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US, Canada, Japan, Netherlands, and EC launch new hydrogen initiative

At the 10th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) meeting, a new international hydrogen partnership was announced under the leadership of the United States, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and the European Commission with participation of several other CEM member countries. The International Energy Agency (IEA) would be coordinating efforts under this initiative.

For the first time under the Clean Energy Ministerial, this effort will put the spotlight on the role that hydrogen and fuel cell technologies can play in the global clean energy transition.

The new hydrogen initiative will drive international collaboration on policies, programs and projects to accelerate the commercial deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies across all sectors of the economy.

Drawing on the recommendations from the Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting in 2018 in Japan, this cross-country collaboration will build on the successes of other global collaboration on hydrogen such as the Hydrogen Challenge under Mission Innovation, the ongoing work through the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy and global analysis carried out through the International Energy Agency (IEA).

It will aim to address barriers and identify opportunities for hydrogen in the global transformation to a clean, affordable and reliable energy sector, including global supply chains for this new energy vector.

The new Hydrogen Initiative will focus on how hydrogen can contribute to cleaner energy systems, while promoting sustainability, resiliency and energy security. Initial work carried out through the initiative will focus on three different areas:

  1. Helping to ensure successful deployment of hydrogen within current industrial applications.

  2. Enabling deployment of hydrogen technologies in transport (e.g freight, mass transit, light-rail, marine).

  3. Exploring the role of hydrogen in meeting the energy needs of communities.



Worthwhile initiatives, specially H2 for freight, mass transit, light rail and marine usage.

Will #3 cover H2 use to expand clean 24/7 REs?


Ever wonder if this hydrogen idea is nothing more than a campaign to slow down the transition to EVs? Lots of words and money diverted from BEVs projects; but, very little accomplished over a long period. The initial ideas for hydrogen were introduced shortly after GM cancelled the EV-1 and Chevron formed Cobasys to with hold large format NIMH battery from the market.


Ever wonder if this hydrogen idea is nothing more than a campaign to slow down the transition to EVs?

GWB's administration cancelled the PNGV in 2001 and replaced it with the hypedrogen "Freedom Car" program.  Notice that we still don't have more than a handful of hypedrogen cars, almost 20 years later?  We don't have more than a few percent of hybrids, either.

ALL the promoters of hypedrogen and the like are fossil-fuel shills.  The smart ones get paid for it.



So you happily promote the 'battery-electric economy', promoting the idea that we can heat our homes with batteries, power 1,000km-freight trucks with batteries, produce steel with batteries, replace all the gas turbines.. with battery-power, as well.

Oh dear.


Stop erecting straw men, DisinfoReeducate.


I'll concede that for certain limited applications, hydrogen is justifiable. I see it limited perhaps to heavy duty equipment, long-haul trucking, trains, airplanes etc. but never for POVs.
No matter how effective catalyzers may become and how much FCs may improve, the same is to be expected from batteries and H2 technology and overall efficiency will never even come close to batteries.
It's high time to realize that we must stop wasting resources and energy because neither are infinite. To emphasize efficiency, I would not even accept an inductive charger at no cost to me. That is only supportive for overwhelming laziness. I can easily spend the time and effort to plug in.


Batteries with 1000+ wh/kg, and 10,000+ cycles are required to store enough energy for heavy vehicles, long range trucks, trains, drones and short range e-planes.

FCs already have those capabilities and near future FCs with improved H2 tanks will double and quadruple those ideal batteries. Meanwhile, batteries will be (are) more efficient for smaller 2-3-4 wheels ground vehicles.

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