Natural hydrogen discovered in Albania


A team of international scientists, including researchers from the Institut des Sciences de la Terre (ISTerre)*, has just discovered a reservoir of natural hydrogen in the depths of a chromite mine in eastern Albania. This discovery will open up new prospects for exploration.

The discovery was published in Science magazine. A “remarkably high” outgassing of hydrogen, of at least 200 tonnes per year and constant for at least 6 years, was observed in an underground chromite (chromium ore) mine in Albania. According to the team of CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research), it is the highest recoded natural hydrogen flux to date.

Laurent Truche, Professor at Grenoble Alpes University and member of the ISTerre laboratory, visited the site. He was able to observe a drainage basin transformed into a Jacuzzi, with hydrogen reaching a purity level of 84%.


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