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[IMPACT Webinar:] Accelerating Global Hydrogen Production Competency: Strategies for Progress

Theme: “Accelerating Global Hydrogen Production Competency: Strategies for Progress”

Live Date: 13:00-15:10, UK Time, May 31 WED


The May 31 IMPACT webinar titled "Accelerating Global Hydrogen Production Competency: Strategies for Progress" provided valuable insights from key stakeholders regarding the scaling issue faced by the global hydrogen industry. The webinar aimed to address this challenge by exploring different approaches taken by various administrations. The following is a condensed recap of the webinar's key talk points.

Recording Timestamps:

00:04-00:16 | [Video Remark] The Spain's Practices and Strategies for Accelerated Hydrogen Progress

Mr. Jose Luis Cabo Sánchez, Deputy Directorate General for Hydrocarbons and New Fuels, Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Spain (Pre-record)

00:17-00:40 | [Opening] Road to Hydrogen Future - What does Scale up Mean?

Mr. Luis Janeiro, Hydrogen Lead, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) 

00:41-01:10 | The Must-know Facts about 2023 Innovation Fund Pilot Auction

Ms. Ewelina Daniel, Policy Officer, DG Climate Action in Innovation Fund, European Commission

01:11-01:30 | Path to Competitiveness: An Assessment of the Global Funding Landscape and German Instruments

Ms. Friederike Altgelt, Team Leader for Hydrogen Markets and Regulation, German Energy Agency

01:31-01:50 | Policies and Regulations for Expanding Green H2 industry in Czech Republic

Mr. Petr Mervart, Plenipotentiary of the Minister of Industry and Trade for Hydrogen Technologies, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic

01:51-02:05 | Enabling Large Scale Renewable Hydrogen in Australia: How We Make it Real

Ms. Jennifer Mackinlay, General Manager Europe and Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), Australia Government  

02:06-02:30 | Investing in Mauritania's Green Hydrogen Potential - Towards a Sustainable, Circular Economy

Ms. Aïssata Lam, Director General, Mauritania Investment Promotion Agency (APIM), Mauritania Government 

Key Takeways:

1. IRENA's Luis Janeiro: Scaling Up Renewable Hydrogen Production by 2050 for Global Energy Demands

In the presentation "Road to Hydrogen Future - Scaling Up," Luis Janeiro, IRENA's Team Lead for End-use Sector Applications, highlighted the need to scale up renewable hydrogen production by 2050. Janeiro emphasized the growing importance of electricity as the primary energy carrier, with hydrogen projected to contribute up to 14% of total energy consumption. He discussed the challenges of transitioning from fossil-based to renewable hydrogen production and emphasized the necessity for increased electrolyser capacity. Janeiro identified priority applications for hydrogen in chemicals, refineries, steel, international shipping, long-haul aviation, and high-temperature heating, while indicating lower priority for residential heating. He also projected a future of abundant and affordable renewables, with decreasing costs of green hydrogen production over time. Janeiro mentioned the potential for international hydrogen trade but noted that it may not reach the level of prominence seen in the oil and gas industry.

2. European Commission: Accelerating the EU Hydrogen Economy with European Hydrogen Bank and Auction Support

The European Commission is actively scaling up the EU Hydrogen Economy by investing in green hydrogen. Key initiatives include the European Hydrogen Bank and the upcoming 2023 Innovation Fund Pilot auction for renewable hydrogen. The auction aims to provide cost-efficient financial support, de-riskprojects, and promote market formation. Bids will be ranked based on price, with support offered through fixed premiums over a 10-year period. The qualification requirements involve agreements for power purchasing, hydrogen off-take, electrolyzer delivery, and engagement with regulatory authorities. Future plans include expanding auctions beyond hydrogen and implementing an EU-wide auction mechanism. These initiatives underscore the urgency and investment potential in green hydrogen, as the transition to a sustainable energy future is already underway.

3. Germany Paves the Way: Powerfuels Opportunity and Global Funding Trends

The German Energy Agency's presentation sheds light on the path to a carbon-neutral energy system,emphasizing the significance of powerfuels like hydrogen. Projections indicate that powerfuels will contribute to 28% of global energy consumption by 2050, necessitating substantial investments of€18,000 billion. Notably, Germany stands out with a remarkable 46 funding programs, surpassing the US and the EU in this regard. Recognizing the demand for renewable hydrogen, a significant portion of thesupply is expected to come from imports, with €7 billion allocated for domestic market ramp-up in Germany and €2 billion for international partnerships. A recent development involves the partnershipbetween the European Hydrogen Bank and H2Global, enabling EU Member States to participate in hydrogen tenders through H2Global. To ensure progress, Dena pointed that it is crucial to adapt fundingprograms to the evolving market, integrate them with other policy instruments, and extend support to the Global South.

4. Spain's Renewable Hydrogen Roadmap: Regulations, Engagement, and Ambitious Targets

Spain's strategies to advance hydrogen progress recognizes the importance of renewable hydrogen in achieving a net-zero scenario by 2050. Spain aligns with international goals outlined in the European Union's Green Deal and REPower EU plan. To ensure the integrity and consistency of renewable hydrogen utilization, Spain emphasizes the need for robust regulations across the entire value chain. As the current EU Council president, Spain takes the lead in discussions on hydrogen directives and regulations, including the hydrogen package and the Net Zero Industry Act. Setting ambitious targets, Spain aims to have 4 GW of electrolysis capacity by 2030, representing 10% of the EU objective. Pre-regulatory measures have been implemented, such as eliminating solar tariffs and introducing assistance programs for renewable gases. Spain has also allocated funds for renewable hydrogen projects and actively participates in European initiatives. Additionally, Spain is establishing hydrogen valleys or clusters to foster hydrogen ecosystems and drive down costs. With the creation of a Renewable Hydrogen Advisory Group, Spain facilitates stakeholder collaboration and identifies coordinated actions for strategy and regulatory adaptation. Through these efforts, Spain demonstrates its commitment to accelerating the transition to renewable hydrogen and achieving national and European energy goals.

5. Czech Republic's Hydrogen Strategy: From Local Islands to Global Bridges

The Czech Republic's Hydrogen Strategy is structured in three stages for green hydrogen development. Stage 1 focuses on local islands with a target cost of €8/kg H2, utilizing local renewable energy sources and low-carbon electricity. Stage 2 aims to establish global bridges with a target cost of €4/kg H2, involving RES from both Czech and foreign producers. Stage 3 explores emerging technologies and aims for a cost of €2/kg H2, utilizing nuclear energy or other low-carbon technologies. Hydrogen transport progresses from road and train in stage 1 to hydrogen pipelines and distribution networks in stage 2, and comprehensive local distribution networks in stage 3. The strategy prioritizes mobility, the chemical industry, and specific heat production initially, expanding to encompass all industries and heat and electricity production in later stages. The Czech Republic acknowledges challenges in hydrogen adoption but highlights advantages such as existing gas infrastructure, strong research and industrial base, and flexible support for hydrogen innovation. The Czech Hydrogen Strategy is being updated and expected for government approval by year-end.

6. Australia's Rise: Becoming a Key Player in Large-Scale Renewable Hydrogen Production

Australia is emerging as a key player in large-scale renewable hydrogen production. With a strong economy and energy links to Asia, Australia is well-positioned to supply hydrogen to Asian and European markets. The country offers a trusted investment destination with low sovereign risk and a track record in energy exports. Australia benefits from low-cost renewable energy, aiming to become a major global player in the hydrogen industry by 2030. The successful delivery of liquid hydrogen to Japan and ongoing projects in ammonia production and renewable hydrogen integration demonstrate progress. Initiatives like "Hydrogen Headstart," regional hubs, and funding programs support industry growth, alongside a certification scheme ensuring environmental credentials. Australia targets markets such as Europe, Japan, and South Korea, fostering partnerships for global hydrogen export and technology deployment. With a significant project pipeline, abundant renewable resources, and ample electrolyzer capacity, Australia capitalizes on its strengths to drive hydrogen industry growth and seize regional and international opportunities.

7. Mauritania's Green Hydrogen Potential: Abundant Resources and Regional Energy Hub Vision

Mauritania's green hydrogen potential is driven by its national energy transformation strategy, abundant solar and wind resources, and partnerships with international developers like BP. Pre-feasibility green hydrogen projects and a potential domestic market in the mining sector further contribute to its growth prospects. However, technical challenges and cost competitiveness remain factors to address. Establishing institutional and regulatory frameworks, including EITI implementation, is crucial for sector development. Mauritania's vision as a regional energy hub aligns with its green hydrogen ambitions, and efforts are underway to develop legal and regulatory frameworks with international support. Notably, an 8 million tonne/year renewable hydrogen project recently signed in March further demonstrates Mauritania's commitment to production and export in the global hydrogen market.

Editor’s Note: In an exhilarating display of progress and potential, the recent webinar on global hydrogen development unveiled a landscape teeming with opportunity. With each passing day, we witness the accelerated advancement of this revolutionary industry, buoyed by unwavering support at the regulatory level and an ever-expanding array of investment opportunities. The stage is set for global investors, developers, financiers, and supply chain partners to seize the moment and shape the future of green hydrogen. Yet, let us not be blind to the urgent need for international collaboration and partnerships. Together, we can forge a path towards a sustainable hydrogen future, where innovation and cooperation reign supreme. The time to act is now, and the possibilities are boundless.

Insights Brought to You by:

Mr. Luis Janeiro


Hydrogen Lead

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Ms. Friederike Altgelt


Team Leader for Hydrogen Markets and Regulation

German Energy Agency

Mr. Petr Mervart

Plenipotentiary of the Minister of Industry and Trade for Hydrogen Technologies

Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic

Ms. Aïssata Lam

Director General

Mauritania Investment Promotion Agency (APIM), Mauritania Government

Ms. Ewelina Daniel


Policy Officer, DG Climate Action in Innovation Fund

European Commisson

Mr. Jose Luis Cabo Sánchez

Deputy Directorate General for Hydrocarbons and New Fuels

Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Spain

Ms. Jennifer Mackinlay


General Manager Europe and Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner

Australian Trade and Investment Commission 


Molly Huang

Head of Content & Corporate Responsibility

Leader Associates

  • Molly

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