Following an influx of new members, the Hydrogen Council has seen its influence grow around the world. In mid-January, the association said several global players, including Chevron, ElringKlinger, Mann+Hummel, McDermott and Nikola Motor, had joined the council in supporting roles. Its steering committee had also grown by five new members, namely CNH Industrial, Michelin, SaudiAramco, Schaeffler and Siemens. And another five, all of which operate in the finance sector, have formed an investor group. The organization’s membership total now stands at 81.
In January, Eui-sun Chung, the executive vice chairman of Hyundai Motor Company, was named co-chair of the Hydrogen Council. He now heads the organization together with Benoît Potier, Air Liquide’s chief executive and chairman of the council since its founding in 2017. Both stressed the import of creating a zero-carbon hydrogen society.
More and more news reports, talk shows and interviews with leading politicians in Germany are making explicit mention of fuel cells – sadly, most of the time only in reference to the diesel scandal among the country’s automakers. Still, it’s a clear sign that people are becoming aware of the technology’s potential. Pierre-Etienne Franc, secretary general of the Hydrogen Council, has said recently: “The years 2020 to 2030 will be for hydrogen what the 1990s were for solar and wind. It’s a real strategic shift.”