Top Hydrogen Reads

A curated roundup of our top hydrogen reads

Unlocking the hydrogen economy - stimulating investment across the hydrogen value chain

The EIB assesses which support schemes are needed to stimulate investment across the hydrogen value chain, provide clarity to both suppliers and users and unleash the power of renewable hydrogen.

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Green hydrogen for industry - a guide to policy making

In this report, IRENA explores the challenges that renewable hydrogen faces in the industrial sector and the policy options available to address them.

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Innovation outlook: Renewable ammonia

In this report, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) provides a detailed overview of renewable ammonia and outlines the key role it will play in decarbonizing our economy – such as the chemical and agricultural sectors. This analysis also stresses the development of significant new markets for ammonia as a hydrogen carrier, as a fuel for stationary power and as a transport fuel – particularly in the maritime industry.

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The future of renewable hydrogen in the European Union

This analysis, conducted by the Harvard Kennedy School, points out that the EU can become a global leader in renewable hydrogen technologies and contribute to the EU’s climate and energy goals. The authors focus on the market and geopolitical implications of renewable hydrogen adoption and propose long-term strategies based on energy independence, cost optimization and energy security.

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Cost-competitive green hydrogen: how to lower the cost of electrolysers?

The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies has just published a paper on the the challenges associated with the cost of electrolysers and their implication for the cost of renewable hydrogen. Drawing on the experience of solar and wind power generation technologies, this paper analyses the most promising electrolyser technologies and opportunities for cost reduction in order to make renewable hydrogen competitive.

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Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation - The Hydrogen Factor

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) says hydrogen, which could cover up to 12% of total energy use by 2050, could shift power dynamics on a global scale. The agency also stresses renewable hydrogen should be prioritised in existing industry applications first and could strengthen energy independency, security, and resilience, while boosting the flexibility of energy systems.

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Indirect use of renewable hydrogen for international shipping: another piece of the puzzle solved

After analysing different technologies IRENA singled out renewable powerfuels, particularly e-ammonia, as the most promising option for the decarbonisation of the shipping sector. As the costs of renewable energy, electrolysers and hydrogen storage fall, renewable ammonia – through the indirect use of renewable hydrogen – profiles itself as the ideal long-term solution for decarbonising international shipping.

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IEA Global Hydrogen Review 2021

The International Energy Agency (IEA) reports in its ‘Global Hydrogen Review 2021’ report, released onOctober 4, that although investment is increasing in hydrogen projects to support a clean energy transition, further efforts are needed to reduce costs and encourage wider use across sectors.

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IRENA White paper on decarbonising end-use sectors

The white paper showcases key projects across different end-use sectors, showing growth opportunities for renewable hydrogen in the future.  The report also offers recommendations to policy makers on how to accelerate renewable  hydrogen development. Among these are the need to reduce taxes and grid fees for renewable electricity used for renewable hydrogen production, increasing ambitions in renewables deployment and developing international certification schemes for renewable hydrogen. The paper was developed by IRENA’s Coalition for Action bringing together leading renewable energy players from around the world with the common goal of advancing the uptake of renewable energy.

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Seizing the EU’s man on the moon moment. Make Fit for 55 a green demand shock to scale EU cleantech

A report by the Cleantech Group released earlier this spring highlights the importance of scaling up clean technologies quickly and efficiently to ensure a green demand shock and sufficient investment is allocated to the best technologies. They identify renewable hydrogen as one of the key opportunities to create a green demand shock that would spur the EU’s leadership on the global race to net-zero. The authors stress the need for a decisive policy drive to set the enabling EU regulatory framework that will boost the uptake of renewable hydrogen by setting high sustainability standards for hydrogen production and rewarding renewable hydrogen’s disruptive character by creating lead markets.

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Mainstreaming Renewable Hydrogen in Europe

This white paper conducted by Material Economics and commissioned by Breakthrough Energy analyses the economic foundations and viability of renewable-based hydrogen and suggests that Europe can mainstream renewable hydrogen a lot faster than currently predicted. Furthermore, the white paper emphasizes the decisive role of joint investment projects across the full value chain which would enable the cost of renewable hydrogen to be measured not just in comparison to the competing fossil fuels but in light of the sustainability value-add of the final product.

The analysis stresses the massive opportunity renewable hydrogen represents for Europe’s energy security, economic and strategic autonomy as well as industrial research and innovation, in its path to build the continent’s clean tech leadership and authority.

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