Could the discovery of sufficient white hydrogen impact decarbonization? 

White hydrogen

Earlier this year, scientists in northern France made a potentially massive discovery of naturally occurring H2, also known as ‘white hydrogen’.

Will the natural H2 deposit discovered by French scientists earlier this year help with the problems associated with going carbon-free?

Depending on how it is extracted, this could be among the purest and least expensive forms of hydrogen.

Since global climate change policies have come into effect, hydrogen has drawn a lot of attention as a low- or zero-carbon substitute for fossil fuels. However, depending on how it is made, not all types of gas are created equally pure. For example, procedures involving fossil fuels like coal or natural gas are used to produce brown, black, and grey H2. Due to their unabated carbon emissions, they are no longer as environmentally beneficial as burning fossil fuels directly as an energy source. 

Green hydrogen is typically generated through electrolysis, which involves splitting water molecules. This process is commonly powered by renewable sources of energy like solar or wind. Conversely, white hydrogen is a kind of hydrogen that naturally occurs in underground deposits. It doesn’t require any further processing procedures to be removed, transported, stored, or used.

Practical-sized white hydrogen deposits were unknown up until this time. However, the recent discovery in France presents a potentially significant supply of this clean energy source. Professor Philip Jessop, who holds the Canada Research Chair in green chemistry and teaches at Queen’s University in Canada, emphasized the discovery’s potential global implications, especially in solving global warming challenges. The professor underlined how broadly applicable this discovery is.

Replacing traditional fossil fuels 

White hydrogen stands out as a viable alternative. Its function is seen essential in plans intended to lower greenhouse gas emissions, which are a primary contributor to the fight against climate change. White hydrogen’s versatility allows it to be used as a fuel alternative for vehicles traditionally powered by gasoline or diesel and to produce electricity. 

Frequently asked questions about white hydrogen 

1. In what ways does white hydrogen differ from green hydrogen?

Green hydrogen is generated through electrolysis, splitting water molecules using power from renewable sources such as solar or wind energy. Conversely, white hydrogen is a form that naturally occurs and can be directly extracted from underground deposits.


2. What is white hydrogen?

White hydrogen is hydrogen that naturally exists in underground reserves and can be extracted, transported, stored, and used without additional processing.

3. How was France’s white hydrogen deposit found?

In 2023, researchers Philippe de Donato and Jacques Pironon of the Université de Lorraine discovered France’s white hydrogen deposit while looking for a methane source in the country’s northeast.

4. Why is white hydrogen seen as a possible remedy for issues related to carbon emissions?

Regarded as a low or zero-carbon substitute for fossil fuels, white hydrogen is distinct from other hydrogen types like brown, black, and grey, which are produced using fossil fuel processes and yield significant carbon emissions. White hydrogen’s minimal emissions significantly reduce its environmental impact.


5. What is the potential impact of the white hydrogen deposit found in France?

This large white hydrogen deposit was found in France and has the potential to be a significant source of clean energy. Professor Philip Jessop believes that many of the problems associated with global warming may be solved with a sufficient supply.

6. How might the fight against climate change make use of white hydrogen?

As an energy source, white hydrogen could replace traditional fuels like gasoline or diesel or be used for electricity generation. It is seen as an essential component of plans to combat climate change and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

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