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Towards a sustainable hydrogen economy: Optimisation-based framework for hydrogen infrastructure development

Moreno-Benito, M; Agnolucci, P; Papageorgiou, LG; (2017) Towards a sustainable hydrogen economy: Optimisation-based framework for hydrogen infrastructure development. Computers & Chemical Engineering , 102 pp. 110-127. 10.1016/j.compchemeng.2016.08.005. Green open access

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Abstract

This work studies the development of a sustainable hydrogen infrastructure that supports the transition towards a low-carbon transport system in the United Kingdom (UK). The future hydrogen demand is forecasted over time using a logistic diffusion model, which reaches 50% of the market share by 2070. The problem is solved using an extension of SHIPMod, an optimisation-based framework that consists of a multi-period spatially-explicit mixed-integer linear programming (MILP) formulation. The optimisation model combines the infrastructure elements required throughout the different phases of the transition, namely economies of scale, road and pipeline transportation modes and carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies, in order to minimise the present value of the total infrastructure cost using a discounted cash-flow analysis. The results show that the combination of all these elements in the mathematical formulation renders optimal solutions with the gradual infrastructure investments over time required for the transition towards a sustainable hydrogen economy.

Type: Article
Title: Towards a sustainable hydrogen economy: Optimisation-based framework for hydrogen infrastructure development
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.compchemeng.2016.08.005
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compchemeng.2016.08.005
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Hydrogen economy; Infrastructure development; Multi-period spatially-explicit MILP model; Economies of scale; Hydrogen transmission and distribution; CCS
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1573462
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