Hydrogen Economy – Key Disruptive Forces for Global Transition to Sustainable Energy

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Hydrogen Economy Market Report Overview

The hydrogen economy boom is backed by the global need for sustainable energy. Hydrogen is anticipated to be a game changer in the global transition to sustainable energy by offering fuel cells, alternative propulsion systems, and renewable power. The major drivers of the hydrogen economy include zero carbon emissions, declining production costs, and substitute products.

Producing hydrogen from renewable energy sources enables large-scale decarbonization.  Hydrogen fuel cells provide instantaneous power generation and resolve demand response problems by acting as a power source as well as reserve energy for months.

The Hydrogen Economy FutureTech Series report categorizes key innovation areas in hydrogen as emerging, accelerating, and maturing based on their rate of growth in innovation. It also casts light on patent grants, major geographies, top players, and recent developments in emerging innovation areas.

Major Drivers Zero Carbon Emissions, Declining Production Costs, And Substitute Product
Key Sectors Power & Utilities, Oil & Gas, Technology, Construction, Industrial Goods & Machinery, Automotive, Chemicals, Mining, Consumer, and Transportation, Infrastructure, And Logistics
Emerging Innovation Areas Microbial Biomass Hydrogen, Metal Hydride Hydrogen Storage, Hydrogen Blending, Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC), Hydrogen ICE, Proton-Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cells, Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC), Hydrogen-Based E-Fuels, Hydrogen-Powered Aircraft, and Hydrogen Storage Graphene Nanocrystals
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Key Sectors Impacted by Hydrogen Economy

Some of the key sectors in the hydrogen economy by volumes in the news, deals and company filings are power & utilities, oil & gas, technology, construction, industrial goods & machinery, automotive, chemicals, mining, consumer, and transportation, infrastructure, and logistics.

Innovation Area Definitions and Patent Trends

Emerging: Proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell consists of a proton-conducting polymer membrane between two Pt-impregnated porous electrodes which directly convert the chemical energy of fuels to electricity with high efficiency and low greenhouse gas emission.

Accelerating: Hydrogen fuel cells produce electricity by combining hydrogen and oxygen atoms. The hydrogen reacts with oxygen across an electrochemical cell like a battery that produces electricity, water, and small amounts of heat.

Maturing: Gasification is a process that converts biomass or fossil fuel-based carbonaceous materials into gases. It includes the largest fractions: nitrogen (N2), carbon monoxide (CO), hydrogen (H2), and carbon dioxide (CO2). This is achieved by reacting the feedstock material at high temperatures (typically >700 °C), without combustion.

Emerging, Accelerating, and Maturing Innovation Areas with Disruptive Potential in Hydrogen

Emerging, Accelerating, and Maturing Innovation Areas with Disruptive Potential in Hydrogen

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Emerging Innovation Areas in Hydrogen

The emerging innovation areas in hydrogen are microbial biomass hydrogen, metal hydride hydrogen storage, hydrogen blending, liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC), hydrogen ICE, proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells, solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC), hydrogen-based e-fuels, hydrogen-powered aircraft, and hydrogen storage graphene nanocrystals.

Microbial Biomass Hydrogen: Hydrogen produced by microbial biomass conversion mitigates dependency on fossil fuels, reduces carbon emissions, and enables the reuse of biomass waste.

Metal Hydride Hydrogen Storage: Metal hydrides have a lower weight and less volume than compressed and liquid hydrogen options, thereby enabling the release of hydrogen at relatively lower temperatures and pressures.

Hydrogen Blending: Blending hydrogen into the existing gas grids provides a quick and affordable transitional solution to handle the lack of an immediately available dedicated hydrogen infrastructure. It also provides the option of having access to renewable and low-carbon energy for all gas consumers connected to the gas network.

Scope

  • Key disruptive forces in hydrogen – presents the major drivers, trends, top sectors adopting hydrogen, and emerging, accelerating, and maturing innovation areas with disruptive potential in hydrogen.
  • Emerging innovation areas – overview of select emerging innovation areas to capture their disruptive potential, innovation drivers, recent developments, patents trends, and top players.
  • Outlook – hydrogen technology innovation intensity (TII) forecast till 2025 vs an average of 35 trending technologies.

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Canon
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ENEOS
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GE
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IBM
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Intelligent Energy
Japan Steel Works
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Kia
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KPIT Technologies
Kyocera
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McPhy Energy
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Naval
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Shell
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TOTO
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Key disruptive forces in hydrogen – major drivers, trends, top sectors adopting hydrogen, S curve highlighting the emerging, accelerating, and maturing innovation areas, 3-year vs 1-year growth in patent grants for innovation areas, and innovation areas definitions, patent grants trend, and major patent filers.

2. Emerging innovation areas – the disruptive potential of key innovation areas as highlighted by the underlying data signals involving patents, innovation drivers, recent developments, and top players.

3. Outlook – hydrogen technology innovation intensity (TII) forecast vs average of 35 technologies.

Frequently asked questions

  • What are the major drivers of the hydrogen economy?

    The major drivers of the hydrogen economy include zero carbon emissions, declining production costs, and substitute product.

  • What are some of the key sectors that have been impacted by the hydrogen economy?

    Some of the key sectors in the hydrogen economy by volumes are power & utilities, oil & gas, technology, construction, industrial goods & machinery, automotive, chemicals, mining, consumer, and transportation, infrastructure, and logistics.

  • What are the emerging innovation areas in hydrogen?

    The emerging innovation areas in hydrogen are microbial biomass hydrogen, metal hydride hydrogen storage, hydrogen blending, liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC), hydrogen ICE, proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells, solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC), hydrogen-based e-fuels, hydrogen-powered aircraft, and hydrogen storage graphene nanocrystals.

  • What is the purpose of hydrogen blending?

    Blending hydrogen into the existing gas grids provides a quick and affordable transitional solution to handle the lack of an immediately available dedicated hydrogen infrastructure and provides the option of having access to renewable and low-carbon energy for all gas consumers connected to the gas network.

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