Takeaways From H2View’s Hydrogen Summit

July 21, 2022

Key Takeaways from H2View’s North American Hydrogen Summit 2022

The H2View North American Hydrogen Summit 2022 was held on July 14-15, 2022 in San Francisco, California. This year’s topic was “Building Bridges: Hydrogen Hubs and Investment.” GenH2 was a headline sponsor of the event, hosted by H2View in partnership with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP). GenH2 Founder & CEO Cody Bateman moderated the “Fueling the Mobility Market” session and also gave the closing presentation at the Networking Dinner, where he spoke about “The Production and Storage of Liquid Hydrogen,” wrapping up the two-day event.

“The North American Hydrogen Summit was a more intimate conference,” said Bateman. “And the quality of the show exceeded expectations by far.” According to Bateman, the attendees were a mix of Investors, End Users, B2B Vendors, and Policy Influencers, and unlike most conferences that taper off as the event comes to an end, this summit retained its audience.

“There is a real push to do more testing with Liquid Hydrogen,” added Bateman. “There were several investors new to the Hydrogen Economy engaging with companies like ours. You could see the lightbulbs appear above their heads as they began to understand the market potential. It was really exciting.

Technology breakthroughs in the production and storage of hydrogen, including innovative new ways of storing and transporting Liquid Hydrogen and producing H2 with zero CO2 emissions, were also showcased at the summit. According to Bateman, there is push to test Liquid Hydrogen onboard vehicles and aircraft. The testing centers around determining the maximum range these methods of transportation can achieve, which are expected to far exceed the range of those which are currently using traditional sources of fuel.

Much of the discussion also centered around where the next Hydrogen hubs will be located in the United States, with much debate surrounding where they should be and why.  In November 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Included within this is $8bn of funding to create at least four regional hubs to demonstrate the production, processing, delivery, storage and end-use of clean hydrogen – although at the conference it was rumored that there will be more like 6-10 approved in the near future. These hubs will turbo-charge the nation’s progress toward heavy trucking and industrial sectors that run without producing carbon pollution – and provide the path forward to a hydrogen-fueled future.

“The Department of Energy’s selection of hydrogen hubs is key, but now the real challenge is to put critical infrastructure in place,” said Bateman. “As an industry, we are at risk of doing too little, too late if we don’t address the big picture surrounding infrastructure immediately. Now is the opportunity for the U.S. to move ahead in the global hydrogen race.”

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