Clean energy and the hydrogen economy

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Title: Clean energy and the hydrogen economy
Authors: Brandon, NP
Kurban, Z
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: In recent years, new-found interest in the hydrogen economy from both industry and academia has helped to shed light on its potential. Hydrogen can enable an energy revolution by providing much needed flexibility in renewable energy systems. As a clean energy carrier, hydrogen offers a range of benefits for simultaneously decarbonizing the transport, residential, commercial and industrial sectors. Hydrogen is shown here to have synergies with other low-carbon alternatives, and can enable a more cost-effective transition to de-carbonized and cleaner energy systems. This paper presents the opportunities for the use of hydrogen in key sectors of the economy and identifies the benefits and challenges within the hydrogen supply chain for power-to-gas, power-to-power and gas-to-gas supply pathways. While industry players have already started the market introduction of hydrogen fuel cell systems, including fuel cell electric vehicles and micro-combined heat and power devices, the use of hydrogen at grid scale requires the challenges of clean hydrogen production, bulk storage and distribution to be resolved. Ultimately, greater government support, in partnership with industry and academia, is still needed to realize hydrogen’s potential across all economic sectors.
Issue Date: 12-Jun-2017
Date of Acceptance: 6-Jan-2017
DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2016.0400
ISSN: 1364-503X
Publisher: Royal Society, The
Journal / Book Title: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A. Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Volume: 375
Issue: 2098
Sponsor/Funder: Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (E
Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (E
Funder's Grant Number: EP/L019469/1
Keywords: Science & Technology
Multidisciplinary Sciences
Science & Technology - Other Topics
fuel cell
MD Multidisciplinary
General Science & Technology
Publication Status: Published
Article Number: 20160400
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Engineering

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