Hydrogen technology is now reaping the benefits of unprecedented political and business momentum, with many strategies, policies, and hydrogen projects worldwide expanding swiftly. In the mining sector hydrogen is forming part of many miners decarbonization pathways, either as carbon-free fuel to displace diesel in heavy equipment, such as haul trucks and trains, or to generate electricity to power processing plant, with testing already underway and the potential for it to be used more widely before the end of the decade.

What are the key production methods of hydrogen?

The key production methods of hydrogen are steam methane reforming, coal gasification, and electrolysis.

Steam methane reforming

Steam Methane Reforming (SMR) is a process used to produce hydrogen on a large scale in the gas manufacturing industry. In the SMR process, high-temperature steam is used to convert methane, such as natural gas, into pure hydrogen, carbon monoxide, and a relatively small amount of carbon dioxide. The hydrogen produced is purified to quality as per the customer’s specifications. Thanks to the technology’s maturity and advanced research and utilization, SMR is the most common and economical way to produce hydrogen.

Coal gasification

Coal gasification is a process that is used to turn brown coal, which contains a high percentage of oxygen and hydrogen, into hydrogen.

In the mid-nineteenth century, coal gasification was used to produce town gas, which was used for local heating, lighting, and cooking. Most of these purposes are now met by natural gas. Gasification converts fuel or waste into a combustible gas mixture through partial oxidation at very high temperatures.


Electrolysis produces hydrogen by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen through the application of electricity and it has attracted significant attention due to its potential as a sustainable production process. The electrolysis process was first used commercially in 1890 and although the electrolysis market is currently very small, it is expected to record fast growth in the future. This reaction takes place in a unit called an electrolyzer, which consists of an anode and a cathode separated by an electrolyte. The process of electrolysis takes place at room temperature.

Which are the key technology trends of hydrogen in the mining industry?

The key technology trends of hydrogen in the mining industry are electrolyzers – first step towards clean hydrogen production, hydrogen energy storage, renewable technology improvements, growing carbon capture and storage (CCS) deployment, and waste to hydrogen tech.

Which are the key macroeconomic trends of hydrogen in the mining industry?

The key macroeconomic trends of hydrogen in the mining industry are hydrogen cost – a barrier, focusing on costs across the transportation sector, increased flexibility, and hydrogen import-export partnerships on the rise.

Which is the key regulatory trend of hydrogen in the mining industry?

The key regulatory trend of hydrogen in the mining industry is hydrogen adoption strategies across different countries.

Hydrogen offers a potential solution to many countries for restructuring their future energy demand as well as decarbonization bids. Some of the major economies in the world have begun to address this potential by forming energy strategies outlining the hydrogen economy in their respective countries. The plans to realize a hydrogen economy encompass production methods, storage and distribution systems, development of potential sectors that would utilize hydrogen fuel, necessary investment plans, and supporting regulatory framework.

Which are the key mining companies associated with the hydrogen theme?

The key players in the hydrogen mining industry are Anglo American, Fortescue Metals Group, BHP, Rio Tinto, ArcelorMittal, Australian Vanadium, Glencore, Ivanhoe Mines, Macarthur Minerals, and Province Resource Ltd.

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Market report scope

Key hydrogen production methods Steam Methane Reforming, Coal Gasification, and Electrolysis
Key technology trends Electrolyzers – First Step Towards Clean Hydrogen Production, Hydrogen Energy Storage, Renewable Technology Improvements, Growing Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Deployment, and Waste to Hydrogen Tech
Key macroeconomic trends Hydrogen Cost – A Barrier, Focusing on Costs Across the Transportation Sector, Increased Flexibility, and Hydrogen Import-Export Partnerships on the Rise
Key regulatory trend Hydrogen Adoption Strategies Across Different Countries
Key mining companies Anglo American, Fortescue Metals Group, BHP, Rio Tinto, ArcelorMittal, Australian Vanadium, Glencore, Ivanhoe Mines, Macarthur Minerals, and Province Resource Ltd


  • The report contains an overview of the Hydrogen in mining industry including hydrogen production and transportation, as well as hydrogen application technologies in the mining industry.
  • It provides detailed information on technological, macroeconomic, and regulatory developments, demand analysis, capacity outlook, production cost by technology, mergers and acquisitions, and a value chain.

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Key Players

Anglo America, Fortescue Metals Group, BHP, Rio Tinto, ArcelorMittal, Australian Vanadium, Glencore, Ivanhoe Mines, Macarthur Minerals, Province Resource Ltd

Table of Contents

Executive Summary


Technology Briefing

Production of hydrogen

Transportation of hydrogen

Application technologies


Technology trends

Macroeconomic trends

Regulatory trends

Industry Analysis

Global pure hydrogen demand analysis

Hydrogen demand across key industries

Low-carbon hydrogen capacity outlook

Hydrogen production cost by technology

Mergers and acquisitions


Value Chain

Energy source


Transportation, storage, and distribution

End use



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