Hydrogen: 3 things to watch in 2021

January 4, 2021

A flood of investments and energy industry pledges made 2020 a breakout year for low-carbon hydrogen. But 2021 may be when the hype gives way to hard questions.

Last year, the colorless gas captured the imagination of many companies for a variety of uses: Major truck manufacturers banded together to promote a transition to hydrogen fuel-cell models. A hydrogen plane startup pulled in over $21 million from investors that included Amazon.com Inc. and a Bill Gates-backed fund. Several gas and electric utilities launched pilot projects to produce hydrogen from zero-carbon sources.

Hydrogen has had false starts in the past: In the early 2000s, the Bush administration anointed fuel-cell cars as the future of transportation. But under President Obama, the Department of Energy backed off the technology, and it has failed to catch on with most automakers.

“The idea of hydrogen has been around for a long time,” said Mona Dajani, who has negotiated hydrogen deals for large energy companies as an attorney at Washington-based firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. “But its momentum has never been stronger.”

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