COP27 Energy Day: where hydrogen goes from here

With COP27 hosting Energy Day, we outline the state of play in the hydrogen sector, and key challenges and opportunities facing the industry on the path to decarbonisation.

There can be no doubt that hydrogen will play an important role in the transition to a Net Zero energy system, as shown in IEA’s Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 Roadmap.

Demand should grow six-fold by 2050 and its use should expand to new sectors, including long distance transport, shipping, aviation, new uses in heavy industry or power generation.

But for all the optimism surrounding hydrogen’s take up, there are wide-ranging uncertainties across policy, technology, power and mobility. So where is the industry standing now, and what are the main obstacles that need to be overcome?

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