Japan and Germany are most aggressive in launching hydrogen fueling stations
Falls Church, VA – January 30, 2019: The deployment activity of hydrogen fueling stations has picked up in several regions of the world, according to a report by Information Trends. These fueling stations provide the backbone for a transportation system for fuel cell vehicles.
The report, Global Market for Hydrogen Fueling Stations, 2019, says that the deployment activity is particularly brisk in Japan and Germany. Both countries are home to some of the biggest global automakers. Japan achieved the landmark of its 100th hydrogen station, and Germany reached its 60th hydrogen station, both in 2018.
In the U.S., California rolled out its 39th hydrogen station in 2018, and deployment activity has gathered steam in the northeast, the report said. In addition, hydrogen station deployments have gained momentum in China and South Korea as both the countries position themselves to be big markets for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
According to the report, hydrogen station deployments have continued at a steady pace in several European countries, particularly the U.K. and France. Denmark is the first country to deploy a nationwide hydrogen fueling infrastructure and in 2019, Iceland will have hydrogen fueling coverage for 80 percent of the country.
The pace of deployment has been slower than anticipated, Mr. Naqi Jaffery, the lead author of the report, said. But there is no denying that a solid hydrogen fueling infrastructure has evolved in Japan, Germany and California. These deployments are having a ripple effect on surrounding regions. The report projects that over three thousand six hundred hydrogen fueling stations will be in operation globally by 2033.
Information Trends estimates that over a billion dollars have already been spent on hydrogen stations R&D and initial deployments. Moreover, close to $4.5 billion will be spent on hydrogen station deployments from 2018 through 2033. This level of funding shows the commitment of governments and private entities to drive the adoption of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
Hydrogen’s use as an energy carrier has undergone decades of research, development and testing. It is now beyond question that hydrogen is an economically viable solution for switching to clean energy with the potential to herald a ‘green’ industrial revolution.
Significant R&D activity is underway to reduce the cost of hydrogen stations and increase their fueling capacity which is resulting in rapid technological innovation.