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Proton’s potential ultra-low cost hydrogen solution

The Canadian firm's process extracts hydrogen from old oil and gas wells

Sometimes the best solution to a problem is both simple and obvious, at least in retrospect, like wheels on the bottom of a suitcase. Calgary-based startup Proton Technologies’ patented solution for producing ultra-low cost hydrogen, with a carbon footprint lower than green hydrogen produced by wind and solar power on a full-cycle basis, falls under this category. The company’s ‘proton process’, using two established industrial technologies in a new way, extracts hydrogen from old oil and gas wells. “Someone’s abandoned liability becomes our hydrogen field,” Proton CEO Grant Strem tells Hydrogen Economist. “Someone’s abandoned liability becomes our hydrogen field” Strem, Proton

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