Mission Innovation – a coalition of 22 governments working to accelerate the clean energy revolution – yesterday announced the launch of the “Hydrogen Innovation Challenge” aiming to reduce costs along the value chain and further expand the deployment of hydrogen (H2).

Innovation Challenges are global calls to action in areas which Mission Innovation members believe could make a significant contribution to climate action efforts. It will bring together researchers, innovators and industry to scale up the global H2 supply chain. Led by Australia, Germany and the European Union, other members include China, Japan, India, Saudi Arabia, France, Italy, Norway, UK, Canada and the USA.

“In coming months, researchers, industry and governments will come together to pinpoint the places in the global value chain where significant cost reductions can be achieved through technical breakthroughs. Collaborations will be formed around these issues, and researchers and industry will work together to solve these problems,” explained Mission Innovation Secretary, Sharon Kearney. 

She added, “We welcome participation from industry, innovators and the research sphere, please make contact via the Mission Innovation website in the first instance.”

Hydrogen Council Co-Chairman and Hyundai Motor Company Vice Chairman, Dr. Woong-chul Yang, added, “I am proud to support the announcement of the Hydrogen Innovation Challenge. The initiative further promotes international collaborations, and can add new value and foster further improvements within the already established H2 value chain.”

The Hydrogen Council today joined the 9th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) co-hosted by Denmark and Sweden – the first such recognition for the group and the technology at multilateral government level.

Dr. Yang, along with the Hydrogen Council Initiative Secretary, Pierre-Etienne Franc, attended roundtables hosted by both Mission Innovation and CEM respectively, alongside high-level actors from international governments, organisations and businesses.

“We are witnessing a crucial moment for H2,” said Yang. “Governments are recognising the key role H2 can play in decarbonisation and investors the value it can bring worldwide. The critical mass of support needed to drive scale deployment of the value chain is becoming a reality. On our side, industry is committed to growing and deploying H2 solutions while continuing to innovate the technology.”

Further cementing H2’s recognition in this prestigious international setting, Franc today joined a CEM roundtable. A unique partnership of the world’s key economies working together to accelerate the global clean energy transition, the CEM hosted a high-level Public–Private Roundtable: Innovative Solutions for Managing Energy Use and Emissions from Industry, to discuss innovative technologies and approaches to further reduce the energy and emissions intensity of industrial processes.

Held under Chatham House rules, Franc said of the meeting, “The recognition of H2 as a systemic enabler of the energy transition continues to grow. To meet Paris Agreement commitments, the time to scale up deployment is now. Government roadmaps and policies are already embedding H2 more deeply than ever before, collaboration across stakeholder groups will pave the way to making this a reality.”