In the USA, eleven companies have formed a coalition called Hydrogen Forward, focused on advancing hydrogen development across the country. Founding members include mighty players.
Certainly a group with clout, the founding members are Air Liquide, Anglo American, Bloom Energy, CF Industries, Chart Industries, Cummins Inc., Hyundai, Linde, McDermott, Shell and Toyota.
The companies in the coalition are all involved in the hydrogen economy from source to service and across the bandwidth of industrial, transport and power generation sectors. These companies see a lack of policy support for hydrogen in the US, which they say is derailing their decarbonisation efforts and inhibiting economic growth and important technology.
The coalition points out that while Europe and East Asia have a number of cross-sector hydrogen policies, the US is now the only market of its size without a national hydrogen strategy. Hydrogen Forward writes in their founding announcement that: “A comprehensive approach is critical because it provides a much-needed framework to enable fast, large-scale adoption.”
Tom Linebarger, chairman and CEO of Cummins Inc. “There has never been a better time for governments and businesses around the world to invest in hydrogen technologies and infrastructure. As our society recovers from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have a unique opportunity to rebuild our economy by investing in hydrogen solutions to drive economic growth, create jobs, and shape the future of energy and transportation.”
Hydrogen Forward coalition aims to support policies that accelerate the energy transition, enable the US to engage more with energy and climate leadership, and above all, want to “establish a clear, comprehensive strategy for hydrogen and related infrastructure development.”