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Industry expert to explore clean hydrogen, sustainability in presentation


Fossil fuels are by far the greatest contributor to global climate change, necessitating investigation of alternative, zero-emission energy sources such as hydrogen. Sehmus Ozden, a senior carbon scientist at Lyten, says clean hydrogen is emerging as a viable way to meet net zero, and that university students in the Houston area should know more about it.

That’s because the U.S. Department of Energy has selected three Texas hydrogen hubs, including two in Houston, to submit applications for funds to develop hydrogen as an alternative to fossil fuel. The Houston Chronicle reports that the likelihood that Houston will host one of the nation’s federally-funded hydrogen hubs is increasing. As many as 10 hubs could be chosen to receive the funding.

Ozden has contributed groundbreaking research in the design and development of novel materials systems for water, energy and environmental sustainability. He will explore the process of producing clean hydrogen in presentation entitled, “Towards a Sustainable Future: Hydrogen Production and Storage” Thursday, April 27 at 12 p.m. in the Bayou Building at University of Houston-Clear Lake.

“Houston is an oil and gas city, and many energy companies are in Houston,” Ozden said. “This makes Houston one of the best candidates for launching the hydrogen hubs. Hydrogen is the future of clean energy, and it’s a rapidly growing, opening field. Students pursuing degrees in related fields should be aware of the employment opportunities that will exist.”

Because hydrogen reduces greenhouse gas emissions, it’s a sustainable fuel source. “This is a great opportunity to learn how hydrogen can contribute to sustainability,” he said. “And in a field that is opening, creative and innovative people will have great opportunities. In Houston, the prediction for the hydrogen market is that it’s expected to grow to $2.2 trillion by 2050. Now is the time to start learning more about it.”

The event is sponsored by UH-Clear Lake’s College of Science and Engineering and the Division of University Advancement. A reception will follow the presentation. To RSVP for the event, go online.