A hydrogen economy in the future – how and when?
A large-scale sustainable hydrogen roll-out is required for a hydrogen economy. How can we achieve this? And when?
Hydrogen has potential as sustainable energy carrier and feedstock in the industry, transport sector and heating of the built environment. Moreover, hydrogen may play an important role in system integration as increased flexibility is required to keep the grid stable. As part of the energy transition, demand for energy is being electrified, while the share of renewable energy on the supply side is steadily increasing.
Due to these immense developments in the energy system, balancing energy supply and demand across space and time becomes even more challenging. Hydrogen can play an important role in sector coupling of the electricity and gas grids, thereby stabilizing the system as a whole.
Melissa Stark, Global Renewables Lead at Accenture, Noé van Hulst, Hydrogen Envoy at the Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy, and René Schutte, Program Manager Hydrogen at Gasunie, discuss the role that hydrogen may play in our future energy system. Especially, green and blue hydrogen are discussed, as well as the timing and scaling of a hydrogen market and possible regulatory changes to stimulate a hydrogen economy.