Through research and convenings, the GEC’s hydrogen program advances public understanding of hydrogen technology; provides key insights into the geopolitical, economic, environmental, and regulatory dynamics shaping hydrogen’s role in the energy transition; and advocates for policies that accelerate market-driven decarbonization.
With hydrogen increasingly moving to the center of decarbonization conversations, there is a real need to understand the technology’s potential – and limitations. Consequently, the GEC seeks to identify use cases where hydrogen is an ideal decarbonization candidate, but also ensure that scarce financial and clean energy resources are not deployed in applications where hydrogen deployment is not optimal from a carbon abatement or economic perspective. The program is agnostic about the “color” of hydrogen, but not indifferent to its carbon content, and seeks to apply nuance to discussions surrounding H2, all with the aim of advancing the public interest in a promising yet nascent technology.
Commentary & analysis
Hydrogen as a decarbonization tool
Working with a wide-ranging community of experts and stakeholders, our hydrogen experts provide timely commentary on hydrogen technology’s potential and limitations.
EnergySource May 5, 2023
Green hydrogen: Loaded up and (long-haul) trucking
By Joseph Webster, William Tobin
California and Texas are two potential markets to advance hydrogen-fueled trucking. Both states have excellent potential and can decarbonize heavy-duty transportation.
EnergySource Mar 14, 2023
Harmonizing hydrogen ambitions and realities
By William Tobin, Joseph Webster
Hydrogen’s chemical properties determine its most optimal uses. Policymakers should orient deployment toward areas in which hydrogen makes the most sense as a tool for decarbonization and away from areas in which it does not.
hydrogen policy sprint
In order for hydrogen to become a viable decarbonization solution in the United States, a narrative shift and a framework of policies that can enable its deployment are needed. The Atlantic Council Global Energy Center’s hydrogen policy sprint examines the opportunities and challenges for developing a clean hydrogen economy in the United States and offer policy recommendations for efficiently and effectively scaling clean hydrogen production and consumption.
In-Depth Research & Reports Mar 2, 2021
Brief 1: Has hydrogen’s time come in the United States?
By David Yellen, Randolph Bell
This first brief in the Atlantic Council’s hydrogen policy sprint examines the current state of hydrogen development in the United States and begins to explore pathways for clean hydrogen production across the country.
In-Depth Research & Reports May 3, 2021
Brief 2: Producing clean hydrogen at scale in the United States
By David Yellen, Randolph Bell
This second brief in the Atlantic Council’s hydrogen policy sprint explores pathways for and the challenges and opportunities facing scaled clean hydrogen production in the United States.
In-Depth Research & Reports Jul 21, 2021
Brief 3: Hydrogen transportation and storage
By Cynthia Quarterman
This third brief in the Atlantic Council’s hydrogen policy sprint discusses pathways for hydrogen transportation and storage infrastructure development in the United States.
The Global Energy Center promotes energy security by working alongside government, industry, civil society, and public stakeholders to devise pragmatic solutions to the geopolitical, sustainability, and economic challenges of the changing global energy landscape.
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