Consensus over hydrogen at COP26 can dramatically speed up the energy transition

November 2, 2021

We are on the cusp of an energy revolution that could see hydrogen play a key role in the way we bring fully decarbonized energy to our homes, offices, and factories.

In 2004 when I was working at Enel, I went to Japan and studied hydrogen. I wrote a report saying, “I love this technology, but it will never work. It’s too expensive.” I was a skeptic, but I was converted four years ago by my team here at Snam. I wrote a story with them that showed how powerful hydrogen can be in the battle against climate change, and how necessary hydrogen is to wean the world off hydrocarbons and put it on a path to net zero.

The fact that renewable electricity is now so cheap to produce is a game changer. Not only does it allow renewables to gradually replace fossil fuels in power generation, but it enables clean energy to reach new sectors in which direct electrification is either too costly or difficult.

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