Earlier this month, Reuters Events partnered with The Hydrogen Council to host “The Global Hydrogen Economy:Fueling a Low-Carbon Future,” a live webinar and podcast exploring the evolving role of hydrogen in the global energy mix. The event took the form of a wide-ranging panel discussion moderated by Owen Rolt, Head of Energy Transition at Reuters Events. Featured panelists included Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh, as well as Air Liquide VP of Hydrogen Energy Pierre-Étienne Franc and Hyundai Motor Company SVP, Head of Fuel Cell Centre Sae Hoon Kim—both of whom also serve as co-secretaries on the Hydrogen Council. The hour-long conversation represented the final installment of the Reuters Events energy transition podcast series.
Held on Thursday, May 7, the Reuters Events webinar tackled a diverse set of topics in the world of hydrogen energy. Panelists provided the Reuters Events audience with insights on everything from the recent international buzz surrounding hydrogen-powered solutions to the numerous ways in which fuel cell technology is becoming increasingly competitive in terms of both cost and efficiency. The discussion also turned to the future, exploring various strategies for enabling the energy transition with help from governments, corporations, and the investor community.
Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh delivered a unique perspective on the panel thanks to his extensive knowledge of hydrogen’s role in the global supply chain, as well as his experience building hydrogen infrastructure that is working today, to better service Plug Power customers. His opening remarks comprised a brief overview of Plug Power’s history, beginning with the Company’s transition to focusing its efforts on hydrogen-powered forklifts in high throughput distribution centers and manufacturing facilities. He then explained how the company grew from those beginnings to become a powerful force in the hydrogen economy, with Plug Power products consuming as much as 9% of all liquid hydrogen in the U.S.
As the conversation progressed, many of Marsh’s later comments highlighted the ways in which green hydrogen technology has quickly advanced to become competitive with traditional combustion engines, battery power technology, and even hydrogen fuel produced using hydrocarbons and high-emission industrial processes. As he remarked toward the end of the discussion:“I believe with scale, volume, and government support now, ultimately the base costs of hydrogen fuel cells and hydrogen vehicles will be lower than the traditional technologies today. I’ve seen that innovation in my lifetime, and we’re going through it again.”
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