The UN and Rocky Mountain Institute-backed coalition of industry first-movers was launched in 2020, based on an electrolysis deployment target of 26 GW by 2026. The high-profile group now has three new members and an expanded target (45 GW by 2026), as it seeks to accelerate decarbonisation in hard-to-abate sectors like heavy-duty trucking, shipping, aviation and steel, fertilisers and chemical production.
- Portugal-based Power2X, which is currently developing a renewable hydrogen project in Sines, which includes a newbuild ammonia production facility,
- Hy Stor Energy, which is developing the Mississippi Clean Hydrogen Hub,
- and India-based ReNew Power, which is developing (amongst other projects) a renewable ammonia fuel production project near the Suez Canal.
The Green Hydrogen Catapult’s founding members include other significant ammonia energy names: ACWA Power, CWP Global, Fortescue Future Industries, the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, and Yara.
The production of green hydrogen is critical to accelerate our energy transition and its prospects are compelling, particularly in India where alternative energy is growing…We have agreements in place to further develop green hydrogen capacity and are eager to continue working to make this energy source a cost-effective solution.Sumant Sinha, CEO of ReNew Power in the Green Hydrogen Catapult’s official press release, 20 Mar 2023
In April 2022, we announced our first major green hydrogen development in Sines, Portugal, and we are working on an exciting pipeline of green hydrogen project developments globally…By joining the Green Hydrogen Catapult, we will be even better positioned to help develop the green hydrogen that is needed for a sustainable energy system.Occo Roelofsen, founder and CEO of Power2X in the Green Hydrogen Catapult’s official press release, 20 Mar 2023
The salt caverns along the Mississippi River constitute a world-class resource…(and) have access to critical shipping and logistics corridors, including the Mississippi River and deep-water ports in the Mississippi Gulf to serve the growing domestic and global hydrogen market.Laura Luce, CEO of Hy Stor Energy in the Green Hydrogen Catapult’s official press release, 20 Mar 2023
The importance of coalitions
The rising importance of coalitions to the emerging hydrogen & ammonia energy industries cannot be overstated. Launched in 2021 at the COP26 event, members of the First Movers Coalition have pledged to commit investment & purchasing dollars to accelerate technology deployment in hard-to-abate sectors. Also launched in late 2021 was the Cargo Owners for Zero Emission Vessels (coZEV), a high-profile group who have committed to only using zero-emissions ships for transport by 2040. Also in the maritime ammonia space, the Getting to Zero Coalition (a Global Maritime Forum initiative) has been building momentum for maritime ammonia fuel for some years now, particularly on the topic of green maritime corridors.