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Hydrogen Generation Market Size - By Delivery Mode (Captive, Merchant), By Process (Steam Reforming, Electrolysis), By Application (Petroleum Refining, Chemical, Metal), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, & Global Forecast, 2023-2032

  • Report ID: GMI1107
  • Published Date: May 2023
  • Report Format: PDF

Hydrogen Generation Market Size

Hydrogen Generation Market size surpassed USD 151 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to witness 6% CAGR from 2023 to 2032 driven by the growing preference for energy-efficient fuels globally.


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Due to hydrogen's flexibility and capacity to decarbonize difficult-to-abate industries, offer energy security, and redistribute renewable energy across geographies, the industry will gain significant momentum. The rapid transition from traditional fuels to renewable energy sources, as well as wide applications in sectors, such as semiconductors, will fuel industry expansion. Increasing crude oil consumption, along with increased expenditures in expanding existing refining facilities in developing nations, will present potential growth opportunities for market participants through 2032.

The hydrogen generation market will observe slow rise owing to the availability of cost-effective alternatives. In addition, the hydrogen production process is inefficient and costly when compared to other kinds of energy. Furthermore, high production costs, safety issues, poor infrastructure development, and constant changes in government regulations, are limiting the use of hydrogen. However, as public awareness of the product's benefits increases, hydrogen will gain popularity in the future.

Hydrogen Generation Market Analysis

Hydrogen Generation Market Size By Delivery Mode 2021-2032 (USD Billion)

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The hydrogen generation industry size from the captive segment generated over USD 126 billion in 2022 and is foreseen to expand significantly till 2032 attributed to the large-scale adoption of captive fleet cars, and the substantial hydrogen usage in the metal sector. In January 2023, Hy24, a joint venture between Ardian and FiveT Hydrogen, launched 'The Clean H2 Infra Fund', a €2 billion infrastructure investment fund in several upstream projects, including renewable and low-carbon hydrogen production and downstream projects, such as captive fleets and refueling stations. Moreover, various technical breakthroughs are likely to drive process adoption in a wide range of applications.

Asia Pacific Hydrogen Generation Market Share By Process 2022

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Hydrogen generation market from the steam methane reforming process type will exceed USD 240 billion by 2032. The abundant supply of conventional fuels, which leads to lower operational costs, coupled with the improvements in economic and operational advantages, is likely to raise demand for SMR. The key advantage of steam reforming is that it generates the highest yield of hydrogen, which has boosted its use in most hydrogen production facilities, including central oil plants and gas refineries. Moreover, a growing emphasis on funding programs with the objective of tapping regional product demand will provide business growth opportunities.

Hydrogen Generation Market Share By Application 2022

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The industry revenues from the chemical sector amassed more than USD 84 billion in 2022 and is set to observe a rapid rate through 2032. The increasing need for energy goods, including industrial feedstocks, as well as the increased demand for ammonia and methanol production will boost segment growth.  However, cost-effectiveness and large-scale utilization in multiple verticals will drive the market development.

The North America captured more than 11.5% of the industry share in 2022. With around 10 million metric tons of hydrogen generated annually in the United States, the need for hydrogen for petroleum refining and ammonia manufacturing is increasing. In addition, favorable government actions to encourage the use of renewable fuels to minimize GHG emissions, in conjunction with energy restrictions, will strengthen the market statistics during 2023-2032.

Hydrogen Generation Market Share

Major participants in the market for hydrogen generation include:

  • Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
  • Cummins Inc.
  • Iwatani Corporation
  • Messer
  • Plug Power Inc.
  • Ally Hi-Tech Co., Ltd.
  • Nel ASA

These firms are often engaged in strategic projects to improve their market standing, such as collaborations and service portfolio expansions.

Hydrogen Generation Market News

  • In September 2022, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., an American international corporation, was awarded a hydrogen contract by Imperial Oil Limited, a Canada-based crude oil producer & petroleum refiner, to supply low-carbon hydrogen for Imperial’s planned renewable diesel complex at its refinery site. Air Products will also supply a pipeline from its hydrogen plant, which is under construction.
  • In March 2023, Thermax Limited, a leading provider of energy and environmental solutions, and Fortescue Future Industries, an Australia-based green energy and green technology firm, signed an MOU to explore green hydrogen projects, including new production facilities in India.

This market research report on hydrogen generation includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecasts in terms of “USD Billion” from 2019 to 2032 for the following segments:

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Market, By Delivery Mode

  • Captive
  • Merchant

Market, By Process

  • Steam Reforming
  • Electrolysis
  • Others

Market, By Application

  • Petroleum Refining
  • Chemical
  • Metal
  • Others

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Netherlands
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan 
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Iran
    • UAE
    • South Africa
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Chiles


Authors: Ankit Gupta, Srishti Agarwal

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of hydrogen generation exceeded USD 151 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow at 6% CAGR during 2023 to 2032 owing to the growing preference for energy-efficient fuels globally.

The chemical sector generated USD 84 billion in 2022 and is projected to grow at a robust pace through 2032 driven by the increasing preference for energy goods.

North America held 11.5% global hydrogen generation business share in 2022 and is estimated to record exponential growth led by the increasing number of favorable government initiatives promoting the use of renewable fuels.

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Cummins Inc., Iwatani Corporation, Messer, RESONAC HOLDINGS CORPORATION, Ally Hi-Tech Co., Ltd., CALORIC, NUVERA FUEL CELLS, LLC, Plug Power Inc, and Nel ASA, among others, are among the top firms engaged in the hydrogen generation sector.

Hydrogen Generation Market Scope

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  • Base Year: 2022
  • Companies covered: 19
  • Tables & Figures: 395
  • Countries covered: 19
  • Pages: 250
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