In the ongoing energy transition, renewable electricity takes center stage and electrification is one of the transition’s metatrends. However, 80% of total final energy demand by end users today is for carbon-containing fuels, not electricity. In global efforts to decarbonise the economy, even if electricity use grows to an expected 50% until 2050, we need to find a solution for sectors that are difficult to electrify including aviation, shipping, iron and steel production, chemicals, high-temperature industrial heat, long-distance and long-haul road transport and heat for buildings. Hydrogen is one of the few options for reducing these hard-to-abate emissions because it can be stored, combusted and combined in chemical reactions in ways that are similar to natural gas, oil and coal. Hydrogen made from solar, wind and water in an electrolyser is therefore sometimes called the “final fuel”.
“Hydrogen: Bridging Sectors and Regions” is organised within the 24th World Energy Congress as a side event on Tuesday 10 September 2019 and will address new perspectives on ongoing low-carbon hydrogen initiatives, provide insights on cutting-edge technology developments, address systems aspects including safety and will inform the debate on hydrogen’s future role in global energy markets. High-level international experts will present their work and will exchange views in interactive moderated panels.
The event is organised by EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network in collaboration with Hydrogen Europe, the Center for Hydrogen Safety, the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy, and Dii.