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Haldor Topsoe's announcement shows there are no sure bets in the hydrogen economy

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March 15, 2021
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Haldor Topsoe will build a 500 MW solid oxide electrolyzer cell (SOEC) manufacturing facility by 2023, with the possibility of eventual expansion to 5 GW. The company's announcement shows that the hydrogen economy is still very much in flux and that new technologies can still upend hydrogen economy roadmaps. An industry leader moving forward with SOEC shows that even widely publicized roadmaps, such as those in the recent Hydrogen Insights report, have several blind spots to emerging hydrogen technologies. Another technology to watch out for is methane pyrolysis, which is currently flying under the radar but may similarly threaten the assumption that carbon capture will remain the technology of choice for blue hydrogen.

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Further Reading

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