LOS ANGELES, CA, May 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Foothills Exploration, Inc. (OTC: FTXP) (“Foothills” or the “Company”), an oil and gas exploration and development company focused on delivering the energy needs of today and tomorrow is pleased to announce an update on its joint venture with Perspectum Drone Inspection Services, Ltd. (“Perspectum”).
Natural hydrogen exploration is gaining momentum globally as demand for low-cost carbon-free hydrogen continues to grow exponentially. For example, in the state of South Australia, since February 2021, a total of 18 exploration licenses have been granted or applied for by six different companies searching for natural hydrogen on lands covering about one-third of the state. The Company plans to start marketing the joint venture’s drone reconnaissance services for the delineation of the lands contained in these 18 exploration concessions. The Company, through its joint venture, also plans to begin unmanned aerial surveys over the lands in the White Lightning Prospect through its participation agreement with Pristine Energy, Inc.
Update on Joint Venture with Perspectum
HHe Exploration Technologies, Ltd. (the “Joint Venture,” the “JV,” or “HHe”) has integrated its hydrogen sensor with its Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (“UAV”) and it has been test flown to evaluate the navigational and stability performance of the platform. Field testing under optimum conditions is being pursued but to date HHe has experienced unusually cold and snowy spring weather conditions at its test site. HHe expects to be in the field testing the sensor detection and mapping software in the coming days.
HHe believes the combination of optical gas imaging and ambient air analysis provides a novel solution for identifying hydrogen in the most minute volumes and concentrations. Additionally, a collaboration with a research and technology industry partner is allowing the joint venture to evaluate next generation UAVs, which will have heavier payload capacity, extended flight times and fully autonomous navigation capabilities. These evolved platforms will allow multi-sensor array capabilities of existing and futuristic technologies resulting in the acquisition of the most advanced data possible.
“We are very pleased with our progress to date pertaining to the development of our purpose-built UAV platform,” said Ty Pfeifer, President of HHe “With the accelerated demand for our services, we continue to evaluate innovative technologies, which will keep us at the forefront of hydrogen and helium detection” continued Pfeifer. “In addition to our ongoing assessment of new sensor technologies, we also understand the requirement for more sophisticated UAVs and have an ongoing collaboration with one of Canada’s most advanced technical institutes in regards to this matter,” ended Pfeifer.
About Natural Hydrogen
The field of natural (or “gold/white”) hydrogen exploration has recently emerged on the international stage as a potentially viable alternative hydrogen production method with costs projected to be significantly lower than steam methane reforming (“grey hydrogen”) and electrolysis using renewable energy (“green hydrogen”). Natural hydrogen is clean and carbon-free with production costs estimated to be about $0.75 per kilogram, which is about 1/8th the current cost of producing green hydrogen.
Hydrogen is also gaining unprecedented economic and political momentum globally as an alternative net-zero energy vector and a complement to the ‘electrify everything’ movement. Bank of America forecasts that the hydrogen industry is at a tipping point and headed to $11 trillion, with hydrogen production projected to see a 5,000% increase by 2026. Global demand for clean and green energy continues to increase rapidly, coupled with the need to optimize production, and minimize greenhouse gas emissions.
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