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NEWS – Incentivizing demand critical for hydrogen market development: panelists

Original article published on S&P Global Platts, 9 March 2021

Written by: Jeffrey McDonald

URL: https://www.spglobal.com/platts/en/market-insights/latest-news/natural-gas/030921-incentivizing-demand-critical-for-hydrogen-market-development-panelists
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London — Building out the hydrogen economy will require a combination of pricing transparency and commoditization as industry makes projects affordable over the coming decade, panelists said at the World Hydrogen virtual summit March 9.

With more than 30 governments globally launching hydrogen strategies, the hydrogen policy focus is becoming more clear. However, incentivizing supply and demand remains a challenge, particularly as companies consider their appetite for risk, said Joaquin Narro, managing director at Alcazar Investment Management.

“The path to hydrogen commoditization is full of opportunities but it is also riddled with dangerous pitfalls,” Narro said.

Finding the right risk appetite amid market uncertainty is critical for driving projects in the early stages as hydrogen economy takes shape over the course of the decade, panelists said at the World Hydrogen Summit virtual conference.

Project risk for low-and-zero carbon hydrogen is largely tied up with feedstock costs, along with finding long-term customers, according to Astrid Behaghel, energy transition expert and hydrogen coordinator for BNP Paribas.

“Long-term financing is what we are missing at the moment — whether it’s from government or long-term offtakers,” she said.

Projects are not yet bankable, and need guidance for what schemes are needed, said Shiva Dustdar, head of innovation at the European Investment Bank.

The bank is advising a number of projects now where the bankability lies on the upstream generation side of renewable energy, but is lacking on the demand side, she said.

The challenge is trying to go closer to the customer, and trying to map investor risk appetite.

“We are interviewing along the corporate value chain, and determining what will it take for the public side to make it worth the capital,” she said.

Mobility markets provide a potential near-term solution, said Oliver Bishop, general manager of Shell Hydrogen.

Industry is able to provide large quantities of hydrogen, but at lower margins, he said.

“Transportation is closer to where it needs to be at parity to conventional hydrocarbon fuels,” he said.

In addition to hydrogen refinery projects, Shell currently has over 50 refueling stations in North America, Europe and Asia.

Over time, building cross-sectoral demand where industrial users provide hydrogen as a feedstock to spur mobility will be crucial for success, Bishop said.

Once projects are in place, developing a cross-border, global hydrogen market will require a combination of pricing and commoditization, Narro said. although measuring carbon intensity appears to be the answer, he said.

“Low carbon hydrogen uniformity is required to draw investors,” Narro said. “Hydrogen needs to be commoditized.”

Creating a carbon intensity product around hydrogen is the answer, Narro said. Such a mechanism could be created by different grid operators or linked to CO2 prices, he said.

NEWS – Countries must balance H2 supply and demand—WHS

Original article published on Hydrogen Economist, 10 March 2021

Encouraging development at both ends of the value chain will ensure the long-term sustainability of the industry, firms say

Governments at federal and state levels must put in place policies to encourage both the supply and demand of green hydrogen simultaneously if a properly functioning market is to develop, according to industry experts speaking at the World Hydrogen Summit yesterday. Regulators can provide a stable investment environment to ensure production projects go ahead  while also putting in place time-limited subsidies to encourage demand, according to Oliver Bishop, general manager for hydrogen at Shell. “We need to make sure we synchronise the demand piece with the supply—that helps all of us get down the cost curve,” he said. “We need to make sure we synchronise demand with supply—that….

Read full article here: http://pemedianetwork.com/hydrogen-economist/articles/strategies-trends/2021/countries-must-balance-hsub2sub-supply-and-demand-whs

Written by: Tom Young

NEWS – From “Why” to “How”: Hydrogen Industry Roadmap to be Defined by Global Governments & Energy Leaders at 2nd World Hydrogen Summit

Original article published on  | February 24, 2021

URL: https://www.ecovoice.com.au/from-why-to-how-hydrogen-industry-roadmap-to-be-defined-by-global-governments-energy-leaders-at-2nd-world-hydrogen-summit/

 

Recent “Green Recovery” announcements, National Energy strategies and the prospect of a European Green Deal have all brought Hydrogen back into focus as a key enabler in the race for carbon neutrality. Green hydrogen in particular exceeded expectations in 2020 despite the pandemic, with new records achieved in electrolysis capacity, fuel cell electric vehicle market expansion and several large-scale gigafactories announced. But more efforts are needed to scale up and expand hydrogen use, ensure its low-carbon potential is fully harnessed to deliver on set climate targets and reach NetZero carbon by 2050.

Global government representatives and energy leaders have confirmed their participation at the 2nd World Hydrogen Summit taking place virtually on 9-11 March, with the aim to accelerate efforts and define the hydrogen industry roadmap for the year ahead. The summit programme shifts the conversations from “why” to “how” reflecting the need to maximise the current momentum to accelerate knowledge transfer and increase international hydrogen deployment.

The Summit is produced by the Sustainable Energy Council, in partnership with the City of Rotterdam and the Port of Rotterdam Authority and is sponsored by a an array of organisations leading current hydrogen projects world-wide who will be present through representatives that will speak, connect and build cross-sector partnerships enabling hydrogen projects to become a reality; including: Smartenergy, Shell, Wärtsilä, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group, Alcazar, Shearman & Sterling, McPhy, Star Scientific, Linklaters, Atlas Copco, Advent, DTEK, Queensland Government Australia, Cummins Inc.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

For more information and to view the full speaker list and programme, please visit https://www.world-hydrogen-summit.com/

Video – Event Highlights of the 2nd World Hydrogen Summit

Video – World Hydrogen Awards Ceremony & Acceptance Speeches

Press Release – First World Hydrogen Awards 2021 Winners Announced

London, UK – The inaugural World Hydrogen Awards took place today as a virtual ceremony during the 2nd World Hydrogen Summit, with 6 winners recognised in different categories for their contribution to the hydrogen industry.

In the Hydrogen Transport category, H2Haul was named the winner for 2021 for their hydrogen fuel cell trucks for heavy duty zero emissions logistics.

The Green Hydrogen Project award went to NEOM, Acwa Power and Air Products, for their Neom city power-to-hydrogen-to-ammonia facility.

The Port of Rotterdam won the Port of the Future award for their strides in establishing a large-scale hydrogen network across the port complex including production, import, application and transport.

The Hydrogen Industrial Application award went to Star Scientific for their Hydrogen Energy Release Optimiser HERO® technology which can be used in power generation, heating, off-grid, industrial heat and desalination.

Heidi Genoni, Programme & Project Manager, Hydrogen & Energy Advisory at Arup won the Woman in Hydrogen award for her key role in a wide range of projects supporting the progression towards a hydrogen economy, including the recognised Hydrogen for Heating (Hy4Heat) programme.

The Hydrogen Person of the Year award went to Noe van Hulst, Chair of IPHE and Hydrogen Advisor to International Energy Agency and Gasunie, for his significant contribution to the industry by advocating for hydrogen to the public, companies and governments over the years which has served to persuade, raise awareness and propel hydrogen to the global stage.

Chris Hugall, Managing Director at the Sustainable Energy Council said: “SEC is delighted to launch the World Hydrogen Awards at this year’s World Hydrogen Summit. The response in nominations was more than we could have hoped for, with some outstanding individuals and projects nominated. The World Hydrogen Awards are the only truly global awards to recognise excellence within the Hydrogen industry and we are looking forward to continuously serve the industry and celebrate its fast-paced advancements.”

Find out more about the winners and view the full Awards Ceremony video here: https://youtu.be/svYJr-U4BDs

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