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Driving Toward a Hydrogen-based Economy

By Paul Grad |

Technology developments are progressing towards large-scale production of ‘green’ hydrogen, along with improved methods for storage and transportation The world has an important opportunity to tap into hydrogen’s vast potential to become a critical part of a more sustainable and secure energy future,” according to an in-depth study launched by the International Energy Agency (IEA; Paris, France; www.iea.org) on the occasion of the meeting of G20 energy and environment ministers in Karuizawa, Japan, on June 15–16. “Clean hydrogen is currently receiving strong support from government and businesses around the world, with the number of policies and projects expanding rapidly,” the study says. Titled The Future of Hydrogen: Seizing Today’s Opportunities, and launched by the IEA’s executive director Fatih Birol, and Japan’s minister of economy, trade and industry Hiroshige Seko, the study says hydrogen offers ways to decarbonize a range of sectors, including chemicals manufacturing and iron and steel production, and it can be transformed into fuels for cars, trucks, trains, ships and aircraft. “The world should not miss this unique chance to make hydrogen an important part of our clean and secure energy future,”…
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