sticking to good business and strong economic practices. This placed the spotlight on Loughborough University’s doctoral research Mulako Mukelabai and Dr. Richard Blanchard, who worked with Professor Upul Wijayantha from Cranfield University, and their research into the opportunity Africa has to offer and that it has to gain from global decarbonization. Their research showed that Africa has tremendous clean energy resources and the minerals required for the production and transmission of renewably produced electricity. In this way, many of the countries throughout the continent are already aligned to supply clean energy to millions of homes and businesses, helping the world to keep up with its net-zero targets. Even though the continent contributes only 3 percent of the total worldwide greenhouse gas emissions as its current economic activities are low, it has a strong reliance on wood, coal, and other traditional biomass fuels in order to meet its energy needs. This practice is neither environmentally friendly nor is it good for local human health.