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Getting high on hydrogen: Why the first element’s inclusion in pandemic responses is its defining moment and what industry needs to do next

Getting high on hydrogen: Why the first element’s inclusion in pandemic responses is its defining moment and what industry needs to do next

As the world begins to emerge from one of the most challenging periods in recent history, governments are turning their attention to how they can quickly revitalise their economies. Stimulus packages are front of mind as policy makers recognise their role in invigorating economic activity once more.

Placing clean energy investment at the heart of these packages has been recognised as one of a range of solutions for energising economies again. With the potential to deliver economic and environmental resilience in a post pandemic world, clean energy is regarded amongst some governments as a potential antidote to the world’s current challenges.

While stimulus targeting the renewables sector is on the table in most major economies, it is in fact hydrogen within this suite of technologies under consideration that has stolen the limelight. Hydrogen is being singled out by countries worldwide as a critical piece of the pandemic recovery story.

This is an incredible feat for the so called ‘fuel of the future’ which has made the transition from relative obscurity to the fast track towards commerciality in the space of a decade. Despite its recent momentum however, hydrogen does have a way to go and that last leap to mainstream adoption will only occur if government gets on board in a big way.

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