On 4th August 2022, took place the “Clean Hydrogen Mission Workshop on R&I: Opportunities, Challenges and Way Ahead”, organized by the Clean Hydrogen Mission.

Through this workshop, Mission Innovation aims to develop a shared understanding of the existing landscape, to stimulate knowledge exchange, and strategically steer the Mission’s activities through to the next stage. They also aim to identify the needs and barriers facing the rapid deployment of technology and innovation in clean hydrogen across the entire clean hydrogen value chain.

To start the session, Madhu Madhavi, Clean Hydrogen Mission UK Lead, gave an introduction about the Clean Hydrogen Mission.

Herib Blanco, a Hydrogen Analyst from IRENA, presented “Cost Reduction Potential for clean hydrogen”. He highlighted four strategies to reduce electrolyzer costs tracking different aspects such as innovation (with the importance of design and materials), scaling up manufacturing, scale up modules, and learning by doing.

Paul Lucchese, IEA Hydrogen TCP Chair presented “Analysis of main challenges for rapid H2 deployment”.  He stood out the importance of the Hydrogen TCP with its experience in R&D, the network of proactive Member States on hydrogen with the capability to mobilize hundreds of experts from around the world for a permanent effort over 3-4 years at a time and the fact that it covers the whole value chain.

Paul Lucchese, Hydrogen TCP Chair

Then, Vicky Au, Acting Mission Lead from CSIRO Hydrogen Industry Mission. She presented “A global overview of Hydrogen RD&D”. On one hand, she presented CSIRO’s organization and its objectives and pillars. On the other hand, Dan O’Sullivan, Program Manager presented the International Hydrogen Research Collaboration. International collaboration will help to avoid duplication of effort, to leverage existing capability, infrastructure and talent, it will help with poor capital and risks and support international relationship building.

Daria Nochevnik, Director of Policy & Partnerships, from the Hydrogen Council presented a “Global industry perspective”. She presented the Hydrogen Council goals and objectives, as well as the investment necessary to accelerate hydrogen production. She also highlighted the importance of hydrogen certification as puzzle solving. From Hydrogen Council they are working on various international partners initiatives, as there is a Task in Definition (TiD) on Hydrogen Certification at the Hydrogen TCP.

Bob Sorrell, Technology and Policy Advisor from the Henry Royce Institute presented “Hydrogen Testing and Production Blueprint: Gap Analysis and Next step”. The Henry Royce Institute identified areas to build on and gaps to address in the R&D production landscape in the UK.

After this session, Madhu announced that Mission Innovation is launching two new working groups and is currently inviting interested parties to join.