HYDROGEN FUELLING - THE COST AND THE BENEFIT

Although hydrogen has been demonstrated as an outstanding fuel for transportation from a technical standpoint, its high cost has generally kept it non-competitive on the fuel market. Unfortunately, the market price system does not account for a wide range of societal costs such as pollution, economic vulnerability, etc., and thus fails to effect more socially beneficial alternatives. If we are to control the fuel supply situation effectively and avoid serious social disruption, it will be necessary to base fuel policy decisions on complete cost-benefit assessments taking into account externalities and non-market factors. This paper reviews current technology of hydrogen fuelling of aircraft and automotive transport and outlines the role of total cost-benefit analysis in developing a far reaching assessment of social impact as a guide to fuel policy decision making.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Environmental Engineering Conference Environmental Enquiry, Sydney, 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Institution of Engineers

    11 National Circuit
    Barton, A.C.T.,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Holt, D J
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00188629
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Preprint
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 14 1979 12:00AM