How shipping can unlock hydrogen’s potential

Hydrogen has the ability to decarbonise maritime markets in the long-term as H2 View explores
this month, but as Rob Cockerill explains here, the shipping sector could conversely hold the key
to unlocking green hydrogen’s potential globally, too.

One of the most compelling fuels for shipping in the years ahead is green ammonia, an indirect application of green hydrogen that could truly unlock a decarbonised long-haul maritime market. Yet it is also conversely the shipping sector that could unlock the widely anticipated potential in green hydrogen-fuelled economies as a whole, globally.

It’s already been a breakthrough year for hydrogen, sadly for all the wrong reasons, in many respects. Sustained high natural gas prices for over 12 months now have made all cost comparisons with hydrogen, renewables and other clean fuels far more favourable; the tragic war in Ukraine has not only squeezed these pricing dynamics further, it has shone a spotlight on the security of energy supply across Europe and the world, and the geopolitical hazards associated with our current energy sourcing. This has in turn given a long overdue injection of impetus to alternative future fuels such as green hydrogen.

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