Energy production across the Americas is evolving, and hydrogen has become a crucial part of the solution to overcoming some of the main challenges of the energy transition. In this context, the U.S. has already taken the lead with its funding announcements, including the Inflation Reduction Act, which has so far reflected USD 200 billion in announced investments with over 150 projects in the clean energy, electric vehicle, and battery-related sectors. Additionally, the U.S. has officially launched its National Clean Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap. These announcements are driving regions and countries such as the EU, Canada, and Australia to respond with their own funding schemes, demonstrating a clean energy and hydrogen race that will lead to 2024 being a defining year for the sector.
Therefore, the Hydrogen Americas Summit & Exhibition, held in Washington D.C. on October 2nd and 3rd and co-hosted by the Sustainable Energy Council and the U.S. Department of Energy, aimed to discuss the latest technologies, project developments, and policies driving the energy transition and hydrogen industry forward in the U.S. and the region.
Hydrogen Americas Summit 2023 – Source: Sustainable Energy Council
During the event, Juan Pablo Zúñiga, Country Manager of Hinicio Colombia, participated in the H2 Tech Series Program with his presentation titled ‘Applying Systems Engineering Principles to Mitigate Risks in H₂ and Derivatives Project Development,’ and moderated the panel ‘Harnessing Latin America’s Potential for Clean Hydrogen Production.’ In addition, Hinicio experts met with attendees offering guidance on hydrogen project development and business strategy.
The following conclusions were drawn at the event:
- The U.S. hydrogen sector has garnered significant attention from the global industry.
- Uncertainty persists regarding off-take in the U.S., as there are insufficient incentives for consumers to adopt clean hydrogen. The need for a global carbon tax to drive demand (in the U.S. and abroad) was widely discussed.
- Projects are now advancing towards the final investment decision (FID) stage.
- Despite the U.S. entering the global hydrogen industry relatively late, the market is experiencing rapid acceleration, thanks to the IRA incentives.
- Expectations are high for the IRS guidance on IRS implementation and the announcements regarding hydrogen hubs.
- Significant challenges remain for achieving large-scale hydrogen production, including addressing grid capacity issues and securing renewable energy sources. For blue hydrogen, deploying large-scale CCS facilities is crucial.
Hydrogen Americas Summit 2023 – Source: Hinicio
- Watch here the recording of the presentation ‘Applying Systems Engineering Principles to Mitigate Risks in H₂ and Derivatives Project Development.’
- Watch here the recording of the session ‘Harnessing Latin America’s Potential for Clean Hydrogen Production.’
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