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Geologic hydrogen studies: towards a greener future

Wednesday, 17 August, 2022 @ 5:30 pm (Australia/Adelaide time)

$25.00 – $40.00

Guest Speaker(s): Christopher J. Boreham

Christopher J. Boreham is a principal organic geochemist at Geoscience Australia working in the Minerals, Energy and Groundwater Division. He obtained his BSc (Hons) in chemistry from the University of Queensland and awarded a PhD in chemistry at the Australian National University. He has worked continuously with the one entity; BMR, AGSO and now Geoscience Australia. Chris has wide experience in the application of organic geochemistry to the evolution of oil and gas in Australian sedimentary basins. He has recently extended these geochemical studies to unconventional petroleum (coal seam methane, shale gas and oil), helium, hydrogen and abiogenic hydrocarbons, as well as being involved in CO2CRC’s studies on the injection of CO2 into a depleted natural gas field and a saline aquifer.

Geologic hydrogen studies: towards a greener future.


Presented by: Chris Boreham, Geoscience Australia


The global energy sector is transforming and H2 is likely to play an increasingly prominent role as a clean energy carrier. Today, molecular hydrogen (H2) is almost exclusively manufactured from fossil fuels through steam reformation of natural gas with co-generation of carbon dioxide (CO2), resulting in grey H2, and with carbon capture and storage of the CO2, resulting in blue H2. On the other hand, water electrolysis produces only H2 and oxygen (O2), resulting in green H2 when electrolysis proceeds using renewable energy; the challenge is to significantly reduce the cost of this energetically unfavourable reaction. What is gaining increased interest is the potential use of naturally occurring H2 where it is almost always present in natural gas (geologic H2) and its extraction is likely to be cost effective if found in high enough concentration and volume. Most researches agree that Australia is one of the most promising regions for future exploration for geologic H2. In my talk I will show the Australia-wide coverage of geologic H2 in natural gas and describe where Geoscience Australia has advanced our understanding of the best places to look for H2-rich natural gas in Australia.


Event Details:

Date / time: Wednesday, 17 August; 6.00 pm

Venue: Ayers House

Details: Cash Bar; canapes provided


$25 for PESA and SPE members; $40 for non-members.

Ticket sales close 1.00 pm Friday, 12th August

Sponsor: Beach Energy, Santos, Vintage Energy, and the Department for Energy and Mining (Government of South Australia)



Wednesday, 17 August, 2022
5:30 pm
(Australia/Adelaide time)
$25.00 – $40.00
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    Ayers House – Ballroom
    288 North Terrace
    Adelaide, South Australia 5000



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