Fluoropolymers Power the Clean Hydrogen Industry

Hydrogen station with a play flying over itGrowing demands for clean energy have focused attention on hydrogen production. Innovators envision a society that uses hydrogen to fuel heating, power cars, and store and transport energy. Access to a specific type of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS), fluoropolymers, is required to produce and deploy clean hydrogen.

The hydrogen industry’s biggest challenge is quickly and exponentially scaling a new supply chain that is robust enough to meet the escalating demand for rapid advancement toward a global hydrogen economy, demand that will continue to grow as countries across the world work towards carbon neutrality. The European Union (EU), for example, attaches a key role to green hydrogen in achieving its Green Deal and has set a target of producing 25 million tons of green hydrogen by 2030.

As a leading manufacturer of ion exchange materials, our fluoropolymer membrane technology is at the heart of the hydrogen economy, making Chemours chemistry essential to producing and deploying clean hydrogen.

Person holding a hydrogen deviceWithout fluoropolymers, clean hydrogen doesn’t exist.

Fluoropolymer membranes create an environmentally safe way to generate large amounts of hydrogen without carbon dioxide emissions. These membranes help to reduce production disruptions, maintain consistently higher outputs, and promote an environmentally sustainable solution to hydrogen production. Fluoropolymers are required to produce hydrogen membranes. No alternatives possess all of these unique properties while delivering the same high level of performance.

What are fluoropolymers?

Fluoropolymers are a specialty plastic that possess a unique combination of properties that make them critical to modern life and a wide variety of sectors and industries. They are one specific class PFAS, a group of thousands of chemical compounds with varying characteristics, properties, and environmental and safety profiles. Importantly, fluoropolymers do not pose a significant risk to human health or the environment when used for their intended purposes.

Benefits of Fluoropolymers in the Hydrogen Industry

Critical Fluoropolymer Applications in the Hydrogen Industry:

  • Cleaner hydrogen production:

    The use of fluoropolymers allows for cleaner hydrogen production, rather than using fossil fuels.

  • Emissions reductions:

    The use of fluoropolymers reduces carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere, resulting in more sustainable hydrogen production.

  • Power grid enhancement:

    Fluoropolymers enhance the efficiency of power grids, while simultaneously reducing environmental footprints.

  • Renewable energy:

    Hydrogen fuel cells, powered through the use of fluoropolymers, are a source of renewable energy.