International Hydrogen Projects Databases
There are several publicly available databases or sources of information on international hydrogen projects (or related information).
International Energy Agency (IEA)
The IEA has produced a dataset to track advances in low-carbon hydrogen technology. The dataset is intended to cover all projects commissioned worldwide since 2000 (to produce hydrogen for energy or climate change mitigation purposes). It includes projects where the objective is either to reduce emissions associated with producing hydrogen for existing applications, or to use hydrogen as an energy carrier or industrial feedstock in new applications that have the potential to be a low-carbon technology. Projects in planning or construction are also included. The projects dataset is in the form of a spreadsheet which contains basic data on the project (name, country, status, technology, end-use, installed capacity, etc.).
Complementary to the above dataset, the IEA also produces a Hydrogen webpage under its Fuels and Technologies banner heading. This site presents recent reports and commentaries on global developments in hydrogen technologies.
The Hydrogen TCP was founded in 1977 and works to accelerate hydrogen implementation and utilisation in the areas of production, storage, distribution, power, heating, mobility and industry. Its priorities and work programs are explained in the Hydrogen TCP brochure.
Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking and Mission Innovation
The Hydrogen Valley Platform was launched in January 2021.
Mission Innovation is a global initiative of 24 countries and the European Commission (on behalf of the European Union) working to accelerate global clean energy innovation. The Mission Innovation Hydrogen Valley Platform has been developed under the framework of Mission Innovation’s “Renewable and Clean Hydrogen” Innovation Challenge, the objective of which is to accelerate the development of a global hydrogen market by identifying and overcoming key technology barriers to the production, distribution, storage, and use of hydrogen at gigawatt scale. The Innovation Challenge is co-led by Australia, Germany and the European Commission and has more than ten participating member countries.
The intention of the Hydrogen Valley Platform is the creation of a global collaboration and go-to-platform for information on large-scale hydrogen flagship projects. The Platform provides access to (a) Individual project profiles for the participating projects, (b) aggregated analysis on key project development considerations based on a comprehensive survey of participating projects, and (c) recent literature and best practice insights as well as links to other platforms.
Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU)
The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is a public private partnership supporting research, technology development and demonstration activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe. The three members of the FCH JU are the European Commission, fuel cell and hydrogen industries represented by Hydrogen Europe and the research community represented by Hydrogen Europe Research.
The FCH JU Projects website presents the various initiatives, projects and published studies that bear on the introduction of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies.
CORDIS is the primary source of information on European Union (EU) funded projects since 1990. Results for ‘hydrogen energy’, for example, when searched for in the edit query box can then be streamlined through use of the various filters on the left hand side (e.g. Collection, Programme, Field of Science, etc).
National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW) – Germany
The founding mission of NOW is the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology. The portfolio of activities is focussed on clean, efficient mobility based on renewable energies, including in the areas of hydrogen, fuel cells, batteries and liquid gas, both in terms of drives and fuels, as well as on the infrastructure side.
The NOW Project Finder provides a geographic overview and filtering of its publicly-funded projects in Germany, including hydrogen-related. The NOW website also includes a companion Knowledge Finder database containing relevant reports and infographics.
S&P Global has produced an Atlas of Energy Transition covering a range of low-carbon / sustainable commodity markets of the future, including hydrogen. The hydrogen ‘transition map’ includes a geographic location map of ‘grey’ and ‘low and zero-carbon’ hydrogen facilities globally, as well as information on hydrogen refuelling stations and key policy developments globally.
Fuel Cell Electric Buses
The Fuel Cell Electric Buses Knowledge Base focusses on the application of fuel cells and hydrogen in (primarily) city buses in Europe. It provides a compendium of projects (including map locations), publications, latest news and knowledge sharing materials about fuel cell electric buses and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in Europe.
HyLaw Online Database
The HyLaw ‘project’ began in January 2017 and ran until December 2018 (and received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking). The ‘project’ was focussed on legal / regulatory matters impacting the deployment of fuel cells and hydrogen applications in Europe. The HyLaw website includes (a) a database on legal and administrative processes across a range of European countries impacting a number of hydrogen applications, (b) national policy papers on the ‘state of play’ of the hydrogen regulatory environment in many European countries, (c) an EU policy paper, and (d) a range of analytical reports and position papers.
California Fuel Cell Partnership
The California Fuel Cell Partnership is an industry/government collaboration aimed at expanding the market for fuel cell electric vehicles powered by hydrogen. Its site contains resources and other information on the deployment of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles in California especially, including the report 2020 Annual Evaluation of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Deployment & Hydrogen Fuel Station Network Development prepared by the California Air Resources Board.
United States Department of Energy (US DOE) Hydrogen Program
The US DOE Hydrogen Program, led by the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, conducts R&D in hydrogen production, delivery, infrastructure, storage, fuel cells, and multiple end uses across transportation, industrial, and stationary power applications. The program also includes activities in technology validation, manufacturing, analysis, systems development and integration, safety, codes and standards, education, and workforce development.
The Hydrogen Program website provides a comprehensive menu of information of hydrogen program areas/activities, news and features, key documents, as well as a full library of reports, presentations, etc. and links to other agency and laboratory websites (both in the US and international).
The Hydrogen Council is a CEO-led initiative of leading global companies with a long-term ambition for hydrogen to help foster a clean energy transition. Its website does not contain a specific projects database though recent reports have focussed on hydrogen decarbonisation pathways and large-scale project momentum into 2021.
Review date: April 2021