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How justified is the hydrogen hype? What investors need to know

Shares in companies developing hydrogen technologies have taken off recently, due to zero-carbon ambitions. But producing the clean fuel can be tricky and inefficient

By Andy Davis   June 2021

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The hottest investment story recently has been that hydrogen is set to play a big part in our transition to a zero-carbon future by about 2050. 

Shares in companies developing hydrogen technologies took off in the closing months of 2020, partly in response to the European Union’s Green Deal, which promises around €1 trillion of public and private investment in clean energy by 2030. Exchange traded funds offering ways to own baskets of clean energy stocks proliferated. Many have earned their early investors big, fast profits. UK-listed hydrogen power specialists, such as Ceres Power Holdings and ITM Power,…

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