Implementing a Hydrogen Energy Infrastructure: Storage Options and System Design

The development of a hydrogen infrastructure has been identified as a key barrier to implementing hydrogen as for a future transportation fuel. Several recent studies of hydrogen infrastructure have assessed near-term and long-term alternatives for hydrogen supply. This paper examines how advances in material science related to hydrogen storage could change how a future hydrogen infrastructure is designed. A focus is the effect of alternative hydrogen storage options on infrastructure. Using a simplified engineering/economic model for hydrogen infrastructure design and cost, some potential impacts of advances in storage materials, in terms of system design, cost, energy use, and greenhouse gas emissions, are explored. Improvements in existing storage technologies might reduce costs and affect the system design. It is found that the characteristics of hydrogen storage play a major role in the design, cost, energy use, and CO2 emissions of hydrogen supply infrastructure.

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  • Accession Number: 01150472
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UCD-ITS-RR-05-28
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 1 2010 6:44PM