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Regulatory developments & standards

Some regulations currently limit the development of a clean hydrogen industry so the event will tackle what it will take to achieve the 2050 long term climate change strategy with hydrogen, which barriers to hydrogen deployment need to be removed and which incentives need to be put in place.

Hydrogen demand & global economics

Whilst hydrogen supply is often discussed, demand is less so. We will be analysing how big the hydrogen market really can be and what will drive world demand growth and how it might be priced. Understanding the global hydrogen economics is key are well in terms of where the tipping point is for investment flows into different regions.

Production
 

Producing hydrogen from low-carbon energy is currently quite costly. We will be discussing what it will take for the declining of costs of renewables and the scaling up of hydrogen production. Also how refuelling equipment and electrolysers could all benefit from mass manufacturing to bring costs down.

 

Transportation, distribution & storage

Hydrogen in the gas grid

Decarbonising the gas grid and maritime transportation are the next frontiers of energy transition. Whilst there are many projects around the world (some of which we will be showcasing) that are examining the possibility of using existing natural gas infrastructure to deliver hydrogen to end users, to what extent are existing pipes suitable for hydrogen? What regulatory & technical hurdles need to be overcome?

Maritime transportation

With roughly ninety percent of the world's goods transported by sea there are steps for developing hydrogen-powered fuel cells for ship propulsion in order to reduce air pollutants and noise emissions. In the shipping industry diesel engines are used almost exclusively today and as in aviation, fuel cells are currently being tested as energy providers for the on-board power supply. However the use of hydrogen-powered fuel cells for ship propulsion is still at an early design or trial phase.

Blue hydrogen & CCUS

There has been a growing recognition of the importance of CCUS technologies in contributing towards energy and climate goals. However investment has fallen behind that of many other clean energy solutions. Policy support is critical for securing investing in CCUS. We will discuss the commercial viability of blue hydrogen and innovative technology alongside the range of policy options available.

 

Refuelling infrastructure
 

The development of hydrogen infrastructure is relatively slow and therefore holding back widespread adoption. Hydrogen prices for consumers depend on the number of refuelling stations and how often they are used. WHC discusses the need for investment, planning and coordination between industry stakeholders, debating the obstacles that need to be overcome.

Encouraging investment in the hydrogen economy

If the industry can scale up hydrogen in a co-ordinated way then this will encourage further investment in the hydrogen market. Business models are changing to enable a long term focus on energy transition but what will it take to lock in investors? The industry needs a better understanding of the political & insurance risk that impacts finance decisions alongside putting a project together.

Mobility

 

Making hydrogen fuelled transport a global reality has a huge amount of momentum at the moment, with steps in place to expand hydrogen in transport through fleets & freight. However the need to confirm the technical and commercial readiness of vehicles, fuelling stations and hydrogen production techniques is still paramount. We will address this and other issues alongside interviews with leading OEMs. Planes, trains, buses, trucks, cars & ports are all on the table!

Industry

 

Nealy 70 million tonnes of hydrogen is used today, notably in oil refining and chemical production. This hydrogen is currently produced from fossil fuels, with significant associated CO2 emissions. Hydrogen is also used in several industrial processes. However hydrogen use in refineries has increased in recent years for several different reasons from the strict regulations that require low sulphur in diesel to the increased consumption of low quality ‘heavy’ crude oil.