Since the beginning of 2021 when Operis co-authored a white paper with Dentons and ILF, there has been a growing interest in hydrogen projects across the globe, especially in Europe.

Source: Inframation – Deal Database as per 09.06.2022

We are seeing the development of various projects taking shape worldwide, from liquid hydrogen storage tankers, an artificial hydrogen island, to a 50MW hydrogen fuel cell power plant and an offshore hydrogen factory.

The keen interest in hydrogen from governments is not surprising given that green hydrogen addresses two of the most pressing issues: climate change and energy independence. The recent conflict in Ukraine has further highlighted the lack of agency from the EU Member States regarding their energy sources, making energy sovereignty part of the public debate and a vital point of any recent political election.

The greatest challenge to the growth of green hydrogen projects is reducing production costs, particularly from renewable sources. Researchers, therefore, focus their efforts on improving the efficiency of hydrogen production technologies and reducing the cost of equipment, operations and maintenance. Governments worldwide have pledged millions to spur the development of innovative energy technologies and attract investors.

A further boost could come from the recently released report from the European Investment Bank (EIB) highlighting the need to improve the economic and regulatory conditions of hydrogen projects. The EIB made some recommendations to support the efforts of policymakers to expand the sector. To facilitate investments in hydrogen projects, market participants have suggested the introduction of new credit enhancement and risk-sharing mechanisms.

In its “An Essential Guide to Hydrogen“, Operis describes green hydrogen’s role in transitioning to a carbon-neutral energy system, looking at the potential usage in existing networks. The guide highlights the different public financial support mechanisms and discusses the possible models for hydrogen project financing.

Operis is determined to support energy transition programmes. Our project finance experience will be invaluable to investors and developers who want to move into this fast-growing sector. With the help of our world-class modelling team, we can assess the feasibility of your project and ensure that your financial models are optimised for maximum return on investment.

Get in touch with our advisory team to discuss how we could support your project.

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