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To Tackle Climate Change, the (Industrial) Heat Is On

Prof Julio Friedman of Columbia Univ, Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Global Energy Policy, and frequent speaker to government and advisory authorities recently published an article on the magnitude of industrial heat on GHG levels. Industrial emmissions comprise 10% of the 22% in the industrial GHG category. The creation of steel, glass, pavement, and other materials to build society draws upon massive energy needs (furnaces running 24hours, heat transfer with heavy machinery and pressure systems, etc). Efficiency systems, renewables, and other technology advancements have not reached this area like practices in EV and home. Great article and very interesting to say the least.  

Full article here: https://energypolicy.columbia.edu/research/op-ed/tackle-climate-change-industrial-heat

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Matt Chester on Oct 29, 2019 9:54 pm GMT

Because of the unique challenges that prevent industrial sector from simply electrifying, it's definitely one of the areas I'm most open to seeing carbon capture take hold-- interesting to see him talk about that in conjunction with hydrogen for industry:

Carbon capture also supports production of one of the most viable and versatile low-carbon fuels: hydrogen. Most hydrogen, 95% worldwide, is made by reforming natural gas and steam molecules at high temperature (which itself consumes lots of heat). It’s possible to capture 50% to 90% of the carbon dioxide from hydrogen production and keep it from the air and oceans forever. This is already being done commercially at four sites worldwide (soon to be six).

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