An outlook towards hydrogen supply chain networks in 2050 — Design of novel fuel infrastructures in Germany

Anton Ochoa Bique*, Edwin Zondervan

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Abstract

This work provides a comprehensive investigation of the feasibility of hydrogen as transportation fuel from a supply chain point of view. It introduces an approach for the identification the best hydrogen infrastructure pathways making decision of primary energy source, production, storage and distribution networks to aid the target of greenhouse gas emissions reduction in Germany. The minimization of the total hydrogen supply chain (HSC) network cost for Germany in 2030 and 2050 years is the objective of this study. The model presented in this paper is expanded to take into account water electrolysis technology driven by solar and wind energy. Two scenarios are evaluated, including a full range of technologies and “green” technologies using only renewable resources. The resulting model is a mixed integer linear program (MILP) that is solved with the Advanced Integrated Multidimensional Modeling System (AIMMS). The results show that renewable energy as a power source has the potential to replace common used fossil fuel in the near future even though currently coal gasification technology is the still the dominant technology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-103
Number of pages14
JournalChemical Engineering Research and Design
Volume134
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • AIMMS
  • Fuel infrastructures
  • Germany
  • Hydrogen supply chain design
  • Mixed integer linear programming

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