Hydrogen: An Energy Transition Work in Progress

The role of hydrogen in the world’s clean energy future depends on its ability to overcome challenges including cost, scale and demand, experts say.


Canada and the U.S. are among the countries that have unveiled hydrogen strategies. Others include Chile, Germany, Norway and Spain. (Source: Shutterstock.com)

HOUSTON—As emissions rise with growing industrial activity and populations, energy regulators say it is time to stop talking about hydrogen and start acting on steps needed to make development and production of the clean energy source at scale a reality

“Leaders around the world—not just from the government side but from the private sector side—have put net-zero commitments on the table. The challenge is what are we doing in the near term?” said David Turk, deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), after referring to the latest report by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. “Are we doing enough in the near term to be able to get us on a trajectory to be successful to those net-zero goals by 2050? The short answer is no. We’re not doing enough.”

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Velda Addison

Velda Addison is the senior editor of digital media for Hart Energy’s editorial team. She covers energy with a focus on renewables.