In afternoon trade, the clean energy ETF is fetching a price of $11.85, representing an increase of 3.04% from its previous close. Despite the gain, the fund remains 15% below its 52-week high, which was set on 15 November 2021.
Shares in the ASX-listed Hydrogen ETF are rising in value today as a string of notable companies announce further hydrogen ambitions.
Industry titans dipping their toes in hydrogen
The green revolution has been relentless in attempting to upend traditional energy companies. As onlookers become more anxious about the world’s overreliance on fossil fuels, a swathe of more renewable and/or emission-free alternatives have gained traction.
More recently, hydrogen has been held to a high standard as an emission-free replacement to carbon-producing energy sources. For instance, Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG) founder Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest has been advocating for hydrogen.
The company’s subsidiary, Fortescue Industries aims to produce 15 million tonnes of water-derived fuel by 2030. Though, investors of the Hydrogen ETF are likely looking at the latest accomplices to join the fray with eager eyes.
Today, the hydrogen industry gained two major energy companies as participants in the hydrogen industry. While the companies haven’t announced a complete upheaval of their fossil fuel foundations, they have indicated — at a minimum — interest in hydrogen energy.
The companies in question are AGL Energy Limited (ASX: AGL) and Royal Dutch Shell (LSE: RDSA). Firstly, Shell has entered into a joint venture with BlueScope Steel Limited (ASX: BSL) to develop hydrogen projects at the Port Kembla Steelworks. Similarly, AGL has partnered with Fortescue Future Industries to explore the development of a hydrogen hub in the Hunter Valley.
Certainly, these announcements show a genuine interest from energy giants in testing the hydrogen waters. As such, investors of the Hydrogen ETF have likely gained a heightened conviction for hydrogen’s involvement in the future of energy.
How has the Hydrogen ETF performed?
Since listing on 7 October 2021, the ETFS Hydrogen ETF share price has rallied 17.2%. Interestingly, while the ETF is listed on the ASX, it does not contain any Australian companies. Instead, its constituents are predominantly based in the United States. However, the fund’s lack of Aussie companies has not held it back from outperforming the ASX.