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Chevron and Cummins announce strategic collaboration on hydrogen

Chevron USA, through its Chevron Products Company division, and Cummins announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore a strategic alliance to develop commercially viable business opportunities in hydrogen and other alternative energy sources.

The MOU provides the framework for Chevron and Cummins to collaborate on four main objectives initially:

  • Advancing public policy that promotes hydrogen as a decarbonizing solution for transportation and industry;

  • Building market demand for commercial vehicles and industrial applications powered by hydrogen;

  • Developing infrastructure to support the use of hydrogen for industry and fuel cell vehicles; and

  • Exploring opportunities to leverage Cummins electrolyzer and fuel cell technologies at one or more of Chevron’s domestic refineries.

Cummins recently announced it has begun testing a hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine. (Earlier post.)

Collaborating with Cummins is a positive step toward our goal of building a large-scale business in a lower-carbon area that is complementary to our current offerings. Hydrogen is just one lower-carbon solution we are investing in that will position our customers to reduce the carbon intensity of their businesses and everyday lives. We’ve also invested in developing and supplying renewable natural gas, blending renewables into our fuels, coprocessing biofeedstocks in our refineries, and abatement projects that will reduce the carbon intensity of our operations.

—Andy Walz, president of Chevron’s Americas Fuels & Lubricants

Working with Chevron to advance hydrogen technology and accelerate ecosystem development helps us continue our goal in enabling a carbon-neutral world. The energy transition is happening, and we recognize the critical role hydrogen will play in our energy mix. We’ve deployed more than 2,000 fuel cells and 600 electrolyzers around the world and are exploring other hydrogen alternatives including a hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine as we continue to accelerate and harness hydrogen’s powerful potential.

—Amy Davis, vice president and president of New Power at Cummins



fuel cell vehicles
Combustion creates too much NOx


So, the oil companies finally show their hand; hydrogen generation from the environmental dirty process of reforming gas/oil using huge amounts of heat energy burning fossil fuels.
The idea of clean (green) hydrogen from electrolysis isn't in their plans and never will be.


They can put the carbon in empty natural gas wells


There is another almost green method of generating hydrogen from methane -- high temperature pyrolysis. You get carbon black and hydrogen without CO2. It is easier to permanently sequester solid carbon. Just use the solid carbon to backfill empty coal mines:) Hydrogen has it's use but it is a real pain to deal with and if I was asked to come up with a preferred method of generating hydrogen, it would be high temperature electrolysis using nuclear power.

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