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Op-Ed: Discovery of ‘white’ hydrogen hailed as ‘second revolution’ for the energy industry

November 9, 2023

In what is being called a game-changer in terms of scientific research, a new gas-detecting probe has been able to find what could be up to 250 million tons of so-called “white” hydrogen, a naturally occurring form of hydrogen, in Lorraine, France. And this isn’t the first discovery of the holy-grail of clean energy, either.

In 1987, a group of people were drilling for water in Mali when they were suddenly burned by an expulsion of gas; hydrogen. Without a working way to collect that hydrogen, it was capped and sealed until 2012 when a use was found. Since then, clean natural hydrogen from that well has been powering people’s homes in that part of Mali – ten years later that well shows no sign of running out.

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