Most hydrogen trade ‘will be regional’

Most hydrogen trade will be at a regional level with only around a third shipped around the world, according to IRENA Deputy General Gauri Singh.

Speaking in the Green Hydrogen Summit at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, she said, “If you look at how hydrogen is produced and consumed currently, it’s pretty much local. Our estimations show that if you have distances up to 1,500km then maybe pipelines are the way to go, but longer distances would need shipping.

“Chile is having many discussions about exporting green hydrogen – but keep in mind the distance between Chile and Japan is about 17,000km, so our sense is that it will be more at a regional level, with around one-third shipped.”

Catherine Stewart, Ambassador for Climate Change, Canada, said it is well placed to capitalise on hydrogen, three years on from the launch of its hydrogen strategy. “But on the domestic side, there’s so much that we still need to do to advance the technology around hydrogen. We also need to talk about transportation, what innovations are required in terms of exporting, and research and development.”

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