13. August 2020 | 08:14 CET
dynaCERT, NEL ASA, Royal Helium - benefit from the UN climate mission
Helium and hydrogen are now not only driving space travel and modern mobility, the inert gases are also the focus of investors and politicians. While Elon Musk and Richard Branson want to make space tourism possible and NASA is using SpaceX to implement extensive programmes with satellites, the demand for helium will continue to increase. Hydrogen is increasingly being discussed as an alternative to a more polluting battery as an energy storage medium. An innovation that uses hydrogen as a catalyst has now been included in the United Nations' "United 4 Smart Sustainable Cities" program: HydraGEN
time to read: 2 minutes by Mario Hose
Innovation for climate protection
dynaCERT from Canada has announced that the company has met the United Nations conditions for the United 4 Smart Sustainable Cities Program with an honorable distinction. Around 200 cities around the globe have already joined the program to achieve peace and prosperity on a healthy earth, also to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.
Jim Payne, CEO of dynaCERT, said: "Our 'seal as a smart sustainable company' opens the doors to cities that can use dynaCERT's HydraGEN technology globally and thereby support the efforts of the United Nations related to cleaning the atmosphere. (…)“
For dynaCERT and its dealers, this award facilitates access to cities and communities for equipping vehicle fleets and generators. The company now has access to a global network of dealers for sales. HydraGEN is a dynaCERT innovation that can be retrofitted and thus saves resources. In addition, fuel consumption is reduced by up to 19% and NOx emissions can be reduced by up to 89%, the company states on its website. CO2 emissions can also be reduced by up to 10%. GBC analysts recently set a target price of EUR 1.40 and recommended the share as a buy.
Profiteer of the space boom
Royal Helium's share has been in the focus of investors for a few weeks now because the company has secured around 400,000 hectares of helium projects in North America. According to the announcement, Royal Helium has already identified 12 drill targets with potential deposits of the inert gas. The special feature of helium is that it cannot be produced artificially and there is no substitute for most applications. The inert gas is usually extracted from the earth. There are only a few investment opportunities for helium available to investors.
With the increase in space activities, the demand for the inert gas will also continue to rise, because without helium, the fuel consumption and tank pressure of rockets cannot be controlled. Apart from space travel, helium is most commonly used in the health sector and in manufacturing. Investors who want to profit from the demand for helium should look at the opportunities offered by Royal Helium.
Where does the electricity for hydrogen come from?
The future development of NEL ASA will also be exciting. The plant manufacturer for the hydrogen ecosystem is currently benefiting from political support in Europe. While in France the production of hydrogen is largely possible through carbon-neutral nuclear energy and renewable energies, in Germany additional coal has to be burned in controllable power plants due to the additional demand for electricity from hydrogen production.
The carbon footprint of hydrogen in Germany is therefore different from that of neighboring France. As long as a country's power generation with renewable energies is not largely carbon neutral, electric mobility cannot yet offer any advantage over modern diesel engines, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy already made clear in June 2020.