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Developing Bhutan’s Clean Hydrogen Potential

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Tetra Tech developed a national hydrogen market study to support Bhutan’s carbon negative status and energy security by identifying green hydrogen production potential from renewable sources and pricing.

The United States Energy Association commissioned Tetra Tech to develop a national green hydrogen strategy to increase energy sector capabilities and develop clean energy for the country of Bhutan. The market study aimed to assist management and staff to understand and potentially develop green hydrogen production and export capacity.


  • Determined potential locations for hydrogen production stations and the type/size of electrolyzers
  • Estimated hydrogen’s serviceable consumption potential
  • Estimated the market and economic feasibility of hydrogen
  • Provided policy and regulatory recommendations for green hydrogen development

Tetra Tech reviewed the potential for hydrogen generation in Bhutan in the project’s first phase. Our experts assessed the country’s current and future hydropower development and consulted with market experts to better understand the potential for hydrogen production and utilization. We compiled lessons learned from national strategies in the leading clean hydrogen countries around the world, providing a strong international outlook on the hydrogen market.

[Tetra Tech’s] report has proved to be an invaluable resource in preparing our roadmap, and we are grateful for your contribution towards the development of green hydrogen in Bhutan.

Jamyang Tempa, Team Leader, Ministry of Energy of Bhutan

We created an overview of key national goals related to hydrogen, hydrogen regulatory frameworks, and incentive systems within those countries to identify best practices suitable for application in the unique context of Bhutan. Bhutan is one of the only carbon negative countries in the world. This is because the country’s landmass consists mostly of mountains that allow for incredible hydroelectric potential, which can be turned into green hydrogen through electrolysis of water. The second phase of the project included an in-depth hydrogen market study and strategy looking into possible capabilities to produce, store, and transport green hydrogen in Bhutan as well as potential off-take and export to external markets.

Tetra Tech’s work on this project will assist the people of Bhutan to continue to be carbon negative while allowing for economic growth as outlined in the Bhutanese National Vision 2030.

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