Europe Goes All-In On Hydrogen For The Transport Economy

Europe has a clear and credible plan to become the center of the global hydrogen industry as its governments collectively finance the work needed to become the world’s first hydrogen economy.
The end result will be 17 million fuel cell powered vehicles across Europe by 2040 – from under a thousand today.
Covid-19 recovery funding is set to pave for much of the R&D required to power the transition and the new hydrogen industry will grow at a CAGR of over 50%, reaching annual revenues of over $115 billion in Europe alone by 2040. It will have cumulative revenues of over $850 billion by that time.
Snowballing promises and financial pledges surrounding green hydrogen mean Europe stands a real chance of becoming home to many of the major players in one of the fastest emerging economic sectors. Ironically neither USA, the oil king, or China, the renewables leader, seem quite ready for the hydrogen revolution.
Establishing this lead in the hydrogen sector, will rely on the mass deployment of fuel cell and electrolyzer units and our new Rethink Energy Report this report “Europe goes all in on hydrogen for the transport economy,” one of our “Looking Glass reports on each industry as it goes through the energy transition, identifies key players and likely winners across the transport sector.
Green hydrogen also aims to satisfy requirements in other sectors like heating, energy storage and industrial feedstocks, but it is the transport sector, due to its huge volumes, that will allow Europe a chance to develop a rapid technological lead through economies of scale.
The earliest growth in hydrogen fuels cells will be seen in the rail sector, where the economic case for fuel cell units is already attractive, but the largest push of the sector will come as fuel cell trucks enter commercialization as we enter the 2030s, becoming the sector of greatest hydrogen demand by 2036.
By 2030, the total demand for hydrogen from Europe’s road transport sector will exceed 1,350 kilotons per year, up from just 2 kilotons today. Driven by falling costs and government incentives for decarbonization, the market will continue to accelerate beyond this, with demand growing nearly 7-fold to reach 13,800 kilotons by 2040.
The largest contributor towards this will be the bloc’s hydrogen trucks, with 2 million set to be on Europe’s roads by 2040, followed by the demand from 5 million light commercial vehicles, 240,000 buses, 9 million passenger vehicles, and 9,600 trains.

This Report is one of our “Energy through the Looking Glass” reports, which forecast a variety of individual industries and how they will survive the energy transition, picking out winners and losers across the segment.
Who should buy this report?
As energy transitions from coal and gas, and transport transitions from oil and diesel to electric and hydrogen power, dramatic change will sweep away 100 year old dinosaur-style businesses conducting business-as-usual. Don’t let yours be one of them.
If you work at a strategy or management level in any energy business that is thinking about a hydrogen project, then this report is essential for your planning, but similarly if you work in any of the transport sectors, from buses and trains, and especially the trucking industry – this report will explain the timing of huge changes coming to your industry sector – potentially helping you plan your business’ future and protect it from dramatic change. So if you manufacture whole  trucks or parts for trucks, or for buses or trains, read this report. If you invest in the transportation sector, read this report. If you think you are safe and that nothing can happen to your business, definitely read this report. Don’t be surprised by your energy future.

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