Energy Transition

Energy Transition | Hydrogen

An Introduction to Natural Hydrogen Exploration

Course Code: N667
Instructors:  Jürgen Grötsch
Course Outline:  Download
Format and Duration:
1 days
2 sessions

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Location: Virtual
Date:  24th - 25th Sep 2024
Start Time: 14:00 BST
Event Code: N667a24V
Fee From: GBP £830 (exc. Tax)


The objective of this course is to introduce natural hydrogen as a potential future clean energy resource and how to explore for it as it may become the next game-changer in the energy industry providing a clean and sustainable solution for part of the global energy demand. One of the recent new findings in the Geo-Energy sector is that hydrogen can be found in many places around the globe as natural seeps, similar to what has been observed for oil and gas since many centuries. Many indications point towards a major clean energy resource of the future considering that in the last few years some 300 natural H2 seeps have been reported and are exponentially rising. The first H2 exploration companies have formed and the first wells targeting H2 have been drilled.


Event Code: N667a24V
Sessions: 2 sessions
Instructors: Jürgen Grötsch
Dates: 24th - 25th Sep 2024
Start Time: 14:00 BST
Location: Virtual
Fee From
GBP £830 (exc. Tax)
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Duration and Training Method

This is an instructor-led course comprising a mixture of lectures, exercises, case studies, discussions and feedback sessions. The course follows the discover, ask and learn approach.

Course Overview

Participants will learn to 

  1. Recognize the role of different ‘colours’ of hydrogen.
  2. Recognize a basic understanding of the global landscape of current hydrogen production and consumption.
  3. Acquire awareness of hydrogen development projects.
  4. Gain awareness of the global distribution of natural hydrogen seeps.
  5. Develop familiarity with the concept of hydrogen exploration.
  6. Identify the primary subsurface uncertainties in hydrogen exploration and development challenges.
  7. Address the economic value proposition behind natural hydrogen.

This course provides an overview on hydrogen as an energy resource and the various ‘colours’ of hydrogen. However, natural (white) hydrogen was until now not considered in the developments around the future energy system. This course highlights the current status of knowledge and latest developments around such a potential new energy opportunity, i.e. natural H2 exploration and production as part of the future energy mix. If further developments turn out to be successful, this could result in another unexpected game changer in the energy sector. similar to the unconventional revolution a few decades back. However, further research and investments in exploration are required to conclusively provide answer on size of the prize and feasibility of development of such a new energy resource.


Part 1 – Overview of hydrogen in the global energy system

Part 2 – Introduction to the multiple ‘colours’ of hydrogen

Part 3 – Examples of natural hydrogen seeps

Part 4 – The hydrogen system from source to reservoir

Part 5 – Play-based Exploration and Field Development of natural hydrogen

Part 6 – The value proposition behind natural hydrogen

Part 7 – Outlook on opportunities and risks in natural hydrogen projects

This 1-day course has been designed for a non-technical audience from industry, the public sector and regulators. It is of particular interest for investors and decision makers who need to set directions and priorities in the energy transition.

Jürgen Grötsch

Currently, Jürgen is Lecturer Geo-Energy in the Master Program at the Friedrich-Alexander University (Erlangen, Germany). He also works part-time as Assurance Consultant for the national Nuclear Waste Site Program in Germany and as Energy Transition Advisor. He is a Subsurface Data Management Consultant and Member of the OSDU™ Forum.

Jürgen has a background in carbonate sedimentology, stratigraphy and palaeoceanography. Following a brief career in academia, he worked for 31 years with Shell where he had various functions around the globe like Chief Geologist and Head of Geological Services. Since 2010 his focus was mainly on digital technology development, ultimately leading into the global subsurface data management project called OSDU™. At the end of 2022, he retired from Shell.

Jürgen has published many scientific papers and books on geoscience, the latest one is called “Digital Geology”. He has a passion for teaching and held many courses at university and within Shell’s graduate training programs. Next to work, he enjoys cycling, jazz and playing chess.

Affiliations and Accreditation
Postdoc Universität Tübingen, Germany – Carbonate sequence stratigraphy
PhD FAU, Erlangen, Germany - Cretaceous carbonate platforms
Postgraduate UC San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA – Marine geology
MSc FAU, Erlangen, Germany – Devonian conodont stratigraphy
Board Member of the Dachverband der Geowissenschaften (DVGeo), Germany
Board Member of the German Geological Society (DGGV)
Scholar and Alumni of the "Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes", Germany
SPE Distinguished Lecturer 2016/17 on carbonate reservoirs.
EAGE - Member
AAPG - Member

Courses Taught
N597: Managing Subsurface Data and More - OSDU™ Fundamentals
N665: Natural Hydrogen Exploration
N667: An Introduction to Natural Hydrogen Exploration

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PDH: 7 Professional Development Hours
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