The proprietary map from Pillsbury law – the first major law firm to launch a dedicated hydrogen practice – is available at www.thehydrogenmap.com and already tracks over 200 blue and green hydrogen projects worldwide.
Notable findings include:
- While57 hydrogen projects (26% of those tracked) are currently operational, 58 others will be in development by the end of 2021, and construction of another 92 is scheduled to begin in the next decade.
- Global growth is thus far being driven by Western Europe and Asia Pacific, with these regions accounting for more than 83% of knownlow-carbon hydrogen projects, but Hydrogen projects in the U.S. are on the rise.
- Green hydrogen projects—which generate hydrogen using zero-carbon sources such as renewables or nuclear power—currently dominate the market, with52 operational projects
- A hydrogen production facility being built at theTabangao refinery in Batangas, Philippines is slated to be the first to generate blue hydrogen, in which hydrogen is produced using fossil-fueled sources but the resulting carbon emissions are captured, stored or reused.
“Low carbon hydrogen and ammonia production is the key to decarbonizing the hard-to-decarbonize sectors like transportation, industry and buildings”, said Pillsbury energy partner and Deputy Energy Industry Group leader Elina Teplinsky. “This map will be a helpful tool for a broad audience of policy makers, industry participants and investors, sustainability analysts, advocates and journalists tracking the development of low-carbon hydrogen projects and encourage dialog between those parties to further accelerate adoption of this transformational technology.”
“With governments and enterprises worldwide increasingly prioritizing decarbonization goals, we are laser-focused on helping clients capitalize on the enormous opportunities that the ongoing energy transition presents,” said partner Sheila Harvey, who serves as firmwide Energy Industry Group leader at Pillsbury and co-leads the firm’s Hydrogen practice.
Hydrogen practice group co-leader Mona Dajani, who also heads the firm’s Energy & Infrastructure Projects and Renewable Energy teams, adds: “Demand for energy is driving significant innovation in the hydrogen space. Green hydrogen projects, which combine renewable power sources with hydrogen production, are unlocking new possibilities for regions previously constrained by weak grid connections and transmission bottlenecks and marking a crucial step in the development of the green hydrogen business case.”