The global number of hydrogen stations deployed has recently passed the 1,000 mark, according to a Global Market for Hydrogen Fueling Stations study. China represents roughly one-third of global deployments, with Japan having the second-highest number of deployments, followed closely by Korea. Other countries, such as Australia, New Zealand, and India, also have aggressive plans for hydrogen station deployments.
According to the study, there is growing momentum for hydrogen station deployments as the rest of the world rapidly embraces \ zero-emissions fuel for their energy needs. However, the U.S. lags far behind countries like China and Japan, with less than 100 hydrogen stations deployed.
The study also highlighted that Europe is expanding its hydrogen fuel cell ecosystem. So far, Germany is the only European country with over 100 hydrogen stations deployed, but France, the U.K., Slovenia, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Spain are aggressively deploying their own hydrogen stations. Limited hydrogen station deployments have also occurred in the Middle East and Africa.
Most of these new hydrogen stations are designed for hydrogen fuel cell passenger vehicles, but there has been a recent increase in hydrogen stations for commercial vehicles, including locomotives and maritime vessels.
While U.S. hydrogen station deployments lag behind those of other countries, OneH2 sees this as an opportunity to encourage the U.S. to build more hydrogen stations throughout the country. A growth in hydrogen station deployments in the U.S. is crucial to promoting the widespread adoption of hydrogen as a fuel source not only across the country but around the world, as well.
OneH2 is already working with governments, private companies, and other stakeholders to promote the growth of the U.S.’s hydrogen economy and make hydrogen fuel more accessible to American consumers. We see a bright future for hydrogen, but it will require diligent and dedicated efforts to catch up with other countries and establish hydrogen infrastructure that will support a zero-emissions future.