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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

Clean hydrogen

Decarbonising the economy with electrofuels

Clean hydrogen has the potential to be a key part of the global effort to implement the Paris Agreement. If current challenges to price, scale and transport are overcome, clean hydrogen will change the way we generate, store, transport and consume energy, as well as replace fossil fuel-based feedstocks in certain industrial processes. In doing so, it will help the world decarbonise 50% percent of the economy that green electric power cannot reach.

We are currently working with clients to identify and overcome the initial challenges posed in the creation of the clean hydrogen ecosystem and to take from "PowerPoint to reality" transactions in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors of the nascent green hydrogen value chain.

  • Early stage hydrogen project, Australia: Advised a fund in relation to an early stage hydrogen project in the Northern Territory of Australia.
  • Electrolyser JV, Europe: Advised a global supplier of industrial and specialty gases for the creation of a joint venture with a contractor/supplier for the development, production and sale of electrolysers on gigawatt scale in the EU.

  • Green Hydrogen, North Africa: Advised a solar power developer/investor in the project development and financing of the production of green hydrogen in a North African country via a hybrid (wind/solar) power solution for the production of green ammonia to be used both as a feedstock in local fertiliser production and for export.