Full Title: Prospects for Hydrogen in the Future Energy System
Author(s): Joan M. Ogden
Publisher(s): Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California
Publication Date: 03/2018

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Hydrogen is a high quality energy carrier that could be produced at global scale, via
thermochemical processing of hydrocarbons, such as natural gas, coal or biomass, or water
electrolysis using any source of electricity including renewables, such as wind or solar, or
nuclear power. Hydrogen is receiving renewed attention driven by growing concerns about
climate change, air quality and integration of variable renewable energy into the energy system.
Recent energy/economic studies suggest that hydrogen and fuel cells could be important
technologies for simultaneously addressing these challenges in a future renewable-intensive, low
carbon energy system. In this paper, we review the technical and economic status of hydrogen
and fuel cell technologies, progress toward commercialization, and the role of policy. We discuss
timing, barriers, costs and benefits of a hydrogen transition, focusing on vehicle and energy
storage applications. Finally, we suggest guidelines for future policies guiding a hydrogen
transition.