Inspenet, October 4, 2023.
The Lorraine region of France is attracting the attention of the energy industry due to the discovery of the largest deposit of white hydrogen in the world .
A discovery of colossal proportions has been made beneath French soil, near Spain. In the historic mining region of Lorraine, near Luxembourg and famous for its old coal mines, what could be the largest deposit of white hydrogen on the planet has been identified.
Amazing amount of hydrogen
The prospects for this deposit are astonishing, as it holds up to 46 million tons of white hydrogen . This could be equivalent to more than seven years of free electricity supply with current technology in Spain. The important discovery was made by a team of researchers from the University of Lorraine in collaboration with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).
During the search for methane gas, increasing levels of hydrogen were detected and as they went deeper, these levels increased. At a depth of approximately 1,093 meters, 15% of the element was found and estimates indicate that at a depth of 3,000 meters, this concentration could reach 98%.
It should be noted that unlike other types of hydrogen that are obtained through industrial processes that emit carbon, white is completely natural and its production does not cause pollution . It is called ‘white’ because its production does not generate greenhouse gas emissions. It is even greener than green hydrogen, which is produced by electrolysis of water using renewable energy.
Exploitation permit in process
Despite its great potential, there are still challenges to overcome before being able to fully take advantage of this valuable element, since no clear strategies have been established for its exploitation. First, scientists must confirm whether concentration levels continue to increase at greater depths and then develop methods for their extraction. However, the French company Française de l’Énergie has already submitted a permit application for mining exploitation in the region.
This discovery could have a significant impact on the European energy landscape, especially the transition towards more sustainable energy sources. Although it is still an incipient process, this discovery opens a window of hope for Europe’s energy future.