Distributed Hydrogen Systems Can Drive Clean Energy Microgrids

Hydrogen use cases for microgrids include resiliency, renewables integration, and clean mobility

Mar 25, 2021

A new report from Guidehouse Insights provides detailed and actionable recommendations on how distributed hydrogen systems can help microgrids reach 100% clean energy and net zero carbon goals.

Hydrogen is enjoying a resurgence among energy ecosystem and clean transportation stakeholders, and a variety of governments and private sector vendors are now experimenting with new applications for green and blue hydrogen. Though many of these efforts are focused on large-scale infrastructure plays, promising innovation is occurring with smaller distribution systems applicable for microgrids. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @WeAreGHInsights, distributed hydrogen systems can drive clean energy microgrids.

“Hydrogen is emerging as a key enabling technology for microgrids and is helping to further enable resiliency, renewables integration, and clean mobility,” says Peter Asmus, research director with Guidehouse Insights. “In the coming years, incremental innovation and strategic partnerships should help to drive hydrogen adoption in microgrids.”

To position for success, Guidehouse Insights recommends stakeholders develop an incremental approach to hydrogen deployment to mirror current microgrid practices, learn about scale and synergy of distributed hydrogen systems from early pilot projects, forge strategic partnerships for multiservice microgrids (electricity, thermal, transit, and water), and choose projects in the most challenging markets initially before moving to the most promising.

The report, Distributed Hydrogen Systems Drive Clean Energy Microgrids, looks at early pilot programs showcasing distributed hydrogen systems and microgrids. The majority of microgrids deploying distributed hydrogen systems as of early 2021 have been remote microgrids developed in locations where there is no traditional grid, let alone pipeline infrastructure for natural gas that could be repurposed for hydrogen. Hydrogen was the key enabling technology to reach 100% renewable energy for most of the case studies presented in the report. An executive summary of the report is available for free download on the Guidehouse Insights website.


Lindsay Funicello-Paul



*The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Distributed Hydrogen Systems Drive Clean Energy Microgrids, is a summary and reflects the current expectations of Guidehouse Insights based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Guidehouse Insights nor Guidehouse undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.