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Analyzing the Hydrogen Economy

  • February 2013
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  • Aruvian's R'search
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  • 170 pages

A hydrogen economy is a hypothetical economy in which energy is stored and transported as hydrogen (H2). Various hydrogen economy scenarios can be envisaged using hydrogen in a number of ways. Proponents of a hydrogen economy suggest that hydrogen is an environmentally cleaner source of energy to end-users, particularly in transportation applications, without release of pollutants (such as greenhouse gasses) at the point of end use; and that these advantages may hold similarly with use of hydrogen produced with energy from fossil fuels, if carbon capture or carbon sequestration methods are utilized at the site of energy or hydrogen production.

Meanwhile, critics of a hydrogen economy argue that for many planned applications of hydrogen, direct use of energy in the form of electricity, chemical batteries and fuel cells, and production of liquid synthetic fuels from carbon dioxide, might accomplish many of the same net goals of a hydrogen economy, while requiring only a small fraction of the investment in new infrastructure.

The latest offering from Aruvian's R'search brings you a complete analysis of the Hydrogen Economy. Analyzing the Hydrogen Economy report contains a focused socio-economic, political, and environmental analysis of the factors affecting the hydrogen economy. The report contains an analysis of the technologies involved in hydrogen production, hydrogen storage, hydrogen conversion, and much more.

The report also carries in-depth case studies on the various countries which are actively involved in the hydrogen economy. An analysis of the technical barriers, other issues, cost effectiveness affecting the hydrogen economy, and the procedure involved in the actually implementation of the hydrogen economy are all discussed in great details inside this report. Determining the future of the hydrogen economy and the energy industry becomes a lot easier with this report.

Table Of Contents

Analyzing the Hydrogen Economy
Table of Contents

A. Executive Summary

B. Introduction to Hydrogen and the Hydrogen Economy
What is Hydrogen?
Properties of Hydrogen
Energy Needs of a Hydrogen Economy
Production Processes of Hydrogen
Hydrogen from Coal
Hydrogen from Natural Gas
Hydrogen from Nuclear Energy
Hydrogen from Renewable Energy Sources
Hydrogen Production Costs from Various Methods
Hydrogen Packaging
Compression Process
Hydrogen Liquefaction
Physical Hydrides
Chemical Hydrides
Delivering Hydrogen
On Road Delivery
Delivery through Pipelines
On-site Generation
Delivered Hydrogen Cost Estimates
Transferring Hydrogen

C. A Global Hydrogen Energy System

D. Current Hydrogen Industry

E. Broad Issues with the Hydrogen Economy

F. Technical Issues and Cost Barriers to the Hydrogen Economy
Issues with Production, Distribution, Storage
Carbon Capture and Storage
Fuel Cells

G. Environmental Implications of Hydrogen

H. Environmental Impacts of Hydrogen Production Methods

I. Environmental Impact of the Hydrogen Economy
Hydrogen in the Atmosphere
Hydrogen in the Troposphere - A Modeled Scenario
Is Hydrogen a GHG?
GHG Consequences and the Hydrogen Economy
Water Vapor Emissions of a Hydrogen Economy

J. Role of Fuel Cells in the Hydrogen Economy

K. Developing the Hydrogen Economy
Developing the Hydrogen Infrastructure and Associated Costs
Required Government Support
Projections of Hydrogen Use

L. Key Policy Questions in the Future of Hydrogen

M. Socio-Economic Features of the Hydrogen Economy
Why Develop Hydrogen?
Hydrogen Technologies
Transportation and Distribution of Hydrogen
Hydrogen Storage
Conversion of Hydrogen and Uses
Electricity Generation
Applications in Transportation

N. Hydrogen for Developing Countries
Suggestions for National Energy Policy Makers
Role of International Governments and NGOs

O. Hydrogen from Hydrocarbons and Carbon Sequestration

P. The Potential of Renewable Hydrogen and Required Production Strategies

Q. Role of Ammonia in Hydrogen Economy
Properties of Ammonia
Production of Ammonia
Technical Description
Energy Usage
Decomposition of Ammonia
Storing Anhydrous Ammonia
Using Ammonia as a Hydrogen Carrier
Two-way Carriers
One-way Carriers
Existing Ammonia Distribution
Ammonia Pipelines in Operation
Ammonia Tanker Ships
Ammonia Trucking
Ammonia Distribution Costs
Safety Issues Associated with Ammonia

R. An Alternative to Hydrogen Fuel - Synthetic Methanol

S. Outlook for the Hydrogen Economy

T. Case Studies
United States
European Union
United Kingdom

U. Appendix

V. Glossary of Terms

Companies Mentioned

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