Preserving natural capital, achieving sustainability, and implementing circular economy models in all industry sectors will be one of the defining challenges of our time. Hydrogen will play a central role in a carbon emission-free future. Especially energy-intense sectors like transportation and industry depend on low carbon and green hydrogen to reduce their impact on the climate.
For companies, hydrogen can be an enormous opportunity to increase business resilience and decrease the dependence on fossil fuels. However, the large-scale production of low carbon and green hydrogen (through electrolysis, pyrolysis, or steam reforming with CCUS) is still in an early stage. Creating the infrastructure and equipment for hydrogen requires additional investments.
“Companies that commit to hydrogen invest in the future and will be successful. At the same time, companies will need strong partners that can mitigate risk and ensure the safe and cost-efficient implementation of this low-emission energy solution. TÜV SÜD with its unique hydrogen ecosystem can provide guidance from strategy to operation.” – Reiner Block, CEO TÜV SÜD Industry Service Division
The transformation from fossil to hydrogen energy can be challenging, and companies need to understand the whole value chain. Hydrogen has been around for decades but has usually been used for industrial purposes without focusing on decarbonisation. The demand for it as a low-carbon energy carrier has significantly increased in the last years. However, regulations, codes, and standards (RCS) are not yet evaluated in a way that enables companies to implement hydrogen projects and qualify equipment easily; this is especially true for large-scale systems. Some countries have started projects to move RCS forward, like Germany with the German H2 RCS Roadmap 2025.
At TÜV SÜD, we anticipated the importance of green hydrogen as an enabler of a carbon-free future. Therefore, we created an ecosystem that enables businesses to implement competitive hydrogen projects with a trusted partner.
Together with our subsidiaries Ludwig Bölkow Systemtechnik (LBST) and evety, we can offer services that go far beyond testing and inspection.
At TÜV SÜD, we have more than 150 years of experience in testing and inspecting high-tech equipment. We also have decades of experience with hydrogen technologies across various industries. With our large base of hydrogen engineers, we can offer our services in nearly all hydrogen applications along the whole value chain.
LBST is a well-established consulting company and has delivered profound insights into hydrogen market developments, technology, and economics for almost 40 years.
Mitigate risk and ensure safety for your employees and assets
Achieve economic viability for your hydrogen strategy
Minimize CO2-footprint and build business resilience
Different countries will play different roles in the future of hydrogen. A study by LBST has reviewed countries representing over 90% of global GDP and found that 20 countries representing 44% of global GDP already have passed a national hydrogen strategy or are on the verge of doing so. Some countries with access to beneficial wind and solar conditions will serve as production locations, while industrial countries will mainly import hydrogen.
This development is a chance for new partnerships and cross-border cooperation. In the EU alone, it is expected that a cumulative market of over 40 billion euros for green hydrogen production equipment will develop by 2030. Large industrial partnerships will be formed for the production, export/import, and storage and application of hydrogen. Blue and low-carbon hydrogen will be effective and pragmatic ways to ramp up volumes and start the hydrogen economy. Refineries and the chemical industry will be expected to become the first important large-scale hydrogen markets in the mid-term, with others like transportation to follow quickly.
With globally increasing CO2 prices that further reduce cost gaps, it is time to act now for industry players.
“Hydrogen will be a crucial element of any renewable energy system, bridging between large-scale renewable energy generation and demand and supporting decarbonization in the transport, industry” – Dr Uwe Albrecht, CEO LBST
TÜV SÜD is offering services along the whole value chain of hydrogen and accompanying the entire project life cycle. You can explore our service portfolio or learn more about the hydrogen value chain and related services below.