Hydrogen strategy in Europe: towards a speculative bubble?

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The number of patents filed on hydrogen is exploding. But do targeted technologies that are all the rage among politicians really have a future?




through Geraldine Woessner

Emmanuel Macron at the wheel of the Hopium hydrogen car, at the motor show on October 17, 2022.
Emmanuel Macron drives the Hopium hydrogen car at the motor show on October 17, 2022.
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“Lthe production of hydrogen today remains almost 100% gas-based, but the world of innovation has already shifted to energy transition technologies”, confides to Point Yann Ménière, Chief Economist at the European Patent Office (EPO), who on January 10 publishes the most comprehensive study ever conducted on global trends in the hydrogen market over the past ten years, carried out in collaboration with the International Energy Agency (IEA) . .

The two organizations have identified all the patents filed in the sector for the period 2011-2020, keeping only the “international patent families”, that is, the inventions that have been the subject of an application. patents in at least two different countries, and which therefore has real potential…


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