Europe is playing catch up to Asia when it comes to HRS deployment

With hydrogen fuel becoming increasingly popular within the automotive industry, the need for supporting infrastructure is growing. More countries are planning and deploying hydrogen refuelling stations (HRS) to assist the stream of new hydrogen-powered mobility innovations.

The recent Hydrogen Insight 2023 report by the Hydrogen Council and McKinsey & Company reported that more than 1,070 HRS are now operational worldwide.

Asia is leading the charge with its 650 stations accounting for around 42% in terms of stations in operation. The report states that the worldwide deployment of HRS has grown by more than 50% from the end of 2021 to 2022, with China, South Korea and Japan responsible for the largest markets. Over the past year, China and South Korea installed more than 300 stations, and while Japan has only deployed 10, the country already had 160 in operation.

In February, China reported its first methanol-to-hydrogen and hydrogen refuelling service, launched by Sinopec, was in operation in Dalian. The station is expected to offer oil, gas, hydrogen and an electric charging service, with an integrated complex capable of producing 1,000kg of hydrogen per day with a purity of 99.999%. It is anticipated to save costs on hydrogen production, storage and transportation by more than 20%.

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