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Hydrogen Economy

Book Description

Hydrogen Economy: Supply Chain, Life Cycle Analysis and Energy Transition for Sustainability explores the challenges for the transition into a sustainable hydrogen economy. In this book, experts from various academic backgrounds discuss the tools and methodologies for the analysis, planning, design and optimization of hydrogen supply chains. They examine the available technologies for hydrogen production, storage, transport, distribution and energy conversion, providing a cross cutting perspective on their sustainability.

Environmental, social and economic aspects are considered, allowing for a more complete life cycle assessment of the entire supply chain. Methods and frameworks for multi-criteria decision making for the sustainable implementation of hydrogen systems are also covered. Providing a broad overview of the subject and well-recognized tools to manage hydrogen sustainability, this book is a useful resource for engineering researchers and PhD students in energy, environmental and industrial areas, energy economy researchers, practicing hydrogen energy engineers and technicians, energy and environmental consultants, life cycle assessment practitioners and consultants.

  • Provides a broad perspective of the issues related to environmental, social and economic sustainability of hydrogen energy and its future perspectives
  • Presents the current applied research and available tools for managing and assessing hydrogen energy sustainability, such as LCA, optimization, multi-criteria decision making and supply chain optimization
  • Explores how experts in the field handle all issues related to the application of life cycle assessment for hydrogen production, storage, transport, distribution and end use

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. List of Contributors
  6. Chapter 1. The Role of Hydrogen Energy: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 Introduction
    3. 2 SWOT Analysis of Hydrogen Economy in China
    4. 3 Strategy Prioritization
    5. 4 Conclusion
    6. Acknowledgments
    7. References
  7. Chapter 2. Introduction of Hydrogen Routines
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 Introduction
    3. 2 Hydrogen Production Routes From Fossil Fuels
    4. 3 Hydrogen Production Routes From Nuclear Energy
    5. 4 Hydrogen Routes From Renewable Energy
    6. References
  8. Chapter 3. Critical Factors and Cause–Effect Analysis for Enhancing the Sustainability of Hydrogen Supply Chain
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 Introduction
    3. 2 Criteria for the Design of Sustainable Hydrogen Supply Chain
    4. 3 Decision-Making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory
    5. 4 Application on Enhancing Sustainable Hydrogen Supply Chain
    6. 5 Discussion and Conclusion
    7. Acknowledgments
    8. References
    9. Further Reading
  9. Chapter 4. Design and Optimization of Hydrogen Supply Chains for a Sustainable Future
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 Introduction
    3. 2 Elementary Bricks for Hydrogen Supply Chain Design
    4. 3 Energy Sources
    5. 4 Production
    6. 5 Hydrogen Conditioning and Storage
    7. 6 Transportation
    8. 7 Refueling Stations
    9. 8 HSC Modeling Approaches
    10. 9 Conclusion
    11. References
    12. Further Reading
  10. Chapter 5. Life Cycle Cost Analysis of Hydrogen Energy Technologies
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 Introduction
    3. 2 Historical Development and Survey on Life Cycle Costing and Hydrogen Energy Technologies
    4. 3 Methods and Models for Life Cycle Costing
    5. 4 Analytic Balanced Cost Analysis: The Proposed “ABC” Analysis
    6. 5 Conclusion
    7. Acknowledgments
    8. References
    9. Further Reading
  11. Chapter 6. Life Cycle Assessment of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells: A Review
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 Nomenclature
    3. 2 Introduction
    4. 3 The Fuel Cell Technology
    5. 4 Life Cycle Assessment of SOFCs and PEMFCs: A Literature Review
    6. 5 Conclusions
    7. References
  12. Chapter 7. Social Life Cycle Assessment of Hydrogen Energy Technologies
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 Introduction
    3. 2 Social Life Cycle Assessment
    4. 3 Hydrogen Energy Technologies and Social Aspects
    5. 4 SLCA Stakeholders and Hydrogen Energy Technologies
    6. 5 Conclusion
    7. Acknowledgments
    8. References
  13. Chapter 8. Comparison of Different Multicriteria Decision-Making Methodologies for Sustainability Decision Making
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 Introduction
    3. 2 Data Processing
    4. 3 Weighting Methodology
    5. 4 Multicriteria Decision-making Methodology
    6. 5 Application
    7. 6 Conclusion and Discussion
    8. References
  14. Chapter 9. Sustainability Decision Support Framework for the Prioritization of Hydrogen Energy Systems
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 Introduction
    3. 2 Mathematical Methods
    4. 3 Case Study
    5. 4 Conclusion and Discussion
    6. Acknowledgment
    7. References
  15. Chapter 10. Opportunities and Future Challenges in Hydrogen Economy for Sustainable Development
    1. Abstract
    2. 1 Significance of Hydrogen Economy to Sustainable Development
    3. 2 Opportunities, Challenges, and Projection of Hydrogen Economy
    4. 3 Hydrogen Economy Strategies in Main Countries
    5. 4 International Cooperation Toward Hydrogen Economy
    6. 5 Conclusion
    7. References
  16. Index