It is no news that our environment with all the carbon emissions from fossil fuels is no longer safe and healthy. Emissions come from different industries such as power, transportation, manufacturing, heavy industries, shipping, and aviation among others.
That notwithstanding there is hope in the future with the innovation of green hydrogen technology, the environment will be safer.
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Hydrogen can also be used to power vehicles, bikes, and aircraft like Airbus is doing now, used as fuel in different manufacturing companies and in shipping.
In hydrogen technology, there are grey, blue green, and sometimes pink, yellow, brown, or turquoise hydrogen, depending on the method/process of production. In this article, we will be focusing on green hydrogen.
Hydrogen emits only water when burned which is safe and can be stored or converted into electricity but creating it can be carbon intensive.
Green hydrogen, also known as clean energy, is the type of hydrogen that is produced using renewable energy such as wind, solar, or low carbon power to achieve a net zero emission, that is, having water as by product without any pollutant.
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Many eco-friendly companies and some governments with their policies are advocating for the use of green hydrogen in order to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
Some automobile manufacturers such as Toyota, Hyundai, Hyzon, BMW, Nikola, Daimler, etc have started producing Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
Here are 9 Top Green Hydrogen Companies you should know about:
1. Linde Plc.
Linde plc is a world leader in the natural gas and engineering space. This chemical company is into the manufacturing and distribution of atmospheric gases, They are also supporting the transition to clean energy.
Linde plc has also invested in wind-powered facilities and plants using electrolysis.
The company was founded by Carl von Linde in 1879 with its headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. They generate a revenue of USD 2.2 billion of hydrogen in the world. They help their customers in the transition to a zero carbon economy.
Linde Plc is part of the Hydrogen Council, a group of various organizations that are investing in hydrogen vehicles and pushing hydrogen technology forward.
Linde partners with Yara to produce green hydrogen using proton exchange membrane (PEM) technology to replace hydro-based hydrogen.
The company has installed over 200 hydrogen fueling stations and 80 electrolysis plants throughout the world.
Linde is also in partnership with Alstom to develop, build, and operate the world’s first ever hydrogen refueling station for passenger trains in Germany.
2. Air Product and Chemical Inc.
Air Product and Chemical Plc. is an American-based company that is into the production of liquid hydrogen, hydrogen fuel cells, and compressed hydrogen gas around the world. It was founded in 1940 with its headquarters at Allentown, Pennsylvania,
The award-winning company has over 100 hydrogen fuelling stations and serves various customers ranging from aerospace, automotive, biotech, bioenergy, and metals and materials processing industries.
In 2022, Air Products and Chemicals Inc. announced its plan to build, own and operate a facility to produce green liquid hydrogen in Arizona. They are in partnerships with different companies including ACWA and NEOM to achieve their aims of transitioning to green hydrogen.
3. Ballard Power Systems Inc.
Ballard Power Systems develops, manufactures, and sells clean energy fuel cell products and provides energy solutions to its clients. They deliver fuel cell technology that can power heavy-duty trucks, commercial buses, trains, ships, passenger cars, and forklifts.
The company was founded in 1979 and is based in Canada. Their proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell products create energy by combining hydrogen and air.
In 2020, the total FCEVs powered by Ballard Power Systems reached a total distance of 50 million km, enough to go around the earth 1,250 times. Also in 2020, they launched their first commercial zero emission module, FCwave, to power ships.
The company is in partnership with ABB, Tata Motors, Adani, Fusion Fuel Plc, and Siemens among others to achieve zero carbon emissions
4. Bloom Energy Corporation
Bloom Energy Corporation is a California-based company that produces and distributes hydrogen fuel cell technology, and other power generation equipment since its inception.
They also provide their services to different sectors including healthcare, banking, food, and beverages among others. They are known for their efficient Bloom Energy Server, a solid oxide fuel cell power generator.
The company was established in 2001 with its headquarters in San Jose, California. In 2021, the company announced that it has been selected by NTPC Limited to power India’s first Green Hydrogen Microgrid.
Bloom Energy in order to achieve its goal of transition to green energy (zero-carbon electricity), is in partnership with SK Engineering & Construction, Conrad Energy and Electricity North West Limited, Baker Hughes, and others.
5. Plug Power Inc.
Plug Power Inc. is a New York-based company that provides clean energy and hydrogen fuel cell solutions for the mobility sector in order to replace traditional batteries in electric vehicles.
The company was founded by George McNamee in 1997 and is headquartered in Latham, New York. Plug Power Inc. claims that its PEM technology is world-class and the best so far.
In April 2022, Plug announced its collaboration with MOL to build a green hydrogen facility in Hungary, using 10MW will provide 1,600 tons of green hydrogen per year.
They have a strategic partnership with Airbus, Cryo Tech, Olin, and others to produce different facilities to produce zero emission hydrogen.
6. Fusion Fuel Green Plc.
Fusion Fuel Green Plc. is an energy company that provides zero carbon emission hydrogen.
The company aims at making green energy accessible and affordable in the market using only water and sun. With their HEVO, Fusion Cell Green Plc changed the form and pattern of producing green hydrogen.
Fusion Fuel Green promised that its solar-powered electrolyzers will be able to make green hydrogen as cheaply as gray hydrogen.
The company sells its electrolyzer technology to customers that want to produce their own green hydrogen worldwide. The company was founded in 2018 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.
They are in collaboration with different companies including CCC, KEME energy, and AESA in the production of green hydrogen and the decarbonization of the environment. Fusion Fuel will benefit immensely as the European Union forges ahead with its climate policy, of electrolyzer use.
7. FuelCell Energy, Inc.
FuelCell Energy, Inc. is a global hydrogen fuel cell company that provides clean energy. The company provides energy to more than 50 locations globally. The company uses its SureSource platform to deliver clean energy to its customers.
It was founded in 1969 and headquartered in Danbury, Connecticut, US. With its 53 years of experience, the company has been providing different services to universities, data centers, healthcare, and government facilities.
FuelCell Energy, Inc is partnering with Toyota Motor Corporation, Exxon Mobil Corporation, and the White House to support heavy-duty fuel cell trucks and develop clean hydrogen.
8. Indian Oil Corporation
As the name implies, this is an India-based oil and gas company. It is owned by the government of India. It is the largest natural gas company in India. The company was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in New Delhi, India.
With the shift in the use of fossil fuel, the company plans to produce 5million tones of green hydrogen come 2023. In April 2022, the company commissioned its first pure green hydrogen plant in Assam. It also plans to build a green hydrogen manufacturing unit in Kochi.
They are in collaboration with companies like SIAM, Larsen & Toubro, and Goldman among others to develop green hydrogen.
9. Air Liquide
Air Liquide is a French company that supplies industrial gases and services to various industries such as chemical, e-medical, food, and electronics manufacturing. With its 120 years of experience, it has offices in over 80 countries. They have been working on producing, storing, and distributing hydrogen solutions.
It was founded by Paul Delorme in 1902 and is headquartered in Paris, France. They are developing new solutions in order to reduce carbon emissions (CO and CO2) during the process of hydrogen production.
They are in partnership with Airbus, IVECO, ArcelorMittal, Incheon Airport, and Korean Air to use hydrogen to decarbonize the aviation sector.
Green hydrogen is less than 1% of total annual hydrogen production, while grey hydrogen has 95%.
According to the report by market and market. com, the global hydrogen generation market was USD 130 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach USD201 billion by 2025 at a CAGR of 9.2%.
The major countries that produce and consume hydrogen are China, the US, the UK, Germany, and Japan, others include South Korea, India, Australia, Indonesia, and African countries like Namibia, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt.