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$180 Billion Opportunity For Hydrogen Electrolyzes In Asian Markets


$180 Billion Opportunity For Hydrogen Electrolyzes In Asian Markets

India-West Staff Reporter

NEW YORK, NY — Net zero targets in Asia’s four largest economies could substantially expand the market for green hydrogen (H2) electrolyzes, with the combined potential in these countries projected to reach $180 billion by 2050 for key industrial applications, according to a new report from the High-level Policy Commission on Getting Asia to Net Zero convened by the Asia Society Policy Institute.

Green Hydrogen for Decarbonizing Asia’s Industrial Giants assesses the future potential and trajectory for electrolyzes needed to meet green H2 demand in China, India, Japan, and South Korea. The study, which was carried out by Global Efficiency Intelligence, looks at the role of green H2 in three priority industries—steel, ammonia, and methanol—under various decarbonization scenarios. In these sectors, green H2 has the capacity to significantly reduce emissions by replacing carbon-intensive processes with renewable energy-powered electrolysis.

Should the four countries adhere to their declared net zero targets, the analysis projects massive growth in the market potential of green H2 electrolyzes for the three industries by 2050:

•    China: $85 billion by 2050, up from $22 billion in 2030

•    India: $78 billion by 2050, up from $4 billion in 2030

•    Japan: $9 billion by 2050, up from $1 billion in 2030

•    South Korea: $8 billion by 2050, up from $1 billion in 2030

The collective market potential for electrolyzes is thus expected to skyrocket to $180 billion by 2050, with a compound annual growth rate as high as 12% between 2030 and 2040. This is nearly five times as large as the market potential under a business-as-usual scenario.

The total electrolyze market opportunity will be even greater since it includes applications for other industries. The study also breaks down the electrolyze market potential for each of the three industries and four countries analyzed.

The report offers a suite of policy recommendations aimed at accelerating the development and adoption of green H2 and electrolyze manufacturing. These targeted strategies for policymakers, industry players, investors, and think tanks aim to collectively support a robust ecosystem for green H2 production and use in these countries toward a net zero industry.

The report was launched at an event on April 12 in New Delhi, India.

Ali Hasanbeigi, Founder, CEO, and Research Director at Global Efficiency Intelligence, said, “Using green H2 in H2-DRI steelmaking, and producing green ammonia and methanol is essential to decarbonize these key sectors. Our analysis shows there is a massive electrolyze market potential in these major Asian countries and those who capitalize on it stand to gain substantially.”

Kate Logan, Associate Director of Climate at the Asia Society Policy Institute, noted, “These findings underscore how ambitious net zero targets can shape demand for a new and critical technology, such as electrolyzes, that will be essential to decarbonizing the region and the world. Asia’s industrial giants could therefore see net zero pathways as vehicles for driving development, rather than limiting it.”

Amitabh Kant, India’s G20 Sherpa, said, “I congratulate the Asia Society Policy Institute for releasing the Green Hydrogen for Decarbonizing Asia’s Industrial Giants report, which showcases the need to transform the hard-to-abate sectors of the economy, including steel and fertilizers. As India has set its sights on becoming energy-independent by 2047 and achieving Net Zero by 2070, we recognize the critical role of Green Hydrogen. India, with its vast renewable energy resources, also can produce Green Hydrogen for the world.”

Charith Konda, Energy Specialist at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, added, “Analysis of the three applications reveals that India’s green hydrogen electrolyze market is poised for significant growth, with a projected CAGR of 16%—escalating from US$4 billion in 2030 to US$78 billion by 2050. This robust outlook sends a positive signal to investors and policymakers, underscoring the strategic role of green hydrogen in meeting net zero objectives.”

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