When considering my view on hydrogen in 2022, it’s probably much the same as many others. A game-changing year in policy and investment; a year of more mega-project announcements, more Hydrogen Council members, and more infrastructure roll-out; a year of great sadness that it seemed to take a war in Europe to accelerate the continent’s shift to green energy security.
What I’ve personally found very interesting this year, however, is the evolving narrative in hydrogen and the renewed clarity in the direction of travel ahead – both of which underpin my view on 2023 too.
We seem to be re-awakening to the fact that blue hydrogen has a fundamental role to play in this energy transition, and we have to grapple with how we go about that; it’s not something that sits easily for the purist, or those that believe we will become divergent and less urgent by following a twin-track approach. I’ve found it interesting how the narrative has changed in recent months in particular – the term ‘blue’ hydrogen appears to be disappearing into the background as references to ‘low-carbon’ hydrogen come to the fore, and there appears to be a pragmatic concession that this low-carbon hydrogen will be required to get us to that pure play green hydrogen fuelled-future.
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