Hydrogen Energy

Hydrogen & Fuel Cells


Session background and objectives

・Hydrogen is a CO2 free fuel in its utilization stage. Hydrogen is seen as a hopeful secondary energy source for “Net Zero Anthropogenic CO2 emission” society.

・A number of stakeholders conduct R&D on hydrogen and fuel cells all over the world.

・On the other hand, there is several obstacles for the dissemination of hydrogen energy; e.g. finding primary energy sources for producing hydrogen, making up economic feasible hydrogen supply chains, and newly building up the hydrogen supply infrastructure.

・International cooperation is essential for disseminating hydrogen energy, because it requires long-term actions and it is difficult for individual private company.

・The objective of this concurrent session is discussing how the governmental/private international cooperation for hydrogen energy should be. The tentative main speakers of this session are members of existing international partnerships such as IPHE (International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell in the Economy) and Hydrogen Council.


Pierre-Etienne Franc[Chair]

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Vice President, Advanced Business and Technologies World Business Unit, Air Liquide; Secretary General, Hydrogen Council

Zong Qiang MAO

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Professor, Tsinghua University


The hydrogen is the only solution for the human energy crisis, environmental protection and economic development. Hydrogen is high quality energy, not only can be used as the energy power generation, heating, but also transportation of alternative raw materials. Hydrogen more and more got people's attention.
China has been actively engaged in research and development of hydrogen, encouraging progress. With Chinese characteristics, the outside world know very little about China hydrogen. This report introduced hydrogen progress in China during August 2016 to August 2017.

Bernd Heid


Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company, Inc.


Comparative analysis of the existing country policies in support of FCEV deployments

A number of governments have realized the potential of Hydrogen and are putting in place policies to support their market introduction. Based on five dimensions – uptake across applications, market potential, industry strength, current and planned infrastructure and regulatory environment – we found that Japan, South Korea, Germany, Scandinavia and California/USA are leading globally. At a closer look, they are following very different approaches. In the presentation, the differences in approach and its implications for market development in Japan, Germany and California/USA will be laid out.

Tim Karlsson

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Executive Director, International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE)


International Collaboration for a Global Hydrogen Market

Hydrogen and electricity are two complementary and viable energy carriers. Fuel cell and hydrogen (FCH) technologies enables clean energy systems, enhances energy security, supports electrification of transportation, changes industrial processes while providing jobs, economic growth, and helps to meet environmental objectives.
Policy and fiscal support, often based on national advantages, has helped FCH technologies to be commercially viable in niche applications. Countries are making unprecedented commitments to integrate FCH technology thereby making ‘hydrogen in the economy’ a reality.
However, further work and commitment is needed across the innovation spectrum to get costs down, to get infrastructure in place, and to have market oriented policies and initiatives across countries that galvanize a global market sufficient to get the economies-of-scale necessary to truly benefit from FCH technologies.

Bart Biebuyck

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Executive Director, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU)


Making fuel cells and hydrogen an everyday reality: the FCH JU European Programme.

The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking is a Public Private partnership between the European Commission, European Industry and Researchers. Since its foundation, in 2008, FCH leaning purpose is to support the achievement of a carbon-clean environment through the introduction of hydrogen technology in the European market and reach market readiness by 2020. With a committed budget of 730M€ of support provided by the FCH JU since its launch, a total of 203 projects have been developed, raising similar leverage of private funding. The area of intervention are the energy sector, the transport field as well as cross-cutting activities

Toshiki Shimizu

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Head of Fuel Cell Business, Smart Energy System Business Division, Panasonic Corporation


The world's first stationary fuel cell “ENE-FARM” was introduced in the Japanese market in 2009, and the cumulative installation reached 200,000 units in May 2017. Strategic support by the Japanese government also accelerated this spread.

This technology is also being developed to the European market in cooperation with German company.
Fuel cell “ENE-FARM” contributes to realize “Net Zero Energy House” in cooperation with renewable energy technology and can also be applied to stabilize the grid as a decentralized power source. It is also a key technology in realizing future hydrogen society.

In this session, I will present about the evolution of the fuel cell technology and future prospects.

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