Keeping up with China, reacting to the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), and ensuring the UK develops technology and policy to compete with rising competition were just some of the key takeaways from the Make Hydrogen Happen panel discussion at the London Science Museum today.
Hydrogen’s global popularity, coupled with its divergent pace of growth and varying policies, has made it more fragmented, placing more onus on committed policymaking, communication and collaboration. The panel discussion marked the opening of the two-day ‘Making Hydrogen Happen: An Ecosystem for Green Hydrogen’ event which is being held across the museum’s fourth and fifth floors, and will discuss all aspects of the hydrogen value chain.
Turning firstly to the UK, Dr Michaela Kendall, CEO of Adelan and UK Hydrogen Champion at Mission Innovation (BEIS), said, “The reason hydrogen fuel cells haven’t taken off is because we don’t have a strong strategy at the moment. We’ve very keen to focus on developing hydrogen technologies, where we have this incredible innovative ecosystem that could be switched on.
“It’s all about economies of scale at the moment – it’s not about technologies not working properly – and democratising that technology funding which hasn’t happened yet. It’s going to be a very competitive race so the sooner you start, the more successful you are.”
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