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Renewable Hydrogen
Importance of the topic

For hydrogen to play a key role in the achievement of climate neutrality, its production will have to be fully decarbonized and the global production capacity increased by orders of magnitude compared to the current levels. Renewable-powered water electrolysis is currently the most mature approach to green hydrogen production and a significant increase in the deployment of this technology is envisaged within the next 10 years worldwide. However, there are several alternative processes to produce hydrogen from different combinations of renewable energy sources and feedstocks, which could complement electrolysis to achieve higher production capacities in a future flexible and resilient energy system. Networking and collaboration between worldwide experts on these processes will foster the advancement of their technology readiness level and the development of a shared approach for their technological assessment, which will help to fully understand the potential and issues of each option.

Alignment with the Strategic Plan

The task is fully aligned with the priorities set for the collaborative RD&D theme of the strategic plan 2020-2025. Furthermore, the development of alternative pathways to green hydrogen production based on different renewable sources/feedstocks allows to fully exploit the flexibility of hydrogen as a renewable energy carrier, thus consolidating its role as a link between different energy networks and contributing to the achievement of energy security objectives.

Main goals

The task mostly aims at monitoring the evolution and supporting the visibility of alternative green hydrogen production technologies as well as developing a framework for their technological assessment.

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Safety and RCS of Large Scale Hydrogen Energy Applications
Importance of the topic

Hydrogen Safety is a transversal topic that affects all stages of the hydrogen value chain. The Hydrogen TCP has traditionally covered relevant research throughout  Tasks 19, 31 and 37.               A significant change of pace of introduction of RES-based clean energy technologies that have significant hydrogen content into the marketplace changes the narrative around safety.  As a result, new hydrogen energy applications are being developed and deployed at a large scale in addition to light duty vehicles infrastructure. These applications, however, all have common topics that need to be addressed to resolve safety and regulatory issues pertaining to their deployment into the public domain. 

Alignment with the Strategic Plan

The proposed successor Task fits very well into the Hydrogen TCP Strategic Plan in the two of three Themes and Portfolios:

  • Collaborative R&D via case cases studies of large scale emerging hydrogen energy applications that involve elements of production, storage and integration in infrastructure;
  • Awareness and Social Acceptance via cases studies of effects of large scale hydrogen energy applications on social (comprehensive) risk and safety culture and management system, and disseminating methodologies and improve global public safety.
Main goals
  • Focus on large scale compressed and liquid hydrogen energy systems and applications
  • Focus on common horizontal safety & regulatory attributes of emerging large scale hydrogen energy applications
  • Focus on developing uniform methodologies via case studies and their results’ synthesis and analysis
  • Focus on practical recommendations for industry and standardization and regulatory bodies
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Offshore Hydrogen Production
Importance of the topic

Renewable hydrogen (H2) is considered a disruptive innovation within the global Energy Transition – and a game-changer identified as a strong alternative to fossil fuels.

That is due to its extreme versatility as it can be stored in either gas or liquid forms, or be converted into an electric current to be used as a transportation clean fuel when needed. The envisaged global large-scale renewable H2 production calls on the one hand for state of art production technology i.e. water electrolysis, and on the other for large-scale integration of renewable energy sources, located alongside onshore as well as offshore areas, as is the case with wind energy for Power-to-X purposes.

In such energy integration settings, the offshore hydrogen production (OHP) enables a powerful match with offshore wind turbine projects where there is a significant potential to improve the economics of renewable Hydrogen production and deployment to different end-use sectors – replacing fossil fuels and H2-based commodities for Industry.

Goals and structure

The main objective of the OHP Task is to structure a systemic and sustainable approach to offshore renewable hydrogen production enabling it to provide an international R&I collaboration platform as well as to produce recommendations and guidance to related decision-making processes.

Currently in a draft stage, the OHP Task’s structure will consist of complementary building blocks, from the technologic landscape on H2 production, wind generation, and respective operational conditions and maintenance, to the strategic planning of value chains, business models, costs, markets and trading, cross cutting-issues and road mapping. In case you are an IEA Member and have an interest in participating in this new Task, please fill in the form below.

 

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Hydrogen from Nuclear Energy
Goal and approach

The general objective is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the role of nuclear energy to produce hydrogen and to analyse economic and regulatory pathways for hydrogen from nuclear according to the local situation and a comprehensive assessment of the existing legal framework.

The Task will include both the business model evaluation and the analysis of the advantages regarding macro-economic impacts through a systemic approach.
Nuclear hydrogen assessment will be carried out both for the current nuclear fleet, including the business model analysis and the impact on nuclear reactor operating conditions, and for the future system. Possibilities of the dedicated-to-hydrogen production system or multiple applications for a nuclear plant or hybrid systems (combining renewables and nuclear) will be investigated.

The task will be focused on two directions: hydrogen production with current nuclear plant and current energy system, and future schemes for hydrogen production with nuclear energy, including a future scheme for the energy system. It will include 2 or 3 horizon time frames: 2030, 2040 and 2060 for example. It must include a large diversity in terms of geographical and economic scopes.

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