PR6 Assessments of the Merit of Different Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Pathways for Energy Applications

Author: Kathrin Volkart (PSI) Brian Cox (PSI) Rocco De Miglio (E4SMA) Martin Densing (PSI) Thierry Priem (CEA) Steve Pye (UCL), Jörg Burkhardt (KIT-ITAS) Andreas Patyk (KIT-ITAS)

Language: English Year: March 2016
Countries: European Union Weblink
Topics: Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Pathways Type: Policy Report
Energies: Hydrogen

Summary:

The goal of this policy report is the evaluation of the potential and supporting the positioning of stationary fuel cell and hydrogen (FCH) energy applications in the EU energy policy. We found that the potential, i.e. the contribution of FCH technologies to the energy supply, and the positioning, i.e. benefits of FCH technologies, decisively depend on the boundary conditions these technologies and pathways are facing. Namely with low natural gas prices, low carbon prices and low share of renewable power generation, low R&D investments, and without particular (financial) support schemes for FCH technologies, stationary FCH applications remain marginal and unfavourable.
Benefits of FCH technologies regarding CO2 emissions and flexibility in coping with intermittent renewable power only occur with high carbon prices and with a large share of renewable power generation.
In the framework of this publication, the Insight-E consortium has developed a tool to assess the merit of different hydrogen and fuel cell pathways. The tool is now available here: http://www.insightenergy.org/static_pages/scenario_information_system

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PR6: Assessments of the Merit of Different Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Pathways for Energy Applications