The mobility industry is already the main energy consumer in both the European Union, with 31% of the final energy consumed, and in Spain, with almost 40%. However, we will not be able to produce all the renewable energy we will need and consume it in situ. In this scenario, Hydrogen becomes a possible solution.

In fact, the hydrogen market is set to grow 14-fold in the next 7 years. The characteristics of this element, which has a high energy density and produces clean and safe energy that can be transported over long distances, make it a key energy source for achieving the European Commission’s emission neutrality targets. Spain is leading green hydrogen projects worldwide and is betting very clearly on the country’s energy transformation, as it is carrying out significant investments in infrastructure such as hydrogen corridors. By 2050, the industrial and transport sectors will account for 42% and 36% of global clean hydrogen consumption, respectively. For that reason, Spain is emerging as the world’s leading power with more than 20,000 million euros of investment planned.

Hydrogen is important for more sustainable mobility, due to its ability to reduce carbon emissions, reduce dependence on fossil fuels, increase energy efficiency, and offer advantages in terms of range and refueling time. Its versatility makes it a promising option to address environmental and energy challenges in the industrial and mobility sectors.

What are the benefits of Hydrogen as an alternative energy in the mobility sector?

Hydrogen has been considered an alternative energy source in the mobility sector for several reasons, and it offers various benefits. Some of these benefits include:

  • Zero Emissions: Hydrogen fuel cells produce electricity through a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen, resulting in water vapor as the only byproduct. This process generates electricity without emitting greenhouse gases or pollutants, making it a clean and environmentally friendly option.
  • High Energy Density: Hydrogen has a high energy-to-mass ratio, providing a significant amount of energy per unit of weight. This is advantageous for vehicles where weight is a critical factor, as it allows for longer driving ranges.
  • Quick Refueling: Refueling a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is relatively quick, taking only a few minutes compared to the longer charging times associated with some electric vehicles. This is similar to the refueling experience with conventional gasoline or diesel vehicles.
  • Versatility: Hydrogen can be produced from various sources, including natural gas, biomass, and renewable energy sources like wind or solar power. This versatility in production methods allows for flexibility in meeting energy demands and transitioning to a more sustainable energy system.
  • Reduced Dependence on Fossil Fuels: By using hydrogen as a fuel, there is a potential to reduce dependence on traditional fossil fuels. This can contribute to energy security and help diversify the energy mix, promoting a more sustainable and resilient energy infrastructure.
  • Suitability for Heavy-Duty Vehicles: Hydrogen fuel cells are particularly suitable for heavy-duty vehicles such as buses, trucks, and trains. The high energy density of hydrogen makes it feasible to power larger vehicles with longer ranges, addressing one of the challenges faced by electric batteries in these applications.
  • Storage and Transportation: Hydrogen can be stored and transported, providing flexibility in distribution and utilization. This makes it possible to transport hydrogen from areas with abundant renewable energy resources to regions with high energy demand.
  • Job Creation and Economic Opportunities: The development and deployment of hydrogen technologies can create new jobs and economic opportunities in manufacturing, research and development, infrastructure development, and related industries.

However, there are also challenges and considerations, such as the current cost of production, infrastructure development, and the need for continued advancements in technology to make hydrogen a more widespread and economically viable option in the mobility sector.

Valencia will host the largest green hydrogen congress in Europe, the H2 – Hydrogen World Congress

Accelerating the leap to renewable and low-carbon hydrogen will require coordination and collaboration between industry, electricity and gas grids, policymakers, and investors. For that reason, next February 14th and 15th, Valencia will host the H2 – Hydrogen World Congress, in which more than 180 international experts will share the latest developments of different Spanish projects, but also aspects related to their economic viability, as well as regulatory, and technical aspects of the impact of this energy in the industrial landscape and mobility. For two days, the H2 – Hydrogen World Congress will bring together in Valencia the leading firms specializing in the manufacturing and distribution of green hydrogen, the related technology sector, manufacturers of charging systems, new fuel sources, products for sustainable mobility, components industry, logistics, aeronautics, rail, and shipbuilding, as well as startups that are revolutionizing the sector

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn and participate in the largest green hydrogen congress in Europe!