Hydrogen Forward is a joint initiative of 11 companies committed to advancing hydrogen for a cleaner, stronger U.S....
Hydrogen Forward is a coalition of companies and organizations across the hydrogen value chain that are working to ensure hydrogen is a key contributing solution in the energy transition. The coalition works in concert with allies across industries and sectors to educate decisionmakers and stakeholders on the value hydrogen delivers today and the important role that it should play in our future.
Facts: Hydrogen, or H2, is the most abundant element in the universe. Because it does not exist in its molecular form on earth, it must be first extracted from another compound, such as water or methane using renewable electricity or carbon-abated fossil fuels. Hydrogen then acts as an energy carrier and storage device, helping to generate electricity or heat when combined with oxygen through a fuel cell or combusted. Hydrogen produces zero emissions at point of use, so for example, a fuel cell electric vehicle that runs on hydrogen produces no tailpipe emissions. A versatile, clean, and safe energy carrier, hydrogen can be used as fuel for power generation or in industry as feedstock. And due to its energy density, it is currently the only zero-emission technology capable of producing the extreme heat necessary for the production of cement, steel, glass, and other industrial materials.
Policy: To achieve any national decarbonization goals, the U.S. needs a strategy that promotes renewables, carbon capture technology, and long-term energy storage across industries and sectors. Hydrogen can enable large-scale, efficient renewable energy integration into the power grid, utilize existing pipeline infrastructure to distribute energy across sectors and geographies, and decarbonize transportation, industry, heating, and other sectors.
Safety: Hydrogen is non-toxic and does not pose a threat to human or environmental health. Fuel cell electric vehicles are just as safe as today’s gasoline vehicles and meet the strictest safety and quality standards set by both the United States National Highway and Transpiration Administration and the United Nations Global Technical Regulations.
Vehicles: Fuel cell electric vehicles are zero-emission vehicles that run on hydrogen and emit only water. Together with battery electric vehicles, fuel cell electric vehicles can significantly reduce transportation-related emissions, which account for 28% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Hydrogen fuel cell technology is particularly useful for heavy-duty vehicles and long-haul trucking, as it is lighter, faster fueling and more energy dense than batteries alone. Fuel cell electric vehicles are used today in warehouses and ports around the country.
Power: Utilities around the country are just starting to deploy hydrogen in conjunction with renewable energy to produce zero-carbon energy for the grid. Hydrogen’s ability to store energy ensures that excess renewable power is able to be captured and saved for later use, ensuring renewable power continuity – even during periods of limited sunshine or wind. Further, hydrogen production and consumption can occur nearly anywhere in the U.S., providing opportunities to secure environmental justice for disadvantaged communities in regions that typically have fewer clean energy options.