This sheet provides an overview of the range of production processes possible to produce hydrogen and concise descriptions of the three mature processes for hydrogen production.
Educational Value Statement
- Illustrates energy transformations within a system.
- Demonstrates the scientific and technological advancements influenced by the environmental and social drive towards decarbonisation.
- Describes the important chemical processes of water electrolysis, steam methane reforming and coal gasification for hydrogen production.
- Can be downloaded as a PDF File.
Key Learning Objectives
- Students identify the different industry colour classifications of hydrogen based on raw materials, production process and by-products produced.
- Students identify different forms of energy used in the production of hydrogen gas; solar, wind, electricity, heat and chemical.
- Students analyse the sustainable use of water, wind and solar in the production and use of hydrogen as a fuel.
- Students describe and compare the three most established methods of hydrogen production.
- Students describe scientific and technological advancements influenced by the environmental and social drive towards decarbonisation.
- Students explain the chemical processes of electrolysis, steam methane reforming and coal gasification and describe them as important chemical reactions.
- Science Understanding: Chemical sciences
- Science Understanding: Physical sciences
- Science as a Human Endeavour: Nature and the development of science
- Science as a Human Endeavour: Use and influence of science
Australian Curriculum Content Statements
Science: ACSSU155 (8); ACSSU225 (8); ACSSU179 (9); ACSHE157 (9); ACSHE228 (9); ACSSU187 (10); ACSSU190 (10); ACSHE230 (10)